Scandinavian Special Interest Group

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BCGS Members, Scandinavian Midsummer, 2011BCGS Members at the 2011 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Scandinavian Community Centre, Burnaby

Scandinavian Day at the BCGS Library –  Details soon.

Scandinavian Special Interest Group Meetings

The Scandinavian Group usually meets on the third Saturday of the month, (except for July, August and December), 1 – 3 pm at the Scandinavian Cultural Center, 6540 Thomas St., Burnaby, B.C. Website: www.scandinaviancentre.org

The Scandinavian Group attends events like the European Festival in Burnaby in May and Scandinavian Midsummer in June in Burnaby. Other events & activities take place throughout the year. Please check the BCGS website calendar. or contact one of the Scandinavian Group members below.

The group’s activities are in co-operation with the Scandinavian Cultural Society (SCS) which sponsors many events and projects throughout the year. Check the SCS website for upcoming activities or membership information: www.scandinavianculturalsociety.org

** Handout from the Finding Your Roots Family History Seminar, October, 2012 – Scandinavian-Nordic Genealogy, by M. Diane Rogers (pdf file)

Scandinavian Special Interest Group Contacts

  • Poul Erik Rasmussen – Specialty: Denmark  E:mail: sonofrasmus @ shaw.ca Telephone: 604 526 1233
  • M. Diane Rogers -Specialty: Sweden  E-mail:diane_rogers @ shaw.ca Telephone: 604 724 8744

BCGS Walter Draycott Library – Scandinavian Resources

The BC Genealogical Society’s Walter Draycott Library holds over 16,000 genealogical publications, microforms, CDs and other materials.

The Library includes many resources for Scandinavian research, including general guides and dictionaries, genealogical books and CDs, journals from Scandinavian and North American-Scandinavian genealogical and historical societies and maps.

Search the BCGS Walter Draycott Library catalogues on this website.

LIBRARY HOURS: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday – 10 am to 3 pm. (Closed holiday weekends and if it snows.)

BCGS members have free access to the Library and borrowing privileges; $5.00 a day fee for non-members.

Library Address: Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue, Surrey, B.C. (Note: see mailing address below)

BCGS Walter Draycott Library Telephone: 604 502 9119

New to Scandinavian Genealogy? Selected Web Links

for Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and for Scandinavian history, add’l resources, on-line translating

Newer to Genealogy? See the last section on this page and check FamilySearch.org first for general tutorials and guides for researching each individual country.

DENMARK

Danish State Archives: www.sa.dk/content/us

Danish Research Outline by Aurelia Clemons: www.ida.net/users/really

Danish Parishes, Danish Naming Patterns, etc. ProGenealogists: www.progenealogists.com/denmark/parishes.htm

DIS-Danmark, association of genealogical researchers: www.dis-danmark.dk/dis-english.asp

Danish Canadian National Museum & Gardens, Dickson, Alberta: www.dancanmuseum.ca

If you have lost contact with friends or family that have immigrated to British Columbia, Canada, the Danish Lutheran Church of Vancouver is happy to help you re-establish contact: http://www.danishchurch.vancouver.bc.ca/kirkebladet/findfamily.html

FINLAND

FinnLinks: www.genealogia.fi/finnlinks

Genealogical Society of Finland: www.genealogia.fi/indexe.htm

Institute of Migration at Turku: http://www.migrationinstitute.fi/index_e.php

Directory of Cities and Towns, and Regions in Finland: www.fallingrain.com/world/FI

How to pronounce Finnish names, Kai Nikulainen: www.sci.fi/~kajun/finns

Historismi.net (English page): http://www.saunalahti.fi/hirvela/indexuk.html

Excerpts from “Archival Sources for the Study of Finnish Canadians” by Edward W. Laine: http://my.tbaytel.net/bmartin/nac-finn.htm

Main outlines of Finnish history by Dr. Seppo Zetterberg. This is Finland, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland: http://finland.fi/Public/default.aspx?contentid=160058

Monument of the Winter War, lists of Finnish and Soviet solders fallen in battle near Suomossalmi in 1939-1940: http://heninen.net/raatteentie/luettelo/english.htm

GREENLAND

Greenland GenWeb site: www.geocities.com/Heartland/Prairie/8066/greenland.htm

Greenland Research Centre, University of Denmark: www.natmus.dk/sw18625.asp

Oqaasileriffik – the Greenland Language Secretariat (personal names, place names, dictionary): www.oqaasileriffik.gl/content/us

“Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World – Greenland” by Anker Weidick, with section on ‘The Landsat Images of Greenland’ by Richard S. Williams, Jr. and Jane G. Ferrigno (includes place names, etc.) U.S. Geological Survey. PDF file: http://pubs.usgs.gov/prof/p1386c

ICELAND

Icelandic Genweb: www.rootsweb.com/~islwgw

Icelandic Genealogy Society: www.aett.is

“What’s in an Icelandic Name?” by Bob Brooke, AllScandinavia: www.allscandinavia.com/icelandicnames.htm

Antique Maps of Iceland, National and University Library of Iceland and the Central Bank of Iceland: http://kort.bok.hi.is

The Emigration from Iceland to North America: www.halfdan.is/vestur/vestur.htm

The New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli, Manitoba: www.nihm.ca

