Genealogy and family history first really called to me seventeen years ago at the age of seventeen. Immigrating from Iceland to Australia with my parents at the age of three I had an innate desire to find out about my Icelandic family and why my grandfather was adopted as a child. This search led to the reunion of my grandfather with his long lost sisters, after sixty years apart. Since then I have been delving into my Icelandic lineage, with records dating back to the Viking ages. I’ve spent the last eight years between my Icelandic lineage and my husband’s Dutch and Australian roots.
I have always had a passion for history and I find great joy in helping people uncover the stories of their ancestors.
I am currently undertaking a certificate in genealogy focusing on Australian records through the University of Toronto. I started this online study in August 2015. As well as Australian records, I aim to specialise in Scandinavian records, including Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. In 2017 I began as a volunteer for Icelandic Roots, a non-profit educational heritage organisation specialising in genealogy, history and the traditions of people with Icelandic ancestry. Within this organisation I specialise in 18th and 19th Century Icelandic Midwifery.
As well as my studies and volunteer work, I am currently assisting Annalies as her Senior Project Writer – a position which entails collating all the research data into a telling narrative about each of the families that we investigate.
I look forward to beginning my first research project this year, and in turn assisting my colleague Annalies in the quest for the answers you may be searching for in your own family story.