Gotland Island, Pearl of the Baltic, Then and Now

“Gotland Island, Pearl of the Baltic, Then and Now” provides an abbreviated look at the island’s history from its Viking beginnings to its current status. We will explore picture stones, silver hoards, and burial customs from the Viking age; Visby’s history in the Hanseatic League; Visby’s wall and some of the city churches; and modern Gotland Island from a political and military perspective. We will also travel south to Öja and take a look at some of Jean’s genealogical “history”.

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Jean Larson Adams
Jean was born in Omaha, NE to first and second generation Swedish parents. After WW II her family moved first to Arkansas and then Memphis, Tennessee where she graduated from high school. She attended Valparaiso University and Purdue University graduating with a BS degree in Conservation Education and a MS in Science. While owning a retail business she earned a MBA degree from the University of Indianapolis. In 2011 Jean retired and moved to Colorado to be near her children and grandchildren in the Denver area. As a new genealogical researcher, Jean joined the Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado and Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society in January 2013. Now, 2 years later she has visited Sweden twice and met living cousins.

Beverly Harbourt
Beverly grew up in Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska. She is the current president of the Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado (SGSC) and an avid researcher of her Swedish and German roots. She is the custodian of her family’s historical photographs, has been researching her ancestors for over 20 years, and has visited Sweden three times. She joined SGSC in 2009 following her retirement and subsequent move from the Washington D. C. area to Colorado.