Chris Armstrong | Feb 23, 2018

Have European Ancestry? Don't Miss These RootsTech Classes

RootsTech 2018 will be here soon! From Wednesday, February 28 to Saturday, March 3, you will be served a veritable smorgasbord of genealogical and family history offerings to satisfy your craving for new knowledge and tools. If you haven’t registered yet, it’s time to do so!

Here are some upcoming RootsTech 2018 class treats you won’t want to miss if you have ancestors from Europe, including the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) and the Netherlands:

1. How Can FamilySearch Help You with Nordic Research? taught by Whitney Peterson

If you have ancestors from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden, you’re in luck! These countries boast excellent genealogical records and were a focus for FamilySearch in 2017. Many exciting new record collections were published! In this class, you’ll learn what collections are available online, where to find them on, and how they can help your Nordic research.

Difficulty: Beginner
Day and time: Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.
Room: 150
Session Number: RT4393
Pass: RootsTech
Categories: Records

2. The Netherlands: The Most-Indexed Country in the World, taught by John deJong

Can’t find your ancestors in the Netherlands? Are there gaps in your descendancy research? Come learn how to access the over 50 million new Dutch records that were recently made available online at! Find out how to use powerful hints and informative indexes to find more members of your Dutch family! Additionally, we will explore the secrets of some seldom-used records.

Difficulty: Beginner
Day and time: Thursday, 1:30 p.m.
Room: 150
Session Number: RT4395
Pass: RootsTech
Categories: Records

3. Connection to Your European Ancestors through DNA, taught by David Nicholson

A common challenge for many of us is tracing our ancestors across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. But now DNA testing holds exciting promise! While the majority of those who have already done DNA testing live in the United States, Living DNA, the only European-headquartered global DNA testing firm, is working to expand global testing. In order to meet the specific needs of European genealogists, an increasing number of Europeans are being tested and are ready to connect with their American cousins! Come discover what’s possible, what the unique challenges are with connecting to European cousins, and how Living DNA is addressing these challenges.

Difficulty: Beginner
Day and time: Thursday, 1:30 p.m.
Room: 255A
Session Number: RT9922
Pass: RootsTech
Categories: DNA

4. The Pioneers of New Netherland and New Sweden, taught by Pierre Le Clercq, Académie internationale de généalogie

Come learn about the short history of New Netherland (1624–1664) and New Sweden (1638–1655) in North America. Did you know that these colonies existed? Have you thought about their significance? How did they differ from the French and English colonies? What impact did they have on American immigration and cultural and political life? Contemplate the revelation that New Netherland is the real cradle of the United States of America. You may be surprised to learn that descendants of the pioneers of these two colonies include five American presidents and other well-known figures such as Herman Melville, John de Grasse, Humphrey Bogart, Jackie Kennedy (and maybe you?).

Difficulty: Beginner
Day and time: Friday, 3:00 p.m.
Room: 255B
Session Number RT5018
Pass: RootsTech
Categories: Geographical

Don’t miss the feast of new knowledge and discovery awaiting you at RootsTech 2018! See you there!

Chris Armstrong

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