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Hofsós Emigration Center and Icelandic Roots Announce Strategic Collaboration

Updated: Apr 4, 2022

Hofsós and Icelandic Roots (I.R.) are teaming up to integrate genealogy services through an interactive online experience. This new partnership at Hofsós moves access to genealogical information to a new level. Hofsós visitors can now access their Icelandic genealogy online with a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Additionally, the I.R. genealogy team is accessible remotely nearly every day of the year, giving Hofsós visitors a richer experience by learning about their ancestry while there.

When people become Icelandic Roots members at Hofsós, 10% of the membership fee will be donated to Hofsós. Donations and membership fees sustain both Hofsós and I.R.

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Joining forces with Hofsós will enhance a traveler’s experience to Iceland and open doors to their Icelandic ancestry while in the country and particularly at Hofsós. This increases value to Hofsós, the people of Iceland, the people of Icelandic communities across North America, and Icelandic Roots. And it moves us closer to one on-line platform where everyone can access accurate and detailed genealogy and history about Icelanders who emigrated – their ancestors and descendants.

About Hofsós Emigration Center – Vesturfarasetrið

The Hofsós Emigration Center is an important and popular cultural and heritage destination in northern Iceland. Founded in 1996, Hofsós commemorates the Icelandic emigrants and promotes connections between their descendants across the globe and the people of Iceland today. The Center hosts exceptional exhibits, a library facility, genealogy information, history, guided tours, assists with room and home rentals, and souvenirs, all set on the harbor in beautiful Skagafjörður.

About Icelandic Roots

I.R. is a comprehensive online genealogy database and resource operated through a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The mission is to preserve, promote, and educate people of Icelandic ancestry about our shared Icelandic heritage. Membership fees to access to the genealogy database sustain Icelandic Roots’ technology infrastructure, but do so much more. Memberships also support young people in the Snorri and Snorri West Programs, Icelandic Language Camp, Icelandic language students in Iceland, and other related educational and charitable work.

I.R. consists of two websites and a team of volunteers from Iceland, Canada, and the USA. The team includes genealogists, historians, cartographers, IT specialists, social media specialists, translators, and other motivated members of the IR sites. Founded in 2013, amazing strides are continuously made to enhance the user’s experience and the integrity of our genealogy database through website posts, forums, social media connections and of course the members themselves.

Websites to learn more:

Hofsós, please visit: and join their Facebook page.

Icelandic Roots, please visit: and click on “Join Us” to learn about their presence on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube, Pinterest, and new forums on their website.

Email us your questions or join the conversation on our Facebook Group.

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