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Genealogy Tips

Are you interested in genealogy, but don’t know where to start?

Begin with yourself. Start with what you know and write it all down. 


Then move on to your family. Talk to your parents, your aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents, even your neighbours if possible. Find out what they know, write it down and record them (but always ask for permission first!).


Your information will add up quickly, so try to keep your notes organized and record your sources —you will thank yourself later on! Make sure you also keep at least one backup copy of your research or use the 3-2-1 strategy: 3 copies, 2 different mediums, 1 off-site (cloud storage, or with another family member who does not live with you).

Legal Research and Writing

Being a genealogist is a bit like being a detective, but even the best detectives sometimes need help. The Icelandic Roots Database offers the next step in doing your own research and our team of genealogists are available to help. Learn more...

Need help understanding genealogy terms? Take a look at our Genealogy Glossary here.


Not sure where to look for genealogical records in your area? Take a look at our list of helpful resources here.


Interpreting Icelandic Records

It can be challenging to sift through genealogy records, especially in Icelandic if you are not familiar with the language, which is why we have created a few resources to help you:

Index of Icelandic genealogy terms and their English meanings

Geography terms and English translations

Icelandic names and their meanings

Icelandic place names and their meanings

You can also use Google translate in some cases, but you may need to install the Icelandic keyboard on your computer. You can learn how to do this here.


We also offer a translation service for a fee. Click here to learn more about it.

Cousins Across the Ocean Project

Icelanders and Icelandic descendants can be found around the globe. Stay connected to our shared Icelandic Story by taking part in the ‘Cousins Across the Ocean’ project.


Anyone with Icelandic ancestry can fill out this FREE form and we will record your information in our secure genealogy site, preserving your family tree for future generations.

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