3FlagsThis website is about ”everything Icelandic.” Welcome to Icelandic Roots! Velkomin!

We are here to help you find your Icelandic Story. Our online Icelandic Genealogy Database is much more that just genealogy. Find out about your Famous Ancestors, various reports, documents, photos, stories, obituaries, links, maps, histories, headstones, cemetery information, historic family farms, and much more. You can join as a member and find all this and more. Work on your family GENEALOGY RESEARCH or Click HERE for more info. Follow along in the BLOG to learn about traditions, culture, holidays, customs, current events, and more.

Icelandic Roots is a non-profit, educational, heritage organization specializing in Genealogy, History,  and Traditions of our shared Icelandic ancestors. All the genealogists are volunteers and we are here to help you discover your family story. Click here to read the Mission Statement

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You can purchase extra genealogy assistance

To avoid being charged for duplicate work, please provide whatever information you already have compiled on the person and family to be researched. This should include known location of birth, marriage, death, and other significant life events. If you know of occupations, residence information, or names of their siblings, that is all helpful.

If you are happy with the data you receive, donations to support the various projects and scholarships are very appreciated.

  • Traditional genealogical research and problem-solving
  • Cemetery or location photography
  • Cousins Across the Ocean Requests
  • Word processing/data entry
  • Fact checking and/or proofreading
  • Icelandic Translation Service of your documents
  • Final Ancestor Charts, Descendant Charts, Genealogy Reports, Tree Charts available in printable form
  • Digital Files can be sent to you for printing to decrease costs
  • I can print the information, bind it for you, and send it by mail for an additional fee


41 Responses to “Home”

  1. Cathy 17/11/2013 at 05:31 #

    Congratulations! I have been “clicking” around on your new site, and am – of course – more than impressed.

    • Margrét 22/02/2014 at 11:47 #

      Get ég ekki þýtt síðuna á íslensku ? Vantar að geta lesið mig til um notkunn hennar o.s.frv.


      • IcelandicRoots 25/02/2014 at 09:26 #

        Fara til translate.google.com fyrir þýðingar hjálp. Afrita og líma texta.

  2. icelandicroots 17/11/2013 at 07:04 #

    Thanks!!! I’ve been working hard on it!

    • Gail Einarson-Mccleery 30/11/2013 at 06:02 #

      WOW! You did it! It is looking great, congratulations and thank you for this marvelous new resource.


  3. Hálfdan 28/11/2013 at 06:59 #

    Congrats! You have really done your job :-)

  4. Hjalmar W. Hannesson 30/11/2013 at 09:42 #

    Þér er ekki fisjað saman ! (translation exercise !).
    Þetta er afrek.
    Til hamingju.

    P.S. Hope to see you on 7 December.

  5. Sue Atwood 01/12/2013 at 00:22 #

    Great job, as always, Sunna! :)

  6. Sonna Somerville-Ghilarducci 02/12/2013 at 12:05 #


    This is so wonderful, your tireless work, is much appreciated!

    Bless Bless,

  7. Gerry 02/12/2013 at 14:03 #

    Thank you for this resource. Great job.

  8. Sigga MacEachern 06/01/2014 at 06:50 #

    Áhugaverða síða og gaman að skoða.
    Kveðja frá Prince Edward Island.

  9. Halldora Viktorsdottir 06/01/2014 at 10:24 #

    Frábært framtak – til hamingju með siðuna.

  10. Karen Helena 07/01/2014 at 14:58 #

    This is a simple and excellent website. Til hamingju!

  11. Heimir Karlsson 07/01/2014 at 15:06 #

    Þetta er frábært framtak. Til hamingju :)

  12. Magnea Baldursdóttir 09/01/2014 at 01:50 #

    Til hamingju 😀

  13. Heather Linnett 10/01/2014 at 02:59 #

    What a great site. Useful for a variety of facts, and information. Thank you. Capabilities for English speakers – like me! Þakka Þér fyrir. Bless Bless

  14. Jon 10/01/2014 at 17:00 #

    This is a very good site! Thanks for your effort.

