Updated: Jan 29, 2020
Here they are! These four women with Icelandic Roots are on an adventure of a lifetime thanks to our Snorri Scholarship Program.
This photo shows them standing in front of the Hofsós Emigration Center. Thanks to Kent Lárus Björnsson for taking the photo and thanks to our IR members. Your membership fees and donations are making dreams come true as IR pays it forward to provide these scholarships and much more.
This year, Icelandic Roots granted scholarships to these four young Canadians plus extra finances to sponsor the Icelandic Language and Educational portion of the Snorri Program in Iceland. You can help to provide better experiences and scholarships for more Snorri participants or Icelandic language learners, too!
To donate, click on this link. https://www.icelandicroots.com/donate
Our mission is to educate, preserve, and promote Icelandic heritage and culture. With over 25 experts who volunteer their time making our nonprofit, 501c3 charitable organization better each day, we are contributing in a big way to our shared Icelandic story.
Even though our organization is not quite 4 years old, each year, IR has given back – paid it forward - in many ways:
Scholarships for young people from Canada and the USA, ages 18-28, for the 6-week Snorri Program in Iceland
Donates to the Snorri Program for educational costs, advertising, and promotion
Assists with the Snorri West Program in North America, advertising, and promotion
Allows free access to the IR Database to all Snorri, Snorri Plus, and Snorri West participants
Donates to the Icelandic National League of North America
Donates to the Icelandic National League of Iceland
Scholarships for young people to study Icelandic as a second language
Scholarship opportunities for youth going to the Icelandic Camp at Gimli
Grants and donations for historic preservation projects in Iceland, USA, and Canada
Provides educational seminars and workshops
Cousins Across the Ocean Project – connecting cousins through our genealogical online database
Lectures and presentations in Iceland and North America
Donations to the East Iceland Emigration Center at Vopnafjörður, promotions, and advertising
Donations to the Hofsós Emigration Center, promotions, and advertising
Support to the Lögberg-Heimskringla newspaper
Donations to Íslendingadagurinn
A 3-day Genealogy Center at the annual Deuce of August Celebration in Mountain – 2017 is our 15th year
Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, and two websites
A newsletter where we share various interesting posts about Icelandic heritage, culture, current events, history, personal stories, and more
Personalized assistance from experts in genealogy and history
Connections with tour companies and visitors from Iceland
Activities with various Icelandic clubs to assist them in their mission such as the recent donation of 100 flags to the Gimli club and 25 to the Brandon club.
A growing genealogy database that currently has almost 617,000 people, 8,300 media (photos, documents, histories), 1,050 cemeteries, and 226,803 families. These numbers grow daily. Our monthly additions number about 2,000 people per month.
Our main source of income is through the online database which preserves the story of Icelanders wherever they may live. The data goes back in time before the settlement of Iceland and includes the following:
Stories and histories
Photos of people, places, headstones, emigration ships, cemeteries, etc
Documents, letters, ship lists, and more
Biographies and obituaries
Emigration information and other special reports
Interactive maps with GPS coordinates and historic farm photos, abandoned farm information and more all connected to individuals in the database
Interesting People report and stories about why they are important
Churches, Cemeteries, and Clergy
Surnames, Dates and Anniversaries, and Statistics