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Research: Scandinavian Ancestors
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This course takes a broad view of Scandinavian genealogy to assist the beginner in the challenge of researching in these five countries. Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden, together with their dependencies, have complex, intertwined histories. They also have a number of different languages used at different periods throughout their history.

The records are generally similar throughout Scandinavia but there are important differences as well. The patronymic naming system was used in most, but not all, of the region and this necessitates a rather different approach to using the records than in traditional research. The use of multiple surnames also creates a challenge but the detailed nature of the records enable a firm pedigree to be established and much family information to be discovered.


Course Content

Module 1
 
Introduction
•Map of Scandinavia
•Languages
•Naming Practices
•Patronymic IGI
•Dates
•Julian and Gregorian Calendars
•Feast Days
•Major Sources
•Scandinavian Genealogy on the Internet
•General Comments On Land Divisions
•General Comments On Parish Registers
•Reading the Parish Register
•Reading Parish Records with Patronymics
•Note On Civil Registration
•General References for Scandinavia
 

Module 2
 
Denmark, Including Faeroes, Greenland & The Danish West Indies
•Brief History of Denmark
•Languages Used in Danish Records
•Danish Genealogical Word List
•Danish Given Names
•Danish Geography & Place Names
•Alphabetical List of Danish Counties, 1793-1970
•Recommended Strategy for Successful Danish Research
•Danish Parish Registers
•Finding Your Parish Register
•Danish Civil Registration
•Danish Censuses
•Danish Probates
•Danish Military Records
•Other Danish Sources
•General References for Danish Genealogy
•Danish Archives & Genealogy Societies
 
Finland
•Brief History of Finland
•Languages Used in Finnish Records
•Finnish Genealogical Word List
•Finnish Surnames
•Finnish Given Names
•Finnish Geography & Place Names
•List of Finnish Counties as of 1945
•Recommended Strategy for Successful Finnish Research
•Finnish Communion Books & Preconfirmations
•Contents of Finnish Main Books
•Finnish Parish Registers
•Finnish Civil Registration
•Finnish Certificates of Departure
•Finnish Censuses
•Finnish Probates
•General References for Finnish Genealogy
•Finnish Archvies & Genealogy Societies
 

Module 3
 
Iceland
•Brief History of Iceland
•Languages Used in Icelandic Records
•Icelandic Genealogical Word List
•Icelandic Personal Names
•Icelandic Geography & Place Names
•Alphabetical List of Icelandic Counties
•Recommended Strategy for Successful Icelandic Research
•Icelandic Parish Registers
•Finding Your Parish Register
•Icelandic Civil Registration
•Icelandic Censuses
•Icelandic Probates
•Other Icelandic Sources
•General References for Icelandic Genealogy
•Icelandic Archives & Genealogy Societies
 
Norway
•Brief History of Norway
•Languages Used in Norwegian Records
•Norwegian Genealogical Word List
•Norwegian Surnames
•Norwegian Given Names
•Norwegian Geography & Place Names
•Alphabetical List of Norwegian Counties
•Recommended Strategy for Successful Norwegian Research
•Norwegian Parish Registers
•Finding Your Parish Register
•Norwegian Civil Registration
•Norwegian Farm & Family History Books
•Norwegian Censuses
•Norwegian Probates
•Norwegian Military Records
•Other Norwegian Sources
•General References for Norwegian Genealogy
•Norwegian Archives & Genealogy Societies
 

Module 4
 
Sweden
•Brief History of Sweden
•Languages Used in Swedish Records
•Swedish Genealogical Word List
•Swedish Personal Names
•Swedish Given Names
•Swedish Geography & Place Names
•Alphabetical List of Swedish Counties
•Recommended Strategy for Successful Swedish Research
•Swedish Clerical Surveys
•Swedish Parish Registers
•Finding Your Parish Register
•Church Record Extracts
•Swedish Civil Registration
•Certificates of Departure or Exit Permits
•Swedish Censuses
•Swedish Probates
•Swedish Military Records
•Other Swedish Sources
•General References for Swedish Genealogy
•Swedish Archives & Geealogy Societies
 
Concluding Remarks
 
 

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