Ruth Ellen   Maness, AG

35+ years experience in Germanic & Scandinavian records, Former Senior Research Consultant at the Family History Library. Co-compiler, Passport to Paradise: The Copenhagen "Mormon" Passenger Lists, Legacy of Sacrifice; lecturer for NGS, FGS, BYU, UGA, ICAPGen conferences; Former instructor at the Salt Lake Institute; Germany, Poland, England, South Africa, and Eastern/Southern/Mid-Western U.S. research trips; contributor to Everton's Genealogical Helper.


September 06, 2013
2:30 pm : Find Your German Ancestors Now!: Strategies For Solving German Research Problems

(Experienced) Case studies demonstrate research principles and creative use of various resources, including the Internet. Learn how to find the places of origin, identify localities, and deal with possible name changes. Login First

3:50 pm : Avoiding Mistakes in German Research

(All Levels) “Which one is my Mary Mauer?” “Do I still need to search the church records even though I have a printed town genealogy?” “My ancestor had five sons named Johann…” Learn how to avoid common mistakes by understanding the strengths and weaknesses of sources used in German genealogical research. Login First

6:00 pm : Mumbo Jumbo? 10 Tips for Learning to Read Scandinavian and Germanic Gothic Script

(All Levels) The Gothic Script was the writing of the learned, as Latin was the language of the learned in the days in which your European ancestors lived. This writing style began in the 900s, and it continued well into the 1900s. This class will assist you to learn from the letters used just as the people learned when they were writing it. Login First

7:20 pm : Please Papa May I Go?: Records Created via the Emigration / Immigration Process

(All Levels) At some point in time your ancestor(s) came from “over there” to “over here.” Follow Hilda Matilda around and discover the myriad of records created which could help you identifynexactly where in the old country your immigrant comes from. Since all European vital records are locally based, that piece of information is necessary before you can even begin to correctly build your family treenon that side of the ocean. Login First

September 07, 2013
10:00 am : Helpful German Research Websites

(All Levels) Learn about twenty Web sites that provide information and resources for German research. Besides guiding you to excellent sites which may link to other sources, the class demonstrates that the Internet can be helpful in every phase of German genealogical research. Login First

11:20 am : Assessing Scandinavian Information in New FamilySearch and Family Tree: 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Cleaning it Up

(All Levels) In the Scandinavian (Nordic) countries i.e. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, (also Northern Germany and the Netherlands before 1811) the patronymic naming system was used. That means, a Scandinavian's surname was formed by taking the first name of their natural father, and adding “-sen -sson or -datter -dotter” to it. It was a very good and necessary system for the time period it was in use. It also means, however, that you could find several people living in the same record keeping jurisdiction at the same time, with the same surnames, who are totally unrelated to each other. Proving which “Lars Larsen” is YOUR ancestor is the task. Login First

1:30 pm : Using Danish Military Records To Find Your Ancestors

(All Levels) The problem of burned parishes, unfindable marriages, identifying which NielsnNielsen is really yours, and other things can be solved by following your ancestors around in this verynvaluable resource. Come learn how to successfully research in and interpret these records. Login First

2:50 pm : Effective Use of Scandinavian Gazetteers

(All Levels) A gazetteer is a place name index and/or description source. It contains names of small places which are generally in alphabetical order in the language of the country. It shows jurisdictions a place belongs to. The class will focus on the benefits of and how to use a gazetteer. Login First