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ONLINE: An Introduction to Nordic Family Genealogy

30 June, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Where did your family come from? Did they live in northern Europe—Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, or Sweden? We can work together to find them!

You will view the excellent documents of Scandinavia on the Web. You’ll see the old print and old handwriting of the closely related languages—even Finnish records were written in Swedish before the 1860’s—and practice translation. Learn about name variations and patronymics—the “son” names.

Interested in a more in depth program? Stay tuned for Mike’s six part series beginning in September! More information to come.

Register for this online event here.

Meet Your Instructor, Mike Thompson:
Genealogist and translator Mike Thompson taught Norwegian for many years at Sons of Norway in Vancouver, WA, and has assisted in Norwegian classes at Portland State University, his alma mater. He also reads Danish and Swedish.

At fourteen, Mike became interested in family history: his mother’s Norwegians and Swedes and his father’s Finns. In 1972 he began to teach Nordic research techniques to genealogical and cultural organizations from Salem to Bellingham. In 1977 he and his wife (of Norwegian and Danish descent) visited ancestral homes and family in Scandinavia. The research chair of the Scandinavian Genealogical Society since its inception thirty years ago, he has advised hundreds of families at ScanFair.

Mike has made a small book documenting his mother’s family’s immigration, and has translated history, songs, and a Norwegian novel from 1880. He has traced some of his roots into the 1500’s, and continues to translate and advise researchers.


30 June, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Nordic Northwest
(503) 977-0275
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