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The Sons of Norway District 5 Cultural Committee is pleased to offer an opportunity for you to develop your genealogy research skills while connecting with others who share your interest.

If you are just beginning your family history research, or have little or no experience with Norwegian genealogical records, this class is for you. Topics covered in the class include common genealogical records for Norwegian and Norwegian-American genealogy, Norwegian naming customs, locating your ancestor’s birthplace in Norway, Norwegian spelling variation, an introduction to DNA testing, and earning the genealogy cultural skills pin.

This two-day class will be held November 30 and December 1 beginning at 10:00 AM (Central Standard Time) and will continue until 2 PM. There will be a break of 30 minutes for lunch.  There will also be time to visit informally during lunch.

The special fee for Sons of Norway members for this class is $125 for the two-day class. The cost includes 30 days of access to the proprietary databases on the NAGC website and a copy of the updated “Research Guide for Norwegian Genealogy: For Beginning and Experienced Genealogists” (a $25 value). Non-member friends may participate by either joining Sons of Norway or paying an additional $25.

The instructor for this virtual genealogy class is Dana Kelly, who serves as Executive Director of the Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library in Madison, Wisconsin. She has been researching her own family history for nearly 30 years, which led her to a Scandinavian Studies degree from UW-Madison where she learned to speak, read and write Norwegian. She has served on the board of directors for the Koshkonong Prairie Historical Society since 2009. Dana is a member of several Norwegian cultural and genealogical organizations including Sons of Norway, Vesterheim, Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Dane County Area Genealogical Society, and International Society of Online Genetic Genealogists.

To register for the class, give the class as a gift, or request further information, contact Diane Maurer at   or call 608-255-2224.

Member Fee: $125 / Non-Member Fee: $150


Nov 30
Dec 1