If you have Northern European ancestors, especially from Scandinavia or Germany CONGRATULATIONS! These Countries are some of the best places in the world to research family history. Not only do they have great records, many of which are available online, but they are enthusiastic about genealogy and they have developed great resources to assist you.
This website is meant to support your journey in discovering your Scandinavian and Germany ancestors, whether Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, and German! Whether you are new to genealogy and you have not made that leap across the sjö to the old country or are an experienced researcher, I hope you will find information of use here. I have been doing research on Scandinavian- and German-Americans for almost 40 years and have found a wealth of information and resources, but I have yet to find a one-stop-shop for American researchers. So please join me in this adventure.
Who Am I?
Over the last 40 years I have performed genealogical research throughout the Mid-West and Mid-Atlantic regions, as well as research on Swedish records. My background as a lawyer and historian has allowed me to develop strong analytic research skills that I use to efficiently and effectively respond to the needs of my clients. I hold the Certified Genealogist® credential from the Board for the Certification of Genealogists.
I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and I abide by the code of ethics of both APG and of the Board for the Certification of Genealogists. I am professionally affiliated with numerous genealogical organizations both in the United States and Sweden including the APG, the National Genealogical Society, the Virginia Genealogical Society, Indiana Genealogical Society, the Swedish American Center, the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Datorhjälp I Släktforskningen (DIS-Sweden), as well as numerous county and local genealogical societies. I have worked in numerous roles for the Fairfax Genealogical Society and the local APG Chapter.
I enrich my research skills by attending conferences, workshops, webinars, and society meetings. In addition, I keep up with the latest in research both in the United States and Scandinavia through blogs, books, professional journals, and networking.