Who Are We?
The East Iceland Emigration Center
Vesturfaramiðstöð Austurlands / East Iceland Emigration Center began in May, 2002. At the annual meeting, it was decided that a birthday open house would be best.
April, 2012 -
Annual Meeting Held
"Vesturfarinn's" annual meeting for 2011 was held on Wednesday, April 25 in Vesturfarastofa here in Vopnafjörður. All went well, as you might expect among Icelanders: president's report, secretary's minutes, and treasurer's reports all happily accepted without exception!! - One comment from one of our newer members was along the lines of, "As you wish, we are more than happy that we don't need to bother putting this all together - please, accept our applause for your hard work!!"
Summer 2011, here we come!
Do you know this family? The photo was taken in Glenboro, Manitoba.
Contact us with your...
Information about the
About the emigrants?
Additions to our
Donations of letters,
By e-mail: Vesturfarinn
Call us: 354-473-1200
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East Iceland Emigration Center,
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What Do We Do?
We offer genealogical services,
...every year, Western Icelanders from Canada, from the United States -
By exploring the past... The task before
|Below are links to some of the information
currently available in our library:
|Here are links to various sites with information about the years of emigration, the emigrants themselves, and their new lives in the Americas:|
|Iceland in the 19th Century||www.manntal.is - the National Archives Census Database has posted most of Iceland's censuses. A VERY welcome addition! English language option, and searches possible with an English keyboard ("Sigfus Arnason" yields "Sigfús Árnason").|
|Vesturfarar - Emigrants 1876 - 1878 from Vopnafirði||www.sagapublications.com - has much information and is not focused on any one area where Icelanders settled.|
|Jökuldalsheiði and Its Settlement||www.august2nd.com - the site for the North Dakota Icelanders annual celebration|
|The Minnesota Settlement||www.CanadaGenWeb.org - they are a "volunteer-run 'non-profit' project to find and make genealogical records freely available|
|Letter from Dagverðagerði||www.halfdan.is Hálfdan Helgason has much information about the emigrants and their descendants. Contact him about accessing his genealogical database.|
|List of Settlements||www.timarit.is - Icelandic periodicals, including publications from the emigration years, have been posted to this site. A very informative site if you can read Icelandic.|
|Emigrant Photo Album||www.ndsu.edu/archives - An award-winning site sponsored by the North Dakota State University|
|These sites have information about some of the Icelandic emigrant settlements - and one family site is also included:|
|www3.sympatico.ca/walterarksey/Langruth.html - focuses mainly on Icelanders
who settled in the Langruth, Manitoba area.
|http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~swanriver/icelandicindex.html - has much historical information, with immigrant photos, about the Swan Valley, Manitoba settlement.|
|www.nova-scotia-icelanders.ednet.ns.ca/ - very informative site about the small
group of Icelanders who were only a few years in Novia Scotia.
|www.washingtonisland.com - Icelanders settled on Washington Island, and some descendants are still there. The site has information for summer travelers, but the "History" page includes Hjörtur Þórðarson (C. H. Thordarson) from Dalgeirsstaðir, Torfastaðahreppur, Húnavatnssýsla.|
|www.faroeiceland.ca - This is a family site for the Icelandic and Faroese ancestry of Linden and Janet Davidson. You might just be related!!|
We do check these links from time to time - but be sure to let us know if you find a link that no longer works. Also, we will be glad to add other web sites concerning the history of Iceland, the emigration years, the emigrants and their descendants, etc. Comments - questions - additions: send an e-mail to: Vesturfarinn
Don't miss our Emigrant Photo Album!
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