Scandinavian Special Interest Group

BCGS Members, Scandinavian MidsummerBCGS Members at the 2011 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Scandinavian Community Centre, Burnaby

Scandinavian Group Brochure (.pdf)

Scandinavian Special Interest Group Meetings

The Scandinavian Group usually meets on the third Saturday of the month, (except for July, August and December), 1 – 3 pm at the Scandinavian Cultural Center, 6540 Thomas St., Burnaby, B.C. Website:

The Scandinavian Group attends events like the European Festival in Burnaby in May and Scandinavian Midsummer in June in Burnaby. Other events & activities take place throughout the year. Please check the BCGS website calendar. or contact one of the Scandinavian Group members below.

The group’s activities are in co-operation with the Scandinavian Cultural Society (SCS) which sponsors many events and projects throughout the year. Check the SCS website for upcoming activities or membership information:

** Handout from the Finding Your Roots Family History Seminar, Scandinavian-Nordic Genealogy, by M. Diane Rogers (pdf file)

Scandinavian Special Interest Group Contacts

BCGS Walter Draycott Library – Scandinavian Resources

The BC Genealogical Society’s Walter Draycott Library holds over 16,000 genealogical publications, microforms, CDs and other materials.

The Library includes many resources for Scandinavian research, including general guides and dictionaries, genealogical books and CDs, journals from Scandinavian and North American-Scandinavian genealogical and historical societies and maps.

Search the BCGS Walter Draycott Library catalogues on this website.

LIBRARY HOURS: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday – 10 am to 3 pm. (Closed holiday weekends and if it snows.)

BCGS members have free access to the Library and borrowing privileges; $5.00 a day fee for non-members.

Library Address: Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue, Surrey, B.C. (Note: see mailing address below)

BCGS Walter Draycott Library Telephone: 604 502 9119

New to Scandinavian Genealogy? Selected Web Links

for Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and for Scandinavian history, add’l resources, on-line translating.

Newer to Genealogy? See the last section on this page and check first for general tutorials and guides for researching each individual country.


Danish State Archives:

Danish Research Outline by Aurelia Clemons:

DIS-Danmark, DiS-Forum, association of genealogical researchers:

Danish Canadian National Museum & Gardens, Dickson, Alberta:

If you have lost contact with friends or family that have immigrated to British Columbia, Canada, the Danish Lutheran Church of Vancouver is happy to help you re-establish contact:


The Genealogical Society of Finland: http;//

Finland’s Family History Assn., Links:

Institute of Migration at Turku:

Directory of Cities and Towns, and Regions in Finland:

How to pronounce Finnish names, Kai Nikulainen: (English page):

Excerpts from “Archival Sources for the Study of Finnish Canadians” by Edward W. Laine:

Main outlines of Finnish history by Dr. Seppo Zetterberg. This is Finland, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland:

Monument of the Winter War, lists of Finnish and Soviet solders fallen in battle near Suomossalmi in 1939-1940:


Greenland GenWeb site:

Oqaasileriffik – the Greenland Language Secretariat (personal names, place names, dictionary):

“Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World – Greenland” by Anker Weidick, with section on ‘The Landsat Images of Greenland’ by Richard S. Williams, Jr. and Jane G. Ferrigno (includes place names, etc.) U.S. Geological Survey. PDF file:


Contact the BC Iceland House Genealogy Centre and Genealogist, E-mail:

Icelandic Roots:

National Archives of Iceland, census database:

“What’s in an Icelandic Name?” by Bob Brooke, AllScandinavia:

Antique Maps of Iceland, National and University Library of Iceland and the Central Bank of Iceland:

The Emigration from Iceland to North America, newsletter and index:

The New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli, Manitoba:


Digital Archives, National Archives of Norway:

DIS-Norge, Genealogy Society of Norway:

Velkommen to Norway Genealogy:

“Those Norwegian names, tips for the ‘online’ researcher” by Børge Solem, Norway-Heritage:

“Pursuing Sami Genealogy” by Christopher Pesklo:

Immigrants to Canada – Norwegians:

Ancestors from Norway by John Føllesdal:


SweGGate, the Swedish Genealogical Gate:

Swedish Roots, Federation of Swedish Genealogical Societies:

Swedish Patronymics, Farm names, Soldier names, by Jorge Lintrup, Genealogy in Dalarna:

How To Research Swedish Soldiers:

Burial index, Stockholm cemeteries, Sweden:

The Swedish Gazetteer, National Atlas of Sweden:

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center:

Swedes in Canada Project:


FamilySearch – International Genealogical Index-IGI (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden), Vital Records Index-VRI (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden) and  Church Record databases and indexes, including baptismal records and census (various years and places), research wiki, forums, etc. on the new Beta site: htttp://

Free forms, IGI, VRI, Scandinavian country research guides, word lists, maps and more. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: See above.

Rootsweb Country, Surname & Topic Mailing Lists and Message Boards:

Scandinavia & Nordic Sites, Cyndi’s List:

Various indexes for Scandinavian and North American-Scandinavian records, The Generations Network ( – subscription site:

Various worldwide indexes, currently for North American-Scandinavian records. World Vital Records – subscription site:

Scandinavian Newspapers and Other News Sources,Scandinavian Studies Web, Western European Studies Section (WESS/WESSWeb) Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association:

Scandinavia Special Interest Group, JewishGen:

Emigrant Tracking, Finnish and Scandinavian resources:

Scandinavian Immigrant Experience Collection, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.A.:

Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.:


History of Scandinavia, Wikipedia:

Scandinavian History page, Western European Studies Section (WESS/WESSWeb) Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association:

The European Library:

Free On-line Translating – Scandinavian languages

Google Translate – for text, webpages, etc.:

IM Translate – text, e-mail:

Babylon (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish):



Lillian Jean Svendsen’s website (originally, courtesy of the Internet Archive’s WayBack Machine:


Contact the B.C.G.S. Scandinavian group

By e-mail or telephone: see contact information above.

By Mail: BCGS Scandinavian Group, P.O. Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, B.C., CANADA V6X 3T6

Mention of any outside service, website or business, etc. does not imply any endorsement by the B.C. Genealogical Society.