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 12, 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 : Searching Scandinavian Church Records and Interpreting Feast Days: Analysis and Evidence

(All Levels) The Lutheran Church was the official vital record keeping body of all Scandinavian countries from when the records begin until well into the 1900s. This class will focus on teaching you how to interpret the structure and use of all pieces of information found in each life event entry and interpret the dating system used = success in putting together your Scandinavian family tree! Login First

6:00 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

7:20 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

September 13, 2014
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 : 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

1:30 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

2:50 pm : A Case Study: From Bavaria to Morris Island: Tracing John Ittner - Native German, Charlestonian, Confederate

(All Levels) “She waited on the docks for five days, but he never came back...” There’s a kernel of truth in every family story, but you have to dig deep enough to find it! A combination of family lore, two field trips to search original records in Germany, and extensive research in U.S. record sources before and after the field trips were required to get the story straight. Come see what turned up. Login First