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Professor  Culture Classes

Swedish Genealogy for Complete Beginners

Join Janis McKay Babcock, a local genealogist, speaker, and contestant on Sweden's hit TV show 
Alt for Sverige (The Great Swedish Adventure) for an informative,
but relaxed, introductory class on exploring your Swedish genealogy.
Janis will give you the basics on how to start your fascinating journey. But most important, she will help you avoid the common pitfalls that can cost you hours of wasted research time. You will learn how to navigate the basics of ancestry.com, exploring both the helpful and the misleading attributes. You will see how the ancestry DNA project has helped in the pursuit of genealogical knowledge. We will learn how to cross reference with other sources so you can build a well-sourced tree. You will also take an exciting peek into the fascinating Lund Archives, now fully accessible online. Janis will alight your passion for genealogy, storytelling and mystery solving,
so come find the magic in your family history!
Students are welcome to bring tablets or laptops with their own built in internet but connection, but Janis advises you to not start your free two-week membership at ancestry.com until right before class.
Saturday, November 1       10 to noon

Exploring the Runes

Kari Tauring, Nordic Roots educator and author of 
Runes, A Human Journey, will give you a thorough overview of runes.
In the first hour, Kari will share the historical background and linguistic family roots
of the Elder Futhark through stories, songs and artifacts. The Cosmic Cow,
goat migrations, male/female balance, sacred trees and waterways are all part of the story of the runes.
In the second hour, the class will explore each letter of the three ætts (family groupings)
in the Elder Futhark and see how the runes tell the history you just learned!
In the third hour, Kari will translate your name into runes and help you explore and express your own name in rune shape, song and stance. We will touch on the use of runes in charms, spells, and divination. $30
Saturday, March 7       9:30 to 12:30