The Emigration from Iceland to North America
The Weekly Newsletter - Nr 36
March 9 2004  Keeping in touch every single week! (almost)
 Back in business :-)
Hello again!
Well, I'm back from my three weeks wonderful vacation to the Canarian Islands. Came home late last Saturday and my first thing to do the Sunday morning was to check on my emails. Seventeen hundred and ninety (1790) of them were waiting! Elevenhundred and eighty (1180) went direct to the trash as they were automatically marked as "spam" and 465 were also deleted after a brief survey. Anyway, there are still 145 to look at with full attention (in addition to all those in my "not answered" folder) so you see, there is alot to do in this highly rewarded business :-) I have said it before and it has been highly respected, but I say it once more, if you are waiting for a reply from me to some querie, please have patience. A lot of work was waiting for me so unfortunately my full time job is still limitating the time needed for this wonderful hobby.
This newsletter's number will therefore be a short one, just a reminder of me

 Icelandic slaves on Grand Canary?
Canary Island-glima
While visiting the Canary islands, I was reminded of a theory once raised by the world famous Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl (The Kon-Tiki Expedition, The RA Expeditions and many more) re- garding the sudden and mysterious devastation of the Icelandic settle- ment in Greenland in the fourteenth century. That settlement had been founded and raised by Eiríkur rauði (Erick the red) in the nineth century. Many theories has been raised through decades and centuries regarding this sudden disappearing of the Icelanders in Greenland, such like the settlement had been overrun and wiped out by the native Eskimos, a plague should have killed all the people, and many others.
Mr. Heyerdahl put forward the opinion that Spanish whalers had overrun the Icelandic settlements, enslaved all the people and moved them to the Canarias. Mr. Heyer- dahl's arguments were that on Gran Canaria a blond tribe was found with blue eyes and maybe the strongest argument was that the native's wrestling-style was so similar to the Icelandig glíma (wrestling), both regarding the rules and the wrestling-tricks.
I don't know how serious Mr. Heyerdahl was in his theory regard- ing the disappearing of the Icelanders in Greenland or how truthful my source was, but it's at least amusing.
Well, theories are to be discussed and then accepted or rejected :-)
Oh no, I'm not calling for a discussion!

 To Victory
Nonni in Swan River sent me an interesting postcard, "A Souvenir of the Falcon Hockey Team - Wpg - 1919-20" with the portraits of six of the famous team players. But why are only six players on the card? Take a look at Newsletter #10 for a comparation.
Do you recognize this card? Do you know the players pictured? Do you know of similar cards? Please let me know. Thanks!

 Place names
Don't forget my interest for Icelandic Placenames in North America.
Did anyone find out about Magnusson Park in Seattle? Few other names were researched by some good people. Did you have any luck?

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Settler of the Week

Albert Samúelsson

Albert Samúelsson was born 15 Sep 1857 at the farm Hvítadal in Dalasýsla, West Iceland, son to Samúel Eiríksson (1817-1896)and Guðlaug Brandsdóttir (1823-1894). Albert emigrated in 1883 together with his parents who settled in Gardar, North Dakota. Albert bought a piece of land in Gardar; in 1888 he married Guðrún Elísabet Jónsdóttir, born 16 Apr 1864. Her parents were Jón Jóhannesson and Guðrún Magnúsdóttir, farmers at Kvennabrekka in Strandasýsla.
Albert and Guðrún Elísabet had 12 children but in my source I only have: Einar, farmer in Gardar, Guðrún, married Lawrence Davis in St. Thomas (Norwegian), Guðjón, Ólöf, Margrét and Helga. Albert and Guðrún Elísabet's fosterdaughter was Inga Sigurðardóttir.
Albert died 31 Jan 1930 and Guðrún Elísabet in 1894.
I would be happy if you could spread some more light on this people, especially the descendants.

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