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Salt Lake City Workshop

The 31st annual Swedish American Genealogist Workshop will (we hope) be held in Salt Lake City 31 October - 7 November 2021.

NOTE: the 2021 workshop is now filled and there is a waiting list.

    Meet us in Salt Lake City and spend six days in the Latter-Day Saints' Family History Library researching your family history in Swedish records. Our expert staff of Swedish researchers will guide you, and you will have the option to attend one or two daily lectures that we and the Family History Library staff will provide about various Swedish genealogical and historical topics.

    Genealogy workshop
    2015 Workshop attendees

    Workshop Staff:

    • Jill Seaholm
      • Head of Genealogical Services, Swenson Center, Workshop organizer
    • Mike Swanson
      • Assistant Archivist, Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota
    • Ulf Berggren
      • Self-employed genealogist, teacher of genealogy courses in blacksmiths and old handwriting
    • Geoffrey Fröberg Morris
      • Editor of Swedish American Genealogist, Accredited Genealogist, head of Nordic staff at the Family History Library 
    • Eva Dahlberg
      • Skåne and Norrbotten Research, VP of DIS computer genealogy society in Sweden
    • Carl-Johan Ivarsson
      • History teacher and editor of VärmlandsAnor, quarterly journal of the Genealogical Society of Värmland

    The Workshop fee includes seven nights at the conveniently-located Salt Lake Plaza Hotel and transfers between the hotel and the SLC airport. Transportation to SLC is your own responsibility. There will be a Welcome Reception at the beginning and a Farewell Reception at the end of the week. One dinner will be provided for the entire group; then you are free to find the rest of your meals on your own or with your new Workshop friends. There are small microwave ovens, refrigerators, and coffee makers in every guest room at the Plaza.

    The library and hotel lie back-to-back in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. You will be within walking distance of Temple Square and steps away from a light rail station that can take you to a variety of shops, restaurants, and sites.

    Because of its origins with the Swedish American Genealogist quarterly, the Workshop is open to SAG readers. SAG is a free benefit to members of the Swenson Center. See this page to become a member. Paid members are mailed Workshop reservation forms in the early spring upon request

    The SAG quarterly was founded in 1981 by the late Nils William Olsson. He began the genealogy workshop in Salt Lake City in 1991, it was carried on for ten years by two of his children, Karna Olsson and Christopher Olsson, and the Workshop continues today (since 2008) under the direction of Jill Seaholm and the Swenson Center. Contact Jill to request information about the next Workshop.

    Photos from some previous years' workshops can be found here.

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