Iceland Goals:  1: Research   2: Census   3: Church and Cemetery Records   4: Emigration and Immigration   5: Maps and Gazetteers   6: Newspapers   7: Websites   8: Search Records   9: Get Help        SEARCH


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Goal 1: Learn about Iceland research and records.


A. Learn about Icelandic genealogy.

  1. Try these tips for beginning Icelandic research.
    FS Wiki—Iceland, Tips for Beginners
  2. Explore the Iceland Ancestry site for a variety of resources for Iceland research.
  3. Explore the site for research records.
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  5. Explore the Archives Portal Europe site.
  6. Learn about the entire Icelandic family tree in this blog by Dick Eastman.
  7. Use the Iceland Record Finder to understand record types for research.
    FS—Wiki: Iceland Record Finder
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B. Learn about Icelandic genealogy terms and names for research.

  1. Learn about Icelandic genealogy terms in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Icelandic Genealogy Terms
  2. Learn about Icelandic patronymics (the custom of naming children after their fathers) in these articles.
    FS Wiki—Icelandic Personal Names
    | FS Wiki—European Patronymic Surnames—Scandinavian
  3. Search for Icelandic surnames in a number of databases.

Goal 2: Learn about Iceland census records and the National Registry.


A. Get an introduction to Iceland census records.

  1. Learn about Iceland census records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Iceland Census Records

Goal 3: Learn about Iceland church and cemetery records.


A. Learn about Icelandic church records.

  1. Learn about Iceland church records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Iceland Church Records
  2. Explore the Icelandic Churches in the USA and Canada site.
  3. Explore the Jewish Genealogy Encyclopedia for Jewish resources in Iceland.

B. Explore Icelandic cemetery records.

  1. Explore the Capital Area Cemeteries site for Iceland cemetery records.

Goal 4: Learn about Iceland emigration.


A. Learn about Iceland emigration.

  1. Get an overview of Icelandic emigration to the U.S. in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Iceland Emigration and Immigration
  2. Explore newsletters on the Emigration from Iceland to North America site.

Goal 5: Learn about Iceland maps.


A. Learn about Iceland maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the Perry-Castaneda map collection for Iceland maps.
  2. Explore Icelandic place names in this article from the Icelandic Roots site.
    Icelandic Place Names—12 pgs.
  3. Explore old maps of Iceland from the National University Library of Iceland.
  4. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Iceland maps.
  5. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Iceland maps.

Goal 6: Learn about Iceland newspapers.


A. Explore Iceland newspapers.

  1. Search Icelandic newspapers in the site.
  2. Search Icelandic newspapers in the site.
  3. Search Icelandic newspapers in the ABYZ News Links site.

Goal 7: Explore additional websites for research.


A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Icelandic research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  3. Explore links in

Goal 8: Search records from Iceland.


A. Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for Iceland.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. 1. Explore the FamilySearch page for Icelandic online record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast or MyHeritage), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.

Goal 9: Get help with your Iceland research.


A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. See the Icelandic Genealogy Facebook page for research help.
  2. Access the Icelandic Genealogy Society page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Northern Europe Genealogy Research Community page on Facebook.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Iceland research.

  1. Search the RootsWeb site for Iceland research mailing lists.


Iceland Baptisms:   1730-1905

Iceland Marriages:  1750-1920