Course curriculum

    1. Meet Your Instructor & Introduce Yourself

    2. Course Access: June 14 - July 11, 2021

    3. Course Outline

    4. Learn To Use the Course Player

    5. Contact Us

    6. Before we begin ...

    1. Introduction

    2. US Sources for Immigrant Information

    3. Identifying Scandinavian Immigrant Ancestors in US Records

    4. Church Coming and Going Records

    5. Key Points and Additional Reading

    6. Practice & Discussion

    1. Introduction, Pre-History and the Vikings

    2. Beyond the Vikings

    3. Early Modern Scandinavia

    4. Age of Emigration

    5. Scandinavia in the 20th Century

    6. Key Points & Additional Reading

    7. Discussion

    1. What is Scandinavia?

    2. County Divisions

    3. Parishes, Gazetteers, and Atlases

    4. Scandinavian Languages

    5. Scandinavian Names

    6. Key Points & Additional Reading

    7. Practice & Discussion

    1. Finding Parish Records

    2. How to Access Parish Records

    3. Inside Danish Church Vital Records

    4. Inside Swedish Church Vital Records

    5. Inside Norwegian Church Vital Records

    6. Key Points and Additional Reading

    7. Practice & Discussion

    1. Introduction

    2. Danish Censuses

    3. Swedish Household Examinations

    4. Norwegian Censuses

    5. Censuses and Household Examinations

    6. Key Points and Additional Reading

    7. Practice & Discussion

About this course

  • Free
  • 51 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content


David A. Fryxell founded Family Tree Magazine, the nation’s most popular genealogy publication, and continues to write for the magazine as a contributing editor and “TimeLines” and “Now What?” columnist. He also compiles the magazine’s annual 101 Best Websites feature. He is the author of seven books, most recently MicroHistory and The Family Tree Scandinavian Genealogy Guide. He was previously editor-in-chief of Writer’s Digest Magazine and Writer’s Digest Books, along with other F&W magazines, wrote the Nonfiction column for Writer’s Digest for more than a decade, and served as the director of the annual Maui Writers Retreat. He has written more than 1,000 magazine and newspaper pieces, for publications including Playboy, Reader’s Digest and Travel & Leisure. He’s been an editor at TWA Ambassador, Horizon, Pitt and Milwaukee magazines, the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper, and executive producer of Microsoft’s Twin Cities Sidewalk Web site.

David A. Fryxell


How Family Tree University Courses Work

  • Courses

    Our courses consist of four or more written lessons that may also contain videos, slide shows, and other elements. There are self-directed quizzes and/or exercises to help you apply your knowledge. In addition, you'll have access to discussion boards where you can ask your instructor, questions about the materials during the course dates.

  • Instructor

    Instructor access for the duration of the four weeks, so you can ask questions about what you've learned.

  • Access

    Our courses are designed to be easily accessible! Once you've registered for the course, you'll be able to log in on the start date to see all the lessons. Each lesson is available within your browser. You can work at your own pace.

  • Materials

    All the materials will be available for download, and you'll have access to the course materials online for about a year after the start date. After the course end date, it will go into read-only mode, so you'll still be able to reach the materials, but you'll no longer have access to the instructor or message boards.

  • What You'll Need

    Please ensure that you have internet access and that your browsers and computer system are fairly up-to-date. The course materials are designed to be compatible with most devices.