Research Services

Some research is done when you become a member in order to connect you to others in our database. Additional genealogical research can be done on a time and materials basis. 


For an estimate, please contact us and let us know your needs.

(You do not need to become a member to take advantage of this service). To pay for a service, click here.

Translation Services

Icelandic Roots offers quality Icelandic to English translation services for a reasonable fee (please contact us regarding English to Icelandic translation). Non-members are welcome to use our services, but members enjoy a discounted rate. The word count is based on the number of words in the document to be translated.

First 500 words

Member Fee: $0.15/word 

Non-Member Fee: $0.20/word

Beyond 500 words

Member Fee: $0.13/word

Non-Member Fee: $0.16/word

Please contact us for an estimate

Note: all rates are in USD

These per-word fees represent our baseline cost. Additional fees may apply depending on the nature of the text. For instance, a handwritten text that must be transcribed or a historical text that requires  research would incur additional fees, calculated at a rate of $20 per hour of research/transcription work ($25 for non-members).


As an example, consider a simple 500-word text (approx. one full page of typed text with 1.5 spacing). A translation of this text would cost $75 for a member or $100 for a non-member, calculated from the per-word base fee. However, a 500-word handwritten letter from the 19th century may cost a bit more. Let's say transcribing the letter and doing some background research necessary for the translation task takes the translator 1.5 hours. In that case, an additional fee would be added to the per-word cost for a grand total of $110 member, $137.50 non-member.



Do you have an old handwritten letter tucked away in a drawer? Did you run across a newspaper article about your ancestors? If you have Icelandic texts but aren't quite sure of the content, you may not be prepared to pay for a professional translation. Instead of relying on Google Translate, consider our paraphrasing services. One of our translators will read over the text and provide you with an overview. Fee for this service is $20 per hour for members ($25 per hour for non-members) with a minimum payment of $20. Summaries of reasonably short texts (up to approximately 4000 words) rarely take more than a couple hours of work.


Please note


The translator will consider each text individually, evaluating the need for transcription or relevant research, send a final estimate for the total cost and wait for the client's approval before beginning the work.

For a personalized estimate, please contact us and let us know your needs.

(You do not need to become a member to take advantage of these services.)

For small amounts of text, you can also try, though please note that Google Translate has significant limitations.