  15. Blair Bingeman 11/01/2014 at 02:11 #

    Hi Pam – It is great to see this site up and running. However, your “Shop” screen still needs some work so that out-of-country people can register and pay for access. When I select “Canada” on the drop-down list for Country, the list of Canadian provinces should be displayed in the drop-down list labelled “State”. Since the “State” field is a marked as a mandatory selection, Canadians cannot register properly, and that is where the registration/payment process grinds to a halt. This should be an easy fix, or you could change the “State” field attribute from mandatory to optional. Yet another design suggestion is to rename the “State” field to “State/Province”, and append the names of the Canadian provinces to your existing list.

    My wife (she is of Icelandic descent) and I were at Mountain for the “Deuce of August” celebration last summer, and we really enjoyed your wonderful slide presentation of tour of Iceland.


    • IcelandicRoots 11/01/2014 at 05:40 #

      Hi Blair and thank you so very much for your comment.
      When you are on the site and trying to pay, can you choose “International Shipping?” Does that make a difference and allow you to register? Also, I have it set up so that people do not have to register here on this site. They can just go to PayPal to do their business of signing up.

      Please check again and let me know if there is an issues. Others from Canada have become members of the database, so I know that it must have worked okay for them. I hope that by choosing International or by not registering on this site, you can have good luck getting it to work.

    • Susan Atwood 29/03/2015 at 17:51 #

      Blair, I was in touch with your wife, Val, recently. I hope to be in touch with her again soon. I shared some photos with her. I am anxious for both of you to see all of the updates that Pam “Sunna” has made to the database. You will be pleased. Sue Hermann Atwood

  16. Sigga MacEachern 25/02/2014 at 11:41 #

    Prufa að Copy og Paste yfir á t.d. Google document og smella svo á translate.

  17. six pack abs 17/03/2014 at 11:19 #

    Today, I went to the beach with my children. I found a sea shell
    and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed
    the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but
    I had to tell someone!

  18. Heather Linnett 17/03/2014 at 16:51 #

    Hehe this did give me a little giggle. But I will reply with another story, that might chill you to the bone.

    I recall a story a number of years ago now, when on holiday in my country of Australia, a Swedish lady was walking on one of our beaches when she also found a shell. The story told she loved the shell so much she and her friend admiring the shell held it to her chest, apparently thinking she would have a necklace made of it.

    Here is where you might feel that chill I spoke of. for inside that beautiful shell lived a creature. The lady never returned to Sweden, and breathed her last on that beach…

    True story

  19. IcelandicRoots 28/03/2014 at 08:34 #

    Sæl Sonja, please write to me at sunnapam@me.com

  20. Steinunn Lukka 30/03/2014 at 02:43 #

    Sæl Sunna, hello Sunna.

    I found this page on facebook and decided to join since I have relatives in the USA. I’ve already registered for one month and payed. What do I do next? I want to look up my relatives. All my best, Lukka

    Sæl Sunna,

    Ég fann þessa síðu á Facebook og ákvað að gerast meðlimur þar sem ég á ættingja í Bandaríkjunum og langar að fræðast meira um td.þá. Ég hef þegar gerst meðlimur og greitt fyrir einn mánuð. Hvað geri ég næst? Kær kveðja, Lukka

    Ps. Flott síða og framtak!

    • IcelandicRoots 30/03/2014 at 07:07 #

      I will sign you up in a minute. It’s just morning here now — different time zones. :)

  21. Vidar Holum 27/04/2014 at 10:46 #

    Before marriage did you have the same system as in Norway with Lysning ak announcement before marriage in church?
    Or giving name for best man?

    Is it records for that in Icland?

    This is Ole Larsen from Norway



  22. daniel iseli 07/06/2014 at 16:07 #

    Dear Sir or Madam

    I launched an online dictionary with a partner called http://hablaa.com a year ago after about one year of hard work. Our goal is to help prevent endangered languages from extinction. We make it easy for anyone to browse/translate into these languages and rely on user contribution.

