E is for Elín Jóhannesdóttir

In the far northwest, in a remote mountainous region of Iceland known as the Westfjörds a little girl is born.  It is early summer but there is still snow lingering in the mountains above the house made of peat, wood and stone; a cold, musty and mostly dark hovel of hallways and small rooms known…

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D is for Daði Guðmundsson

Daði Guðmundsson came from a long line of priests.  (Pronounced Dathy Gudmundsson) His own father, grandfather and great grandfather, were known priests and assistant priests in the southern region of Iceland in the 17th and 18th Centuries.  Iceland is a Christian country having converted to Christianity in 1000AD from paganism.  In 1551 the reformation of…

B is for Björn Einarsson

Along the rocky black coastline of Vatnsleysuströnd in the south of Iceland, one is reminded deeply of man´s insignificance to the forces of nature.  It is here that we are able to witness the evidence first hand that it is truly nature that dictates our survival.  It is here that you can stand in fields…

A is for Albert Jónsson

'There is hardly anything as beautiful as the sea on good days, or clear nights, when it dreams and the gleam of the moon is its dream.  But the sea is not a bit beautiful, and we hate it more than anything else when the waves rise dozens of metres above the boat, when the…

Alphabet Ancestors – A New Challenge

It's been a long while between posts.  During that time I have continued my search into my bloodlines and have even recently returned from the adventure of travelling to Iceland, to reconnect with the land and my people and to delve deeper into the history and lives of my ancestors. Now, though is the time…

The Helmsman

  A TWIST OF FATE  My great grandfather Helgi Julius Jónsson was a man of the ocean, just as his father and countless generations before him were. He was an Icelander and they were bred tough, especially in the region where he was born - the Westfjörds, one of the most remote and rugged regions…

Where it all started

I first got started in family history at the age of 17.  That was 14 years ago.  I have always had a love of history, but when I was presented with the story of my maternal grandfather, who was first fostered out to the only grandparents my mother knew and later adopted, I was left…

Journey

Kristján Albertsson and Guðrún Þórðardóttir (Gudrun Thorthardottir).  Two names.  Two individuals who came together, to create a family.  But what´s the story behind these two names, these people of the past, my ancestors, my great-great grandparents.  I don´t want to just know their names, and dates of birth and death.  I want to know more.…