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Support Team

Almar has been deeply interested in activities connecting people of Icelandic descent with the “Old Country”, and with such a great number of relatives in North America he was eager to join our team.

Public Relations

Almar Grimsson

Hafnarfjörður, ÍSL

Gerri has done much genealogy and research. She is not an active part of the IR Team but helps with research on occasion. We look forward to her continued support in the years to come.

Research Support

Gerri McDonald

British Columbia, CAN

Gwen Lanoway lives in Winnipeg and is a fabulous genealogist. She loves digging through genealogy records at the libraries and going to the cemeteries to take photos for the IR Team.

Research Support

Gwen Lanoway

Manitoba, CAN

Jeff co-founded Icelandic Roots and has volunteered as vice-president of the board from its start.


Jeff Furstenau

North Dakota, USA

Julianna's passion for various Icelandic community initiatives serve us well in her role as a member of the board of directors for Icelandic Roots.

Board Member

Julianna Roberts

Manitoba, CAN

Kathy brings a wealth of career and volunteer experience to Icelandic Roots. She is currently providing support to our genealogical team by documenting various photos and memorabilia from her region of North Dakota.

Research Support

Kathy Sigurdson Thorlakson

North Dakota, USA

As an IR volunteer, Larry performs translations on documents such as obituaries.

Translations Manager

Larry Thorderson

Pennsylvania, USA

Mats shared his lifetime work of Iceland farm photos with Icelandic Roots. You can find your family farm photo by just going to their names in the database. It was a tremendous gift.


Mats Wibe Lund

Reykjavík, ÍSL

Susan is currently working on tracking down death dates for those of Icelandic descent born in Canada and their families.


Susan Derry

Saskatchewan, CAN

Angela lends her library talents by cataloging books in the IR collection and uploading records into the LibraryThing catalog app.


Angela Beaton

North Dakota, USA

Gunna along with her husband, Valgeir, run Vesturfarasetrið, the Icelandic Emigration Center at Hofsós in Iceland.

Hofsós - Emigration Center

Gunna Thorvaldsdóttir

Hofsós, ÍSL

Hálfdan Helgason has performed a tremendous amount of genealogy work over the years, compiling arguably the most significant Icelandic genealogy database for Western Icelanders.

Retired Genealogist

Hálfdan Helgason

Kópavogur, ÍSL

Jonena is now giving back as a volunteer, working on projects where she can contribute her skills in leadership, training and marketing.


Jonena Smith Relth

California, USA

Julie provides translation and editing support to the IR team and its larger community.

Language & Translation

Julie Summers

Hessen, DEU

Kent Lárus is an active supporter of IR by telling those on tours about the 'Cousins Across the Ocean' and the IR Database where they can find maps, photos, stories, genealogy, cousins, ancestors, and preserve their family story.

Language & Translation

Kent Lárus Björnsson

Reykjavík, ÍSL

Mallory provides various support to the Icelandic Roots community and beyond.


Mallory Swanson

Reykjavík, ÍSL

Susan’s passion for all things Icelandic has not only driven her own genealogical pursuits but also her support as a member of our Board of Directors.

Board Member

Susan Atwood

Washington, USA

Valgeir, along with his wife, Gunna, run Vesturfarasetrið, the Icelandic Emigration Center at Hofsós in Iceland.

Hofsós - Emigration Center

Valgeir Thorvaldsson

Hofsós, ÍSL

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