    We now have more than 250 different dictionary combinations and our website is localized into 23 different languages for better access. Users can search the online dictionaries and add new words and translations.

    I am sure that Hablaa.com is a great resource for your visitors and it would be great if you would link to us.

    Herby are our details in case you decide to link to us:

    Linktext: English – Icelandic Dictionary

    Thanks a lot!



  23. sonja 24/07/2014 at 08:44 #

    sæl Sunna have you talk or write to mr Nelson Gerard he found some lost women fore me ,she went from Island 18hundred someth. sorry iam just trying. Sonja.

  24. Lorraine 18/09/2014 at 09:58 #

    Sunna: I am trying to get into the Data Base and it just keeps coming up error, server cannot be found. What am I doing wrong?

  25. Ralph Scheving 21/11/2014 at 13:19 #

    Hello Sunna,

    I am interested in finding out how you are connected to the Scheving family.

    From what I have seen online, I believe that you are a descendant of Einar Stefansson Scheving, farmer at Ytri-Loni in Langarnesi, and his 2nd Wife: Olof Jonsdottir

    Is he your direct forefather?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Hopefully your cousin,

    Ralph Scheving
    Bremerton, WA

    PS: I am descended from Einar’s half-brother Arni Stefansson Scheving, his son Thorkell Arnason Scheving, and his son Arni Thorkelsson Scheving who moved to Am. in 01876 and settled near Hesel, ND. (He is listed in Saga Islendingar i ND)

    • IcelandicRoots 21/11/2014 at 13:21 #

      I sent you an email, Ralph. I am very interested in getting together with you by email. I will resend it again.

      • David Johnson 16/08/2015 at 20:30 #

        I had the privilege of meeting Ralph at the Seattle Icelandic Club summer picnic today!! He is a nice man and an avid Icelandic genealogist — like us!

    • IcelandicRoots 21/11/2014 at 23:35 #

      Ralph, you can see all our cousins at http://www.IcelandicRootsDatabase.com

  26. Hafsteinn Kröyer Eiðsson 27/12/2014 at 16:48 #

    Hvernig færi ég að því að finna skildmenni mín í Vesturheimi? Það var mikið af þeim sem flutti til Kanada stuttu eftir aldamótin 1900. Aðallega fólk frá Blönduósi og þar í kring.

    • IcelandicRoots 27/12/2014 at 16:53 #

      Takk fyrir áhugann á Icelandic Roots Database.

      Þetta er stórkostleg síða, þar sem grunnurinn eru ævistarf ættfræðingsins Hálfdans Helgasonar (512.601 einstaklingar), en að auki hafa 29.000 einstaklingum og ýmsum upplýsingum og möguleikum verið bætt við.

      Hér eru ættfræði- og sögulegar upplýsingar tengdar fólki frá Íslandi, Kanada, Bandaríkjunum og öðrum löndum þar sem Íslendingar búa.
      Hægt er að finna nöfn bæja forfeðra í Íslandi, staðsetningu ættingja í Norður Ameríku, greftrarstaði, myndir, frásagnir, núlifandi ættingja og miklu meira.
      Þetta er mikill gagnagrunnur, þar sem fleira en ættfræðiupplýsingar flettast saman.
      Á hverjum degi bætum við nýjum ættfræðiupplýsingum við.

      Ef einstaklingur, sem þú leitar, er ekki í gagnagrunninum, aðstoðum við þig við leitina.

      Til að vernda gögnin, þarf að kaupa aðgang að síðunni. Með aðgangaeyrinum eru byggðir upp sjóðir til að styrkja námsfólk og til að halda á lofti kynningu á okkar sameiginlega íslenska menningararfi.
      Við, sem vinnum að því að þessum gagnagrunni þyggjum ekki laun fyrir störf okkar.

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