The Icelandic Roots (IR) heritage focus includes genealogy, literature, language, culture, traditions, and history of the people of Icelandic descent living here in North America and across the globe.
Icelandic Roots supplies an online genealogical database with personal assistance to members. Historical and cultural knowledge is shared on the IR Database, the IR Blog, and through Social Media. IR also provides seminars, presentations, publications, research, and educational resources to support individuals, families, groups, and educators in understanding the history of Iceland and its people including those that immigrated to North America and their descendants.
Charitable activities include educational scholarship funding, supporting and hosting cultural and educational events, funding special projects and other activities which focus on Icelandic heritage, genealogy, literature, language, culture, traditions, and the history of the people living here in North America and around the world with Icelandic ancestors. A list of the organizations and projects we support can be found at the bottom of this page. Visit our Scholarships page to learn about opportunities for educational funding and deadlines for applications.
The online genealogy database allows others to pursue their own research interests as a member. The proceeds are used to sustain the database, provide educational scholarships, and to develop social and educational outreach projects with various groups and individuals. The educational programs, database access, educational blog posts, and all other currently available and future resources maintained, designed, or written by Icelandic Roots will be of a public benefit and value by giving people of Icelandic descent access to information and expertise on genealogical and historical research and publishing.
Membership fees go to projects and programs to educate and help people learn about our shared Icelandic Heritage. None of the genealogists or the board members are paid – we all work as volunteers to make this the best site for Icelandic Genealogy and History, with personal assistance available to any member. Giving back to our Icelandic Communities makes a difference in our lives and the lives of others. Below is a partial list of the organizations and projects we support:
The Snorri Program, including Snorri West and Snorri Deaf. We offer scholarships for participants in the Snorri Program (youth ages 18-28 from North America seeking to learn about their Icelandic Ancestry.
Icelandic Language Studies
International Visits (special guests visiting from Iceland)
Lögberg-Heimskringla - the only newspaper covering Icelandic descendants and their communities across North America
Other Grant Recipients:
Bru Cemetery - Manitoba
Gimli Icelandic Club - Manitoba
Grund Cemetery Restoration Project - Grund, Manitoba
Historic Markerville - Markerville, Alberta
Icelandic Canadian Club of Edmonton
Icelandic Canadian Frón - Winnipeg, Manitoba
Icelandic Connection Journal - Gimli, Manitoba
Icelandic River Heritage Sites - Riverton, Manitoba
New Iceland Heritage Museum - Gimli, Manitoba
Viking Park - Gimli, Manitoba
City of Akureyri - K. N. Júlíus Monument
Riishús Restoration Project - Bordeyri
"Sails, Rails, Rivers, and Trails" exhibit - Vopnafjörður
Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society - Washington
Fjalla Church - North Dakota
Hekla Icelandic Club - Minnesota
Icelandic American Association of Minnesota
Icelandic Association of Arizona
Icelandic Association of Utah
Icelandic Communities Association - North Dakota
Icelandic Online Club - Texas
Manassas Viking Fest - Virginia
Mountain Bornum Park - North Dakota
Pembina Hills Church - North Dakota
Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival - North Dakota
Scandinavian Hostfest - North Dakota
Thingvalla Cemetery Association - North Dakota
Washington Island Museum - Wisconsin