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Are you researching genealogy in Iceland?I saw on the National Genealogical Society’s UpFront
blog that the Iceland National
Archives has put an index to many censuses online (and the site is available in English).
You currently can search censuses for 1703, 1835, 1840, 1845, 1850, 1855, 1860, 1870,
1890, 1901 and 1910.
Censuses for 1762, 1801, 1816 and 1880 will be added soon. And according to the website,
The basic search lets you search one or more censuses on the name, household position,
farm/house name, parish or county. The advanced search lets you search on a combination
of these, plus age and sex.
In your search results, click on a person’s name to see details such as sex, age,
marital status, household position, religion and place of birth. Click in the Farm/House
column for that person to see a list of everyone in the household.
The information from the census is in Icelandic, of course. I used Google
Translate to get a translation for household position terms. That column seems
to be roughly equivalent to US censuses’ relationship to the head of household (such
as “wife,” “child”) or occupation (such as “farmer,” “maid”).
If you do happen to have ancestors from Iceland, you’ll find more resources for researching
them on our International
Genealogy Passport CD, which compiles helpful genealogy websites, publications
and organizations from nearly every nation on earth.