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Virtual Genealogy Conference



Sep 26-27, 2020

The National Nordic Museum's Virtual Genealogy Conference provides resources about family history and lineage to a wide global audience with internationally renowned experts.

This 2020 virtual conference will be a mixture of live and on-demand keynote lectures and workshops that you can follow from anywhere in the world. Professional genealogists and subject matter experts from North America and the Nordic countries will share insights about family history research. Let them guide you will in tracing heritage origins through a wide range of resources including folk literature, immigration records, and genetic testing. This virtual Genealogy Conference is designed for every level of familiarity with genealogical research, from beginners and enthusiasts to experts.

While there will be several sessions featuring Nordic history and culture, the Conference also will offer programming that represents blended heritage and transnational identities.

Registration will open later this summer. Member discounts will apply.

Until then, check out our Genealogy Program or sign up for Nordic News for advance notice of all events.

Agenda for Genealogy Conference

September 26-27, 2020

All registered participants will have access to view our live keynote lectures on September 26 and 27 via webcasting. After the live keynote presentations, you will be able to curate your own conference program by selecting the sessions that interest you most. All sessions are available for repeat viewings until September 26, 2021. 

 

Keynote Lectures: 

Names: Their Origins, Meanings, and Peculiarities, Dr. Fritz Juengling

Piecing Together Your Family Jigsaw Puzzle with DNA Clustering, Craig Gowens

Venue

The internationally acclaimed National Nordic Museum is happy to host its first virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference 2020. Following on the success of 2020's Virtual Nordic Innovation Conference and our virtual Folk School offerings, we build on one of our most onsite popular programs to offer this conference.

Since the launch of the onsite Genealogy Program in 2018, visitors of all ages and backgrounds have participated in the monthly consultations with genealogists held at the Museum’s Cultural Resource Center. The Museum also houses a rich collection of oral histories, with many available online.

With state-of-the-art meeting facilities, iconic architecture, and technology-fueled interactive exhibits, the National Nordic Museum represents a blend of Nordic history and Nordic innovation. For more, see our Collections page.

 

 

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Keynote

Dr. Fritz Juengling
  • Research Consultant at the Family History Library
Dr. Fritz Juengling is an Accredited Genealogist for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, and Sweden through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, and is certified by the Verband deutschspr
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Dr. Fritz Juengling
Research Consultant at the Family History Library

Dr. Fritz Juengling is an Accredited Genealogist for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, and Sweden through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, and is certified by the Verband deutschsprachiger Berufsgenealogen.

Craig Gowens
  • DNA Genealogy Expert
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Craig Gowens
DNA Genealogy Expert

Speakers

Dr. Gísli Sigurðsson
Research Professor, Árni Magnússon Institute
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Dr. Gísli Sigurðsson
Research Professor, Árni Magnússon Institute

Gísli Sigurðsson is a Research Professor at the Árni Magnússon Institute at the University of Iceland. He studied in Iceland, Canada and Ireland and has served as a Visiting Professor in Winnipeg, Stavanger and Berkeley. He works on orality and textualisation in the eddas, sagas and more recent folklore. Gísli has published monographs on his research in English as well as in Icelandic. He has edited a complete annotated edition of Eddic poetry and a collection o settlement lore from Canada and the U.S.; in addition to curating exhibitions on the settlement of Iceland, the Vinland voyages and the manuscripts. His current work revolves around ethnic astronomy and the social role of narratives of both the mythical and saga kind. 

Dr. Jason Lavery
Professor, Oklahoma State University
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Dr. Jason Lavery
Professor, Oklahoma State University

Professor Jason Lavery is the Regents Professor for the History Department at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Lavery's scholarship has focused on the religious and political history of early modern Germany and Scandinavia. He is a permanent adjunct professor at Helsinki University in Finland and has served as the president for the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study. 

