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.


June 27, 2014
2:30 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

3:50 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

6:00 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

7:20 pm : Much More Exists Than Passenger Lists!: Putting Your Ancestor Back in the Homeland

(All Levels) Accompany Hilda Matilda on her immigration journey and discover the myriad of records created on both sides of the ocean which could help identify where your immigrant comes from. Login First

June 28, 2014
1:30 pm : Little Used But Important Sources: Swedish Tax & Catechism and Danish Communion Records

(Experienced) When you have a tough research problem and/or want to go beyond the beginning of the parish registers, and/or run into a burned parish, records outside of “normal’ ones used can help . A sentence here, a name or date there can be the key to verifying research hypothesis, or adding completely new data. We’ll help you explore that world. Login First

2:50 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