Carolyn (MacPherson) Cameron discovered Icelandic Roots and became a member in 2018 while planning her first trip to Iceland. That visit was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, and Carolyn fell in love with the country. In August 2019, she returned for a month with her cousin Ferne Gudnason, an Icelandic Roots genealogist, and the two took part in the INLNA 100th anniversary tour. On that trip, she had the opportunity to meet some of the Icelandic Roots team members. She had always been interested in her family genealogy and was thrilled when Sunna asked her to join the Icelandic Roots team as a volunteer genealogist.
Carolyn’s Icelandic connection is through her maternal great-grandfather, Bjorn Gudnason, who emigrated to Canada in 1900, great-grandmother Sigridur Thordardottir, and grandfather Sigurbjorn Gudnason, who followed in 1901. They settled in the Kandahar/Wynyard area. Her favorite childhood memories of Iceland include enjoying traditional Icelandic foods such as homemade rye bread, vinarterta and rulapylsa that were served mostly at Christmastime. Carolyn is also researching the Scottish, English, and German branches of her family tree.
Carolyn was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where she lives with her husband Bryce. She has three children and two grandchildren. She has a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan and has taken classes toward becoming a Master Gardener. Since retiring from her full-time job in Customer Service at SaskTel (Saskatchewan’s telephone company) a few years ago to spend more time with her family, Carolyn has worked part-time and enjoyed traveling. Last summer, she completed a bike trip from Porto, Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, Spain (the Portuguese route of the El Camino), an experience she describes as life-changing.
Carolyn is excited to be on the Icelandic Roots team and is looking forward to continuing to research her own family and other Saskatchewan Icelanders. She and Ferne are already planning their next trip to Iceland.