Discover, Connect, and Preserve
Your Icelandic Family Story

Trace your ancestry to the Viking age. 

Connect to cousins around the globe.

Preserve your unique and special heritage.

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What Is Icelandic Roots?

We are a vibrant, interactive, and growing community with more than 60 volunteers from Canada, Iceland, and the USA. Together, we preserve, promote, and educate others about our shared Icelandic heritage.


Our team is comprised of volunteers, educators, historians, Icelandic genealogy specialists, photographers, writers, social media specialists, finance, geocoding, as well as IT and security experts. They are very dedicated to the mission of helping others as volunteers and "paying it forward" for the next generations to come through our nonprofit charity.​

We have many free, public opportunities.


All-Access Members receive many more benefits. Check out the growing list! MEMBERSHIP

Every day our genealogists connect new member trees, photos, census records, ship lists, and other media. The counter below updates every 15 minutes!

Support your Icelandic community

We are a 100% non-profit organization run by a dedicated team of volunteers.

 Over the past 8 years, memberships and donations have helped us "pay-it-forward" by awarding over $120,000 USD in scholarships and heritage grants!

Read more about scholarships, grants, and the IR supported projects and organizations

Celebrating 8 Years!

Here at Icelandic Roots, we are marking 8 years of preserving, promoting, and educating about Icelandic heritage, culture, and language. Despite many worries and strife in the world over the past two years, we have some great reasons to celebrate!


Our official start date as a 501c3 nonprofit is November 12, 2013. However, our team has been providing genealogy services for many decades as individuals. We have come together to work for the IR Mission and TOGETHER -- we are creating an amazing community.​​



An especially deeply grateful thank you, Cathy, for encouraging me to explore the database. I found the obituary which we had never seen before.  Thanks ... we learned more about him than we had ever known.  It is amazing! - Jean 2022

Thank you for looking into questions I submitted and clarifying some bits. I am enjoying researching and getting a sense of what life was like for my ancestors. As I am nearing 80 years, it seems important to me to find how I "belong", if that makes any sense to you. Thanks again for all the work you and the volunteers do. - Linda 2022

My expectations are always exceeded when I put in a query to the team...thank you so much for supporting this journey...bob 2022

I have to let you know that I have been just blown away by the fact that you have been able to add my grandfather and his parent's passenger data and all of my maternal grandma's parents and her father and family passengers lists … So I just wanna let you know that I am so grateful for your help and all your efforts to keep us able to get our family history!! Bravo Zulu right on to all of you!!! Bless ~ bless, Kris 2022 

Dear Christal, I know ... that I do not need to thank each volunteer for uploading the information that I have sent. But, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I looked at my father's page and it left me in tears to see all of his important documents on his page and preserved!! Takk fyrir allt! :) Sue

I’m very excited about attending the seminar tomorrow! I am so impressed with what all that is available on Icelandic Roots. I find myself bragging about it with my friends. Cheers, Ken 2021

Happy New Year to your awesome team. You have been such a "lifeline" during this time of isolation! I have learned so much about my Icelandic heritage, traditions, food! Just hoping that there really will be "life after COVID" & I can fulfill a life-long dream of visiting Iceland in the near future. - Patricia Burks 2021

IR is a wonderful initiative which helps to keep so many people aware of their Icelandic Roots. The many IR volunteers are to be greatly commended for committing so much time and effort to provide this much appreciated service. - Harold 2020

Wow! Where the rest of us find dead ends, you guys are able to find all kinds of interesting information. Thanks so much.
- Brita 2020

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