NORWAY

Digital Archives, National Archives of Norway: http://www.arkivverket.no/english

DIS-Norge, Genealogy Society of Norway: www.disnorge.no/eng/index.html

Velkommen to Norway Genealogy: www.rootsweb.com/~wgnorway

“Those Norwegian names, tips for the ‘online’ researcher” by Børge Solem, Norway-Heritage: www.norwayheritage.com/norwegian-names.htm

“Pursuing Sami Genealogy” by Christopher Pesklo: http://lavvu.com/geno/SamiArtical.html

Immigrants to Canada – Norwegians: http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/~marj/genealogy/norwegian.html

Ancestors from Norway by John Føllesdal: http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~norway

SWEDEN

SweGGate, the Swedish Genealogical Gate: www.rootsweb.com/~swewgw

Swedish Roots, Federation of Swedish Genealogical Societies: www.genealogi.se/roots

Swedish Patronymics, Farm names, Soldier names, by Jorge Lintrup, Genealogy in Dalarna: www.genealogi.se/dalarna/welcome.htm

How To Research Swedish Soldiers: http://hem.passagen.se/mrwalker/howto.htm

Burial index, Stockholm cemeteries, Sweden: http://hittagraven.stockholm.se

The Swedish Gazetteer, National Atlas of Sweden: www.sna.se/gazetteer.html

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center: www.augustana.edu/swenson/genealogy.html

Swedes in Canada Project: http://www.swedesincanada.ca/index.html

ADDITIONAL SCANDINAVIAN RESOURCES

FamilySearch – International Genealogical Index-IGI (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden), Vital Records Index-VRI (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden) and  Church Record databases and indexes, including baptismal records and census (various years and places), research wiki, forums, etc. on the new Beta site: htttp://www..familysearch.org

Free forms, IGI, VRI, Scandinavian country research guides, word lists, maps and more. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: www.familysearch.org See above.

Rootsweb Country, Surname & Topic Mailing Lists and Message Boards: http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Scandinavia & Nordic Sites, Cyndi’s List: www.cyndislist.com/genscan.htm

Various indexes for Scandinavian and North American-Scandinavian records, The Generations Network (Ancestry.com) – subscription site: www.ancestry.com

Various worldwide indexes, currently for North American-Scandinavian records. World Vital Records – subscription site: www.worldvitalrecords.com

Scandinavian Newspapers and Other News Sources,Scandinavian Studies Web, Western European Studies Section (WESS/WESSWeb) Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association: www.library.yale.edu/wess/scand/nordnews.html

Scandinavia Special Interest Group, JewishGen: www.jewishgen.org/Scandinavia

Emigrant Tracking, Finnish and Scandinavian resources: http://sydaby.eget.net/swe/emi_intro.htm

Scandinavian Immigrant Experience Collection, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.A.: http://www.plu.edu/~archives/SIE%20Collection/Collections%20Guide.htm

Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.: www.nordicmuseum.com

Scandinavian Press/Swedish Press, Vancouver, B.C.: www.nordicway.com

Google Earth: http://earth.google.com

SCANDINAVIAN HISTORY

History of Scandinavia, Wikipedia: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandinavia

Scandinavian History page, Western European Studies Section (WESS/WESSWeb) Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association: http://wess.lib.byu.edu/index.php/History_-_Scandinavia

The European Library: http://search.theeuropeanlibrary.org/portal/en/index.html

NEWER TO GENEALOGY?

RootsWeb’s Guide to Tracing Family Trees: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rwguide/?cj=1&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688

12 Steps to Genealogical Fitness by Lisa Alzo, M.F.A. Free article on Ancestry.com: www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=10927

How to Start Your Family History, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: www.familysearch.org/eng/Home/Welcome/frameset_information.asp

Encyclopedia of Genealogy: www.eogen.com/Home

Robert Ragan’s Genealogy Compass – videos with practical tips – working with GEDCOMS, using Google, flash drives: http://genealogycompass.com

Beginner’s Genealogy Links, CyndisList: www.cyndislist.com/beginner.htm

Free On-line Translating – Scandinavian languages

Google Translate – for text, webpages, etc.: http://translate.google.com

IM Translate – text, e-mail: http://translation.imtranslator.net/translate/default.asp

Babylon (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish): http://translation.babylon.com

 

B.C.G.S. SCANDINAVIAN GROUP MEMBERS’ WEBSITES

Lillian Jean Svendsen’s website (originally www.ljsvendsen.com), courtesy of the Internet Archive’s WayBack Machine: http://web.archive.org/web/20110202220428/http://ljsvendsen.com/

AXNER, BROSTRÖM, ERIKSSEN, JOHANSON, LÖFHOLM, RYDBERG & ZETTERBERG: SWEDEN TO CANADA, M. Diane Rogers: www.swedesinbc.tribalpages.com/?userid=swedesinbc

Contact the B.C.G.S. Scandinavian group

By e-mali or telephone: see contact information above.

By Mail: BCGS Scandinavian Group, P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, B.C., CANADA V6X 3T6

Mention of any outside service, website or business, etc. does not imply any endorsement by the B.C. Genealogical Society.

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