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Scandinavian Genealogical Research Center

  • Kim Melchior PO Box 2412 Salt Lake City, Utah 84110 USA
  • 001 435-531-6767
  • Website
  • 1982


  • I am a native Dane now living in Utah. I have done Scandinavian (Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish) research for clients for the last 30 years, and have a great working knowledge of records available from these 4 countries.
  • I obtained accreditation in Danish research through the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1982 and in Swedish research in 1986. The accreditation program was discontinued by the Family History Library in 2000, but is now done by the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen), and I am on their list of Accredited Genealogists.

  • I have done research on location in many archives through out Denmark, from the smaller local archives through the Regional Archives and to the National Archives in Copenhagen.

  • I have been on very successful research trips to Denmark.

  • I have previously been employed by the Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and worked at the Scandinavian Reference Area of the Genealogical Library in Salt Lake City for several years. I then transferred from this unit into the Collection Development Unit of the Family History Library and worked there for another couple of years helping to identify records which needed to be obtained either by micro- filming or by purchase to develop the Scandinavian/European collection.

  • I am currently on the staff as a volunteer at our local LDS Family History Library.

  • I have traveled throughout the State of Utah as well as out of state and done seminars on Danish and Swedish research.

  • I have located obscure records in Denmark and compiled and published books with some of this little known material and thereby made it available to the greater public.


  • I am a professional genealogist specializing in Scandinavian (Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish) research.

  • Most of my research is done using the resources available on the Internet as well as  the world famous genealogical library maintained by the Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Family History Library is the largest genealogical library in the world. The heart of the library's collection is approximately two million rolls of microfilmed records and more than 500,000 microfiche. The collection includes records kept by governments, churches of many denominations, other organizations, and individuals. These records includes copies of church registers, census records, passenger lists, military records, land and probate records, just to mention a few. The library has a substantial collection of records for many areas of the world.                                                                                          
  • I have done research compiling ancestral charts as well as identified living relatives. I have also done work locating heirs.                                                                               
  • I have written a 200 page family history for a client who wanted a present for his father who had everything. So we cover most bases.

  • It is a lot more efficient to do Scandinavian research in Salt Lake City than in the Scandinavian archives because you have access to the microfilms from 8:00 AM until 9:00 PM, while for example in Denmark you are lucky if you can get more than 5-6 hours of effective research done during the daily business hours of the archive. Another reason it is more efficient is that you do not have to travel from one regional archive to another because all the records are in one location.
  • In the unlikely event that the records I need for a project is neither available over the Internet nor at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City then I do have a number of personal contacts in the old country with access to resources I do not have access to.
  • I also do genealogical seminars on Danish and Swedish research.

  • I do short one time projects as well as larger ongoing research projects. No project is too small or too large.

  • I do research for individuals and for large family organizations.

  • Searches and projects will be tailored to your specifications.