The Emigration from Iceland to North America
The Weekly Newsletter - Nr 1
February 28, 2003   Keeping in touch every single week! (almost)
Interesting book
Icelandic River Saga by Nelson Gerrard. I know - I know. This book is no longer available except you might be hit by the Lucky Streak inside a second-hand bookshop. Don't hesitate to get hold of a copy whenever you find it. This book is such a welth of interesting information on Icelandic people who settled and lived along the Whitemud River in Manitoba, which became known as the Icelandic River. You can dwell with the book for hours. Unfortunately it's a little bit heavy to read in bed :)
A partial index to the book with the emphasis on early pioneers, their sons and daughters, and area residents is a valuable help in locating people in the Icelandic River area.

Mr. Gerrard is now working on another huge task, Gimlunga Saga, the story of the Icelandic settlement at Gimli in New Iceland, Manitoba. Take a look at Gimlunga Saga where Mr. Gerrard calls upon the support of the descendants of the Gimli settlers.

Links at my Emigration site
Forefather Finding Facility. You all know by now that by mailing me some info on your ancestors it may be possible to generate some ancestral family tree.
Tiny Genealogy Dictionary. Many of you may have received - either from me or some other genealogy addicted person - a lengthy file of your Icelandic ancestry. These files are - at least mine - generated by the icelandic genealogy program ESPOLIN (written by FRISK) and therefore all in Icelandic. You can see an example here. To help you to understand the information regarding your ancestors, please take a look at my Tiny Genealogy Dictionary. You may find answers there to some of your questions :) 

Where did they come from?
During the long period of emigration from Iceland to North America, people came from almost every corner of the country. And for various reasons. The largest number of emigrants came from the East of Iceland, from Mlassla which is actually divided to Mlassla north (Norur-Mlassla) and Mlassla south (Suur-Mlassla). The emigration from Iceland through the years 1870-1914 varied greatly depending on local conditions. There was a large group in 1876 after Mount Askja erupted and destroyed many meadows. Another large group left in 1883 after the very cold weather in 1882. The largest group left in 1887 after a very severe spring that destroyed a large proportion of the livestock. This was followed by another hard winter in 1888. Another peak occurred in 1893 after the hard winter of 1892. The large exodus in 1903 also followed a hard winter in 1902. The total number of registered emigrants from Mlassla north and Mlassla south during the emigration period were 3795. A huge number considering the population in those two counties. 
Emigration ports in East Iceland were Vopnafjrur, Seyisfjrur, Eskifjrur and Djpivogur (Berufjrur).

I hate to see you put down this newsletter (have you read it all?), but a click in the picture brings you to a very interesting site with a wealth of information regarding the East of Iceland. Enjoy!

First of all I have to apologize to my English speaking friends, for my English. I know it's not the very best :) but you have to live with that, if you intend to stay with us. With this "newsletter" I want to keep in touch with you more than I can do just through my website, which I hope you will be visiting at least once a day :)
So - what's this all about? Well, I really don't know :) Partly at least, it's up to you. I see this as a mean to bring to you genealogical information, information of people and places as well as your queries and informations to others on my mailing list.

Settler of the Week
The Settler of the Week will be introduced in the next number of the Emigration Newsletter.
If you have some special wishes, please let me know.

To my visitors
This number of the Emigration Newsletter is the only one accessible from the website The Emigration from Iceland to North America. In the future the newsletter will be sent only to the members of my Postlist.

This Newsletter is sent to you by
Hlfdan Helgason
Reykjavk, Iceland.

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8 March 2003