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.


January 05, 2015
8:00 am : Patronymics and Naming Practices of Scandinavia

(Beginner) Learn the basics of patronymics and naming practices used in Scandinavian countries.

5:30 pm : The Chicken Walked Here: Learning to Read Germanic & Scandinavian Gothic Script

(Beginner) “Copy machines” in the 15, 16, 17, 18 and perhaps even the early1900s consisted of a human armed with a feathered quill pen and homemade ink. Want to learn how to read what they wrote? Come to class and we’ll give you the principles and procedures for learning to read the writing style they used, PLUS practicum (practice)! Login First

January 06, 2015
8:00 am : Emigration/Immigration Sources for Scandinavia

(All Levels) Scandinavians immigrated to America for three major reasons: to improve life circumstances by becoming land owners; to practice freely their learned trade; and to participate in the political process.

8:00 am : 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

January 07, 2015
8:00 am : Scandinavian Church Records

(All Levels) Learn the details of church records in Scandinavia

8:00 am : Scandinavian Census Records: Denmark & Norway

(All Levels) Learn the details of census records in Denmark & Norway.

8:00 am : Scandinavian Census Records: Sweden & Finland

(All Levels) Learn the details of census records in Sweden & Finland.

5:30 pm : Scandinavian Probate Records

(All Levels) Learn the details of probate records and their genealogical value.

January 08, 2015
8:00 am : Using Scandinavian Military Records

(All Levels) Learn the basics and details of Scandinavian military records.

8:00 am : Printed Sources for Scandinavian Research

(All Levels) You will gain an understanding of printed sources available to assist with your Scandinavian research.

January 09, 2015
8:00 am : Beyond Parish Registers: A Case Study

(All Levels) In this class we will examine case studies that reveal how seemingly brick walls are taken apart to reveal correct and truthful genealogies.