Introduction to Nordic Genealogy Series

  • September 21, 2021
  • (PDT)
  • January 18, 2022
  • (PST)
  • 5 sessions
  • September 21, 2021, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • October 19, 2021, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • November 16, 2021, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (PST)
  • December 14, 2021, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (PST)
  • January 18, 2022, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (PST)
  • Online - Nordic Northwest - Portland, OR


September to January, third Tuesday of each month, 1 PM - 3 PM





21 September: Overview of Nordic genealogy, old print, and first names.

19 October: Last names, American records, handwriting, migration history

16 November: Scandinavian civil and church records

14 December: Find your family in Scandinavian records!

18 January: Search Scandinavian land, military, and court records

More Information and Registration

This online series present genealogical resources and techniques, starting with facts from your personal experience and your family’s history. Research into documentary evidence moves from America into Scandinavia, practicing with the old languages. In this series you will learn about tracing migration routes, reading old prints and hand writing, name changes in America, and finding American and European records and documents.

Handouts sent out before these classes and homework recommended between meetings will keep you involved in discovering, recording, evaluating, and organizing stories of your ancestors.

All participants will have opportunities to ask questions during and after these meetings!

Meet your instructor, Mike Thompson

Genealogist and translator Mike Thompson taught Norwegian for many years at Sons of Norway in Vancouver, WA, and has assisted in Norwegian classes at Portland State University, his alma mater. He also reads Danish and Swedish.

At fourteen, Mike became interested in family history: his mother’s Norwegians and Swedes and his father’s Finns. In 1972 he began to teach Nordic research techniques to genealogical and cultural organizations from Salem to Bellingham. In 1977 he and his wife (of Norwegian and Danish descent) visited ancestral homes and family in Scandinavia.

Mike has made a small book documenting his mother’s family’s immigration, and has translated history, songs, and a Norwegian novel from 1880. He has traced some of his roots into the 1500’s, and continues to translate and advise researchers

National Foundation for Danish America
PO Box 1003
Wilmette, Illinois 60091

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