In-Depth Swedish and Finnish Research

Wednesdays, September 16–November 18, 2020
11:00 am–2:15 pm MDT

Jeff Svare

Jeff Svare, AG

This course will discuss not only the most-frequently-used records such as the church and census, but it will also include in-depth instruction into the probate and court, taxation, land and property, military, minorities, and DNA resources. Examples of the use of these records will provide in-depth knowledge you have never had before!

Additional information will be shared about local organizations, National Archives online catalogs, as well as Scandinavian-American organizations and their record availability. 

Learning will be enhanced through weekly homework assignments and private Facebook group discussions.

Level of Instruction

Intermediate. Students should already have a solid understanding of church, tax, and probate records prior to taking this course. No prior course in Nordic research is required in order to take this course.

Technical Requirements

This course will meet online using Zoom Meetings. Sessions will be recorded for personal review and available for up to 30 days following the end of the course. Students are responsible to provide their own equipment and adequate bandwidth to participate actively in the course. Webcams and noise-cancelling headphones are strongly advised. Additional technical information will be sent to registered participants via email.

Homework

Homework assignments will be given to work on at your convenience between sessions. Students may use their own research to complete homework when possible. Homework will be posted to a closed Facebook group, where further discussion will take place under the direction of the faculty.

Certificate of Completion

Students must attend all class sessions and submit all homework in order to be eligible for a certificate of completion. When attendance conflicts arise, students may watch the recorded class sessions.

Other Instructors

  • Elaine E. Hasleton, AG
  • Geoffrey Fröberg Morris, AG
  • Niclas Persson Tenhuinen of Torsby, Sweden

Schedule

Wednesdays, 16 September 2020–18 November 2020

  • 11:00 am–2:15 pm MDT
  • Two 75-minute lecture/work periods, with a 15-minute break

Tuition

  • Regular Price: $485.00
  • UGA Member Price: $465.00

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Course Schedule

Times Class Title Instructor
September 16th
11:00 am–12:30 pm Overview and Introductions Svare
12:45–2:00 pm Research Fundamentals Panel
2:00–2:15 pm Homework Assignment Faculty
September 23rd
11:00–11:15 am Homework Review Faculty
11:15 am–12:30 pm Where Are the Records? - Jurisdictions, Gazetteers, and Maps Svare
12:45–2:00 pm The Parish Archives - Kyrkoarkiv, A Deeper View, Part 1 Morris
2:00–2:15 pm Homework Assignment Faculty
September 30th
11:00–11:15 am Homework Review Faculty
11:15 am–12:30 pm The Parish Archives - Kyrkoarkiv, A Deeper View, Part 2 Morris
12:45–2:00 pm Taxation - Mantallslängder, Taxeringslängder, Tiondelängder, and Jordeböcker Morris
2:00–2:15 pm Homework Assignment Faculty
October 7th
11:00–11:15 am Homework Review Faculty
11:15 am–12:30 pm Inheritance and Death Duties - Bouppteckningar Morris
12:45–2:00 pm Law and the Courts - Domböcker and Småprotokoller Morris
2:00–2:15 pm Homework Assignment Faculty
October 14th
11:00–11:15 am Homework Review Faculty
11:15 am–12:30 pm The Military and the Merchant Marine Svare
12:45–2:00 pm The National Land Survey - Lantmäterie Morris
2:00–2:15 pm Homework Assignment Faculty
October 21st
11:00–11:15 am Homework Review Faculty
11:15 am–12:30 pm Swedish & Finnish Culture Wedin
12:45–2:00 pm Migration, Emigration, Immigration Svare
2:00–2:15 pm Homework Assignment Faculty
October 28th
11:00–11:15 am Homework Review Faculty
11:15 am–12:30 pm Minorities and Their Records Wedin
12:45–2:00 pm The Archives Svare
2:00–2:15 pm Homework Assignment Faculty
November 4th
11:00–11:15 am
(MST)
Homework Review Faculty
11:15 am–12:30 pm Finnish Settlements and Organizations in North America Hasleton
12:45–2:00 pm Swedish Settlements and Organizations in North America Hasleton
2:00–2:15 pm Homework Assignment Faculty
November 11th
11:00–11:15 am Homework Review Faculty
11:15 am–12:30 pm Swedish & Finnish DNA, Part 1 Myhrvold
12:45–2:00 pm Swedish & Finnish DNA, Part 2 Myhrvold
2:00–2:15 pm Homework Assignment Faculty
November 18th
11:00–11:15 am Homework Review Faculty
11:15 am–12:30 pm Swedish & Finnish Local Organizations Wedin
12:45–2:15 pm Ask Us Anything Panel

Faculty

Elaine E. Hasleton, AG

Elaine E. Hasleton, AGElaine Helgeson Hasleton is an Accredited Genealogist for the countries of Norway and Sweden. She has done professional Scandinavian research for over forty years. She currently works for FamilySearch as a Deputy, Chief Genealogical Officer, where her passion is networking with Scandinavians and Scandinavian-Americans, particularly in the Upper Midwest. Her previous assignments with FamilySearch include Manager, VIP Projects and VIP Hosting, and Manager, Scandinavian Reference Unit, both at the Family History Library.

Geoffrey Fröberg Morris, AG

Geoffrey Fröberg Morris, AGGeoffrey Fröberg Morris began doing Swedish genealogy over 25 years ago. He has been a member of the Nordic team at the Family History Library since 2000, and accredited with ICAPGen in Swedish research since 2004. Geoff has engaged in many archival visits in Sweden, authored hundreds of pages in the Family Search Wiki, and presents at conferences routinely. He co-founded The Swedish Genealogy Guide where he offers additional tools and instruction through the company website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

Niclas Persson Tenhuinen

Niclas Persson TenhuinenNiclas Persson Tenhuinen is a Torsby (Värmland County, Sweden) born Forest Finn descendant, who is currently a freelancer as a Historical and Ethnographic Consultant on The Forest Finn Population, Culture and its History over 400 years. He is also President of Solör-Värmland Finnkulturförening (an organization on both sides of the Swedish-Norwegian border, founded in 1958 and concerned with the preservation of the Forest Finn history and culture), and is pursuing a Ph.D. Niclas is also running the Forest Finn DNA Project. Niclas has a B.A. in Social and Economic History and Human Genography, with special reference to Ethnic Minorities. He formerly worked as an Antiquarian at the Centre of Forest Finn Culture in Scandinavia. He has a Finnish girlfriend who is a filmmaker, a daughter, and a cat called Salmiak.

Jeff Svare, AG

Jeff Svare, AGJeff Svare is currently the supervisor for the Historical Records section of the FamilySearch Research Wiki. Previously he was the manager of FamilySearch’s Scandinavian records collection. He has been involved with records acquisition in Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Scandinavia since joining FamilySearch in 1987.

 

Maud Wedin, PhD

Maud Wedin, PhDDr. Maud Wedin has extensive experience in the fields of human geography, ethnology, archeology and education. Her main academic focus is on the Forest Finns, specifically their colonization and settlement of areas north from Dalälven in Sweden and their subsequent acculturation and assimilation.

She has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Umeå (1984) and a degree in ethnology from Stockholm and Uppsala Universities (1994); Master of Social Science with a major in Social and Economic Geography by Mid-Sweden University (1999); and a PhD from University of Trondheim (2007). Dr. Wedin has authored over twenty monographs and articles since 1990—her publications in English include the booklet Forest Finns of Scandinavia (2011) and the article titled "Highlights in Current Forest Finn Research."

She has been chairman of FINNSAM since the organization's founding in 1992, and publisher for Finnbygdens Förlag.