Researching in Norway, Denmark & Iceland

Tuesdays, 25 September 2018 - 20 November 2018, 6:00 - 9:00 pm MDT

Elaine E. Hasleton, AG and Jeff Svare, AG

Elaine E. Hasleton, AG

This course will discuss not only the most-frequently used records such as the church and census, but it will also include in-depth instruction into the probate and court, taxation, land and property, military, minorities, and DNA resources. 

Jeff Svare, AG

Additional information will be shared about local organizations, National Archives online catalogs, as well as Scandinavian-American organizations and their record availability. 

Case studies regarding the use of these records will provide an in-depth knowledge you have never had before!

Level of Instruction


Technical Requirements

This course will meet online using Zoom Meetings. Sessions will be recorded for personal review and available for up to 30 days following the end of the course. Students are responsible to provide their own equipment and adequate bandwidth to participate actively in the course. Webcams and noise-cancelling headphones are strongly advised. Additional technical information will be sent to registered participants via email.

Homework assignments will be given to work on at your convenience between sessions.

Other Instructors

  • Finn Karlsen
  • Anka Schjerven Magee, BS, AG

Technical Coordinator

  • Pat Richley-Erickson


Tuesdays, 25 September 2018 - 20 November 2018

  • 6:00 - 9:00 pm MDT
  • two 75-minute lecture/work periods, with a 15-minute break

 Course Schedule


  • Regular Price: $460.00
  • UGA Member Price: $440.00


Elaine E. Hasleton, AG

Elaine E. Hasleton, AG Elaine Helgeson Hasleton is an Accredited Genealogist for the countries of Norway and Sweden. She has done professional Scandinavian research for over forty years. She currently works for FamilySearch as a Deputy, Chief Genealogical Officer, where her passion is networking with Scandinavians and Scandinavian-Americans, particularly in the Upper Midwest. Her previous assignments with FamilySearch include Manager, VIP Projects and VIP Hosting, and Manager, Scandinavian Reference Unit, both at the Family History Library.

Finn Karlsen

Finn Karlsen Finn was born in Trondheim, Norway. He retired from the Regional State Archive of Trondheim, a division of The National Archive of Norway, where his primary obligation was research support.

He served as the chairman for the national Genealogical Society of Norway (DIS-Norge) from 2004 to 2006. He also held several positions, including chairman, in the regional branch of the organization, where he developed a searchable database with over 1.8 million records from more than 900 sources transcribed by members of the organization.

Along with the Norwegian TV-celebrity Tore Strømøy, Finn co-authored På sporet av deg selv, a book about getting started with Norwegian research. He has written several articles for local historical year-books, served as one of the main researchers and presenters for four episodes of National Television NRK's Who Do You Think You Are, and developed several courses on genealogy. He is a frequent presenter in Norway, and also taught at RootsTech 2014 and 2016.

Anka Schjerven Magee, BS, AG

Anka Schjerven Magee, BS, AG Anka is currently working as an International Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

She has presented classes at various conferences and Libraries: National Genealogical Society (NGS), ICAPGen conferences, UGA Salt Lake Institute, BYU Genealogical conferences, and has taught numerous classes at the Family History Library in SLC. She worked as an instructor at BYU for a number of years.

There have been numerous field trip experiences in Scandinavia, England and Germany. She has done research in various archives in Scandinavia and the British Isles.

Anka is a proud mother and grandmother, as well as a proud native of Norway, and is accredited in Norwegian and Danish research through ICAPGen.

Jeff Svare, AG

Jeff Svare, AG Jeff Svare is an Accredited Genealogist for Norway. Currently working for FamilySearch as a Project Manager and data analyst, he was previously the manager for FamilySearch’s collection of records for Scandinavia. He has been involved with records acquisition in Asia, the Pacific Islands and Scandinavia since joining FamilySearch in 1987.