This lecture will demonstrate the complexity of names and potential pitfalls regarding names in one particular culture—Sweden. It will raise awareness about personal names and present a broadly applicable strategy for getting names right in genealogical work. Presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogy.
Dr. Martha J. Garrett, PhD, CG, came to genealogy from an earlier professional life as a researcher and research trainer. After being educated in the United States (BA, Wellesley College; PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill), she moved to Sweden, where she took an additional degree in library science and IT. Since then she has taught at Swedish universities, as well as running workshops in 40 countries and serving as consultant to international agencies. Her specialty has been training graduate students and professionals on various aspects of research, including literature searches, research designs, data collection and analysis, research ethics, and academic writing and publication. She has published dozens of refereed journal articles, as well as books commissioned by UNESCO and WHO. As a genealogist, she not only takes clients but also continues to do academic research. Among her favourite puzzles are tracing Swedish immigrants who “vanished” in America and identifying those who appeared there with unclear identities.