Meetings    Contacts    B.C.G.S. Walter Draycott Library  

Selected Scandinavian Research Web Links    Members' Websites



The Mad Waters of the Famous Imatra Falls, Finland.
           Underwood & Underwood Publishers, 1908. Stereograph.


Scandinavian Special Interest Group Meetings

The Scandinavian Group meets on the third Saturday of the month, (except for July and August), 1 - 3 pm at the Scandinavian Cultural Center,  6540 Thomas St., Burnaby, B.C.  Website:

Events & activities take place throughout the year. Please check the B.C.G.S. website:

or contact one of the Scandinavian Group members below.

This is in co-operation with the Scandinavian Cultural Society (SCS) which sponsors many events and projects throughout the year. Check the SCS website for upcoming activities or membership information:



Look for us each year at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, held in June at the Scandinavian Cultural Center,  6540 Thomas St., Burnaby, B.C.

Scandinavian Community Centre:

B.C. Genealogical Society Web Calendar for regular meeting and special event dates and details:


    Solliens Kirke, Brevkort fra Norge, 
     Postcard - #671, Eneberettiget, Mittet & Co. 1908.


Scandinavian Special Interest Group Contacts

Poul Erik Rasmussen - Specialty: Denmark

sonofrasmus @

604 526 1233

Helen Niskala - Specialty: Finland

hniskala @

604 263 7344

M. Diane Rogers -Specialty: Sweden

diane_rogers @

604 294 5369


B.C.G.S. Walter Draycott Library - Scandinavian resources

the B.C. Genealogical Society's Walter Draycott Library holds over 12,000 genealogical publications, microforms, CDs and other materials.

The Library includes many resources for Scandinavian research, including general guides and dictionaries, genealogical books and CDs, journals from Scandinavian and North American-Scandinavian genealogical and historical societies and maps. New this year are the 1900 Swedish census CD and Emibas, the Swedish emigrant register CD.

Main Library catalogue:

For other catalogues, and for directions to the Library, see the B.C.G.S. home page:

LIBRARY HOURS: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday - 10 am to 3 pm. (Closed holiday weekends and if it snows.)

B.C.G.S. members have free access to the Library and borrowing privileges; $5.00 a day fee for non-members.

Library Address: Unit 211, 12837 - 76th Avenue, Surrey, B.C.

(Note: see mailing address below)

LIBRARY TELEPhone: 604 502 9119


Carding and spinning, Telemarken, Norway. 
 Keystone View Company, 1906. Stereocard


New to Scandinavian Genealogy?   Selected Web links

Denmark   finland   greenland   iceland   norway   sweden

scandinavian history   add'l resources     on-line translating

newER to genealogy?



Danish State Archives:

Danish Research Outline by Aurelia Clemons:

Danish Parishes, Danish Naming Patterns, etc. ProGenealogists:

DIS-Danmark, association of genealogical researchers:

Danish Canadian National Museum & Gardens, Dickson, Alberta:

If you have lost contact with friends or family that have immigrated to British Columbia, Canada, the Danish Lutheran Church of Vancouver is happy to help you re-establish contact 



Genealogical Society of Finland:

Directory of Cities and Towns, and Regions in Finland:

How to pronounce Finnish names, Kai Nikulainen:

Excerpts from "Archival Sources for the Study of Finnish Canadians" by Edward W. Laine:



Greenland GenWeb site:

Greenland Research Centre, University of Denmark:

Oqaasileriffik - the Greenland Language Secretariat (personal names, place names, dictionary):

"Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World - Greenland" by Anker Weidick, with section on 'The Landsat Images of Greenland' by Richard S. Williams, Jr. and Jane G. Ferrigno (includes place names, etc.) U.S. Geological Survey. PDF file:



Icelandic Genweb:

Icelandic Genealogy Society:

"What's in an Icelandic Name?" by Bob Brooke, AllScandinavia:

Antique Maps of Iceland,  National and University Library of Iceland and the Central Bank of Iceland:

The Emigration from Iceland to North America:

The New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli, Manitoba:



Digital Archives, National Archives of Norway:

DIS-Norge, Genealogy Society of Norway:

Velkommen to Norway

"Those Norwegian names, tips for the 'online' researcher" by Børge Solem, Norway-Heritage:

"Pursuing Sami Genealogy" by Christopher Pesklo:

Immigrants to Canada - Norwegians:

Ancestors from Norway by John Føllesdal:


SweGGate, the Swedish Genealogical

Swedish Roots, Federation of Swedish Genealogical Societies:

Swedish Patronymics, Farm names, Soldier names, by Jorge Lintrup, Genealogy in Dalarna:

The Swedish Gazetteer, National Atlas of Sweden:

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center:

Swedes in Canada Project:


Additional SCANDINAVIAN Resources

FamilySearch - International Genealogical Index-IGI (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden), Vital Records Index-VRI (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden) and new indexes to baptismal records and census, research wiki, forums, etc. on the new Beta site:

Free forms, IGI, VRI, Scandinavian country research guides, word lists, maps and more.  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: See above.

Worldwide indexes, pilot website, watch for new record indexes, images. FamilySearch Labs, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: *Note this site is being replaced by the Beta FamilySearch website which is more complete: See above.

Rootsweb Country, Surname & Topic Mailing Lists and Message Boards:

Scandinavia & Nordic Sites, Cyndi’s List:

Various indexes for Scandinavian and North American-Scandinavian records, The Generations Network ( - subscription site:

Various worldwide indexes, currently for North American-Scandinavian records. World Vital Records - subscription site:

Scandinavian Newspapers and Other News Sources,Scandinavian Studies Web,   Western European Studies Section (WESS/WESSWeb)  Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association:

Scandinavia Special Interest Group, JewishGen:

Emigrant Tracking, Finnish and Scandinavian resources:

Scandinavian Immigrant Experience Collection, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.A.:

Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.:

Scandinavian Press/Swedish Press, Vancouver, B.C.:

Google Earth:



History of Scandinavia, Wikipedia:

Scandinavian History page, Western European Studies Section (WESS/WESSWeb)  Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association:

The European Library:


Newer to Genealogy?

RootsWeb’s Guide to Tracing Family Trees:

12 Steps to Genealogical Fitness by Lisa Alzo, M.F.A. Free article on

How to Start Your Family History, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:

Encyclopedia of Genealogy:

Robert Ragan's Genealogy Compass - videos with practical tips - working with GEDCOMS, using Google, flash drives:

Beginner's Genealogy Links, CyndisList:


Free On-line Translating - Scandinavian languages

Google, Translate Beta (translates text, web pages, facilitates searches (no Icelandic)



Lillian Jean Svendsen's website :




Contact the B.C.G.S. Scandinavian group

By e-mail: see contact information above

By Mail:  B.C.G.S. Scandinavian Group, P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, B.C., CANADA V6X 3T6

British Columbia Genealogical Society:


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