Jill Morelli
Professional Genealogist
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Jill Morelli
Professional Genealogist

Jill Morelli, Certified Genealogist, is a writer, lecturer, and researcher of her Scandinavian and northern German ancestors. She facilitates two online courses for the Seattle Genealogical Society: the "Certification Discussion Group" and "Write As You Go!" She lectures nationally on methodology and Scandinavian resources and case studies and has written articles for National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Swedish American Genealogist, Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly and many others. Jill is past president of the Seattle Genealogical Society, a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists, New York Biographical & Genealogical Society, and many local genealogical societies. 

Alison DeRiemer
Archivist & Oral History Specialist
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Alison DeRiemer
Archivist & Oral History Specialist

Alison DeRiemer is Archivist & Oral History Specialist at the National Nordic Museum. Since 2013, she has worked with the museum’s oral history program, Nordic American Voices, as transcriber, interviewer, video editor, and archivist. She also has served as co-conductor of the museum’s Interwoven Oral History Program, participating as a panelist at the 2018 Interwoven Symposium. Currently she is collecting stories related to the COVID-19 health crisis for the museum’s Pandemic Preserved Oral History Project. Alison also works with oral history programs at the Ballard Historical Society and the Washington State Jewish Historical Society. She holds a BA in Art History and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, and an MA in Museology from the University of Washington.

Kathi McGinnes
Professional Genealogist
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Kathi McGinnes
Professional Genealogist

Over 10 years ago, Kathi began researching her Norwegian heritage after discovering a paternal great grandfather was born in Norway.  Even though she only had a name and an approximate date of birth, she successfully located where in Norway he was born and raised. While still continuing with her own research, she's been assisting others with their Nordic research.  In addition to providing consultations for the National Nordic Museum's monthly Genealogy Program, Kathi also co-chairs a Scandinavian Interest Group sponsored by the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS).  she also been responsible for responding to requests that SGS receives for research assistance.  Many of those requests are from individuals seeking information on their Scandinavian ancestors that immigrated to the Seattle area.

M. Diane Rogers
Professional Genealogist
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M. Diane Rogers
Professional Genealogist

M. Diane Rogers is a genealogy teacher, researcher and speaker based in British Columbia, Canada. She has been researching family history around the world for over 20 years, including surname and place name studies. Rogers is the editor of the British Columbia Genealogist, facilitator of the British Columbia Genealogical Society's DNA, Scandinavian and Legacy software groups, and President of the Vancouver Postcard Club. 

Dave Obee
Journalist and Researcher
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Dave Obee
Journalist and Researcher

Dave Obee is a journalist and genealogical researcher who has written a dozen books and given more than 600 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada, the United States and Australia since 1997.He is Editor and Publisher of the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia. He has worked as a journalist in British Columbia and Alberta since 1972. In 2012 Dave was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by the University of Victoria for his work as a historian, genealogist and journalist.

Sven Haakanson
Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington
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Sven Haakanson
Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington

Professor Sven Haakanson is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington and is Curator of North American Anthropology at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. 

Liv Birgit Christensen
Professional Genealogist
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Liv Birgit Christensen
Professional Genealogist

Liv Birgit Christensen is a professional genealogist specializing in Norwegian family history research. She presents workshops, classes, and webinars internationally on Norwegian genealogy. She is a panelist on Mondays with Myrt, a weekly webinar that gives "practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians." Christensen has over 20 years of genealogical research experience in Norway and internationally. 

Kathy Meade
ArkivDigital Specialist
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Kathy Meade
ArkivDigital Specialist

Kathy Meade is the North American representative for ArkivDigital AD AB, a company that offers online access to Swedish historical records. She has been working with Swedish genealogy for more than fifteen years and has given many presentations on Swedish genealogy throughout the United States. Ms. Meade serves on the advisory board for the Swedish American Genealogy Research Center at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago and also volunteers at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington, Heights, Illinois, helping patrons with their Swedish genealogical research. In a prior life, she lived and worked in Sweden and Norway for 7 years during the 90’s learning the languages.

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