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.


May 02, 2014
2:30 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 identify exactly 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 tree on that side of the ocean. Login First

3:50 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

6:00 pm : Is It –sen or –sson or Lien or Ström? Scandinavian Naming Patterns & Lifestyles

(All Levels) Your Scandinavian ancestor’s surname could lead to exactly where in thencountry they came from, or, give you a clue as to the occupation they practiced. This class will focus onnhelping you learn about the first and surname patterns used in that area of the world. You’ll also learnnabout the life styles and some of the customs your Scandinavian ancestors had. Login First

7:20 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

May 03, 2014
10:00 am : 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

11:20 am : 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

1:30 pm : 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

2:50 pm : What Do I Do Now?: Tools for Effective Family Tree Analysis

(All Levels) Success in researching your genealogical goals comes when proven paths are followed. Learn the 3 magic words & 5 steps which will help you succeed. Login First