Bob Johnson

By day an attorney, by night and weekend (and sometimes by day) a professional genealogist, Bob has been doing Scandinavian and U.S. genealogical research for over forty years. Studying migration as an undergraduate, including at the Utvandrarnas Hus (Emigrant Institute) in Växjö, Sweden and later getting a masters degree in history, research and teaching have always been a part of his life.
 
Bob has been active in various roles in a number of genealogical societies, including most recently he is the past-editor for the Fairfax Genealogical Society Newsletter, and currently he is the Secretary of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.  He is also a member of several genealogical societies and associations throughout the United States as well as in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland.
 
All too infrequently he makes R&R (research and relaxation) trips to Scandinavia. The eternal optimist, when Bob is not searching for ancestors who try and avoid him, he is searching after birds that fly away from his attempts at photographing them, and trout that swim away from his well-crafted and gently-cast flies.
 
Friday, 1 April 2016
Nordic  “Scandinavian”  Genealogy – Bob Johnson
2:00-3:00 p.m.
(F21) Introduction to Swedish and Finnish Research.  This presentation  will  use  a  Case  Study  to  highlight: history  of  the  area  as  it  is  relevant  to  genealogy; basics  on  the alphabets  and  Languages; the  naming  systems  (patronymics  and  surnames)  and  naming  patterns;
the  essential  record  types  and  their  availability  both  for  identifying  
points  of  origin  and  researching  in  Swedish  and  Finnish  records; and
a brief  introduction  to  more  advanced  types  of  records  (military,  court, tax,  guild,  hospital,  prison,  farm  maps).
3:15-4:15 p.m.
(F22) Introduction to Danish Research.  This  presentation  will  use  a  Case  Study  to  highlight: history  of  the  area  and  map  changes  as  it  is  relevant  to  genealogy; basics  on  the alphabet  and  language; the  naming  systems  (farm names,  patronymics,  and  surnames)  and  
naming  patterns; the  essential  records  types  and  their  availability  both  for  identifying  
points  of  origin  and  researching  in  Danish  records; and a brief  introduction  to  more  advanced  types  of  records  (military,  court,
probate records).
6:00-7:00 p.m.
(F25) Introduction to Norwegian Research.  This  presentation  will  use  a  Case  Study  to  highlight: history  of  the  area  and  map  changes  as  it  is  relevant  to  genealogy; basics  on  the alphabet  and  language; the  naming  systems  (farm names,  patronymics,  and  surnames)  and 
naming  patterns; the  essential  records  types  and  their  availability  both  for  identifying  points  of  origin  and  researching  in  Norwegian  records; and a brief  introduction  to  more  advanced  types  of  records  (military,  court, probate records).
7:15-8:15 p.m.
(F26) Nordic Languages and Scripts.  This presentation will have two main topics.  One  topic will  be  an  introduction  to the main  Nordic languages:  Swedish,  Danish,  Norwegian,  and  Finnish, including  a discussion  of  their  relationship  to  each  other  and  the  differences among  them  (and  as  many  of  the  pertinent  records  will  be  church records, a brief discussion of how Latin was used). The second topic will be on the most common script to which the genealogical researcher will be exposed – Scandinavian Gothic. Scandinavian Gothic went through several variations in the time frame of existing records used for genealogy. So it is important that genealogists develop a level of comfort in reading this script.