“Genealogy 1.0. Who knew Matt Damon is part Finn?”

The title above refers to the day-long genealogy seminar that will be put on by the Finnish Genealogy Group of Minnesota (www.minnesotafinnish.org/) on Thursday, August 7th, 2014, in Minneapolis. The “Genealogy 1.0” seminar is intended for adults of all levels of genealogy searching experience, providing both lectures and opportunities to talk with experienced genealogists whose expertise is searching out our Scandinavian roots. The event is part of the FinnFest USA 2014 festivities taking place in Minneapolis from the 7th to the 10th of August. The cost of the seminar is $20 in conjunction with FinnFest registration or $25 at the door. Registration will be processed through the FinnFest USA 2014 website (www.finnfestusa2014.org/finnfest-2014/). The seminar will be limited to 200 participants.

In addition to basic genealogy techniques and tricks, this year’s themes are the 150th anniversary of Finns arriving in Minnesota and a celebration of Swedish Finns given their strong presence in Minnesota. Seminar lecturers include:
    • Dan Necas, an archivist at the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center, who will be speaking about the many Finnish archives housed at the Center.
   • Deborah Miller, a reference specialist at the Minnesota History Center, who will describe their extensive collection of Finnish immigrant archives.
    • Dan Karvonen Ph.D., a senior lecturer in the University of Minnesota’s Finnish Studies Program, who will be speaking about genetics and linguistics as they relate to genealogy.
   • Kent Randell, an archivist at St Mary’s College of Maryland, who will be speaking about archiving Finnish materials as well as his work on palimpsests.

In addition to the above lectures there will also be sessions devoted to the following topics: genealogy searching basics, searching among the Swedish-Finn archives, an explanation of changing Finnish surnames and a talk comparing results of the four common DNA testing kits. The expert genealogists from the Finnish Genealogy Group will also be on hand to provide you with personal insights.

This year’s location of both the “Genealogy 1.0” seminar and FinnFest USA 2014 is the Hyatt Regency Hotel located in the heart of downtown at 1300 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. Finding the Mary Tyler Moore statue, eating at fine restaurants or hearing the latest entertainment at First Avenue are all part of the Minneapolis experience.

Please join us, your Finnish kinfolk, in this educational, fun-filled event.

Contact Gus Fenton for further information, gfenton@skypoint.com.












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