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North Dakota

The Icelandic settlement in North Dakota began in 1878. The main settlement area was in Pembina County with Icelanders also settling in the western edge of Cavalier County and in the county to the south called Walsh County.

Later, the Mouse River Valley in north central North Dakota was settled. Place names of the area include Minot, Bottineau, and Melankton.

Icelandic Genealogy and History  including maps of Icelandic farms, photos, histories, documents, a growing and unique database where you can find your living ‘Cousins Across the Ocean’ and your ancestors, cemeteries, famous ancestors, and a powerful relationship calculator.

Icelandic Communities Association of Northeast North Dakota

State Archives and Historical Research Library of the State Historical

Society of North Dakota

North Dakota State Genealogical Society (NDSGS)

Mouse River Loop Genealogical Society north-central Icelandic settlement area

Ox Carts Trails Historical Society for Minnesota and North Dakota

Pembina County Historical Society

Red River Valley Genealogy Society

This work is in the public domain in the United States

Saga Islendinga í Norður-Dakota by Thorstina Jackson Walters. 


Vestur-Íslenzkar Æviskrár by Benjamin Krístjánsson and Árni Bjarnarson. 4 volumes.


The Icelandic Settlement of Pembina County by Sveinbjorn Johnson.


Modern Sagas, The Story of Icelanders in North America by Thorstina Jackson Walters.


Self-Drive Guidebook of Icelandic Settlement in Northeast North Dakota

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