Finland 100 Genealogy Forum

Finland 100 Genealogy Forum

Finland 100 Theme: Yhdessä – Together

Initial preliminary forum information:

  • full day 8:00a-5:00p pre-festival event on Thursday, September 21, 2017 on the last official day of Summer!
  • To be held at the Hilton Minneapolis, diagonal across the street from Orchestra Hall
  • Separate registration and fee required
  • Planning potentially 3 keynote/plenary sessions plus breakout sessions – Schedule updated below – still subject to change

    • Including a premier luncheon keynote session

Please REGISTER at this direct ticketing link

Planning continues. See both the Proposed Program and Proposed Schedule Outline below.

Agenda, schedule, and more details will be added as plans are confirmed.*

*All information and plans subject to change at any time during this planning stage.


We are currently reaching out to potential presenters.  We are inquiring with potential vendors to offer a wide range of interesting information.  Current plans anticipate featuring three keynote plenary sessions with all attendees for the opening and closing sessions as well as a special luncheon session.  In between, there are expected to be 12 breakout sessions in four blocks occurring in three concurrent tracks for beginning researchers, for intermediate/advanced researchers, and for specialty topics.  Attendees will be welcomed into whichever sessions they choose that interests them.

At the Finland 100 Genealogy Forum, we look forward to exploring yhdessä many important topics related to Finnish genealogy.

FinnFest welcomes YOU to the Finland 100 Genealogy Forum!


Please submit suggestions, ideas, or thoughts to Greg Isola, curator, at


Hilton Minneapolis, Conrad Rooms A, B, & C primarily


All information and plans subject to change at any time without notice.

Block I: 8:00a – 8:30a

Forum Check-in for registered attendees

Block II: 8:30a – 9:30a

Forum Opening Keynote Address – large room A

Kathy Meade, Arkivdigital, Swedish records

Questions/Answers/Break 9:15a-9:30a

Break 9:30a-9:45a

Block III: 9:45a-10:45a

Forum Session A1 (large room)

Barb Wilson, Farm system in Finland

Q/A/Break 10:30a-10:45a

Forum Session B1

Kent Randell, Saami research

Q/A/Break 10:30a-10:45a

Discussion Rooms C & D



Break 10:45a-11:00a

Block IV: 11:00a – 12:00n

Forum Session A2 (large room)

Barb Wilson, HisKi overview

Q/A/Break 11:45a-12:00n

Forum Session B2

Kent Randell, Archivist recommendations

Q/A/Break 11:45a-12:00n

Discussion Room C & D



Break 12:00n-12:15p

Block V: 12:15p-1:15p

Forum Luncheon Keynote Address – large room A

Jani Koski, SSHY/FFHA Finnish records

Questions/Answers/Break 1:00p-1:15p

Break 1:15p-1:30p

Block VI: 1:30p-2:30p

Forum Session A3 (large room)

Gus Fenton, DNA

Q/A/Break 2:15p-2:30p

Forum Session B3

Katarina Isola, Finnish overview

Q/A/Break 2:15p-2:30p

Forum Session C3

Wally Huskonen, Researching with MyHeritage


Break 2:30p-2:45p

Block VII: 2:45p-3:45p

Forum Session A4 (large room)

Jim Kurtti, FAHC Archives

Q/A/Break 3:30p-3:45p

Forum Session B4

Abram Isola, Genealogy Relationships

Q/A/Break 3:30p-3:45p

Discussion Room C

D reserved by special request


Break 3:45p-4:00p

Block VIII: 4:00p-5:00p

Forum Closing Q/A & General Discussion – large room A

Moderator: Greg Isola, curator

Wrap-up 4:45p-5:00p

Block IX: 5:00p-8:00p

Informal dinner gatherings encouraged for continued discussions and connections

Recommendation: Pea Soup Dinner event hosted by FACA at the Danish American Center