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.
Martha Garrett, a Swedish-American, was educated in the United States (B.A. Wellesley, Ph.D. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) and then studied information and library sciences in Sweden. She has lived in Sweden for 30 years, is married to a Swede, and holds dual citizenship. Besides teaching at both American and Swedish universities, she has led workshops in another 40 countries, primarily training medical professionals in low-income regions how to access high-quality information resources. As a genealogist, she specializes in writing in-depth histories about both Swedish and Swedish-American families. Among her current favorite genealogical topics are the life stories of Swedish women who immigrated under difficult circumstances, historical forms of engagement and marriage in Sweden and how they affected legitimacy of children, and research techniques for tracing Swedes who “disappeared” in America.