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ONLINE: Introduction to Nordic Genealogy

September 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This online series presents genealogical resources and techniques, starting with facts from your personal experience and your family’s history. Research into documentary evidence moves from America into Scandinavia, practicing with the old languages. In this series you will learn about tracing migration routes, reading old prints and hand writing, name changes in America, and finding American and European records and documents.

Class schedule and overview of classes:
September 21: Overview of Nordic genealogy, old print, and first names
October 19: Last names, American records, handwriting, migration history
November 16: Scandinavian civil and church records
December 14: Find your family in Scandinavian records!
January 18: Search Scandinavian land, military, and court records

Handouts sent out before these classes and homework recommended between meetings will keep you involved in discovering, recording, evaluating, and organizing stories of your ancestors.

All participants will have opportunities to ask questions during and after these meetings.

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.

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.

Register for this online event here.


September 21
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Nordic Northwest
(503) 977-0275
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