ICCBC Genealogy Centre and Resources

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At one point or anoth­er, most of us want to know about our fam­i­ly his­to­ry. Maybe it is because we look like a great grand­par­ent or share a name with oth­ers. Fam­i­ly his­to­ry con­tributes to who we are and where we are today. We often embark on our search for our roots after those with first-hand knowl­edge are gone. Many of our grand­par­ents or great grand­par­ents were ættfróð, that is, they were knowl­edge­able about their fam­i­ly tree and those of oth­ers.

Today, it is pos­si­ble to reclaim that per­son­al fam­i­ly his­to­ry knowl­edge through many types of resources.

At the Ice­land Room of the SCC, we have a col­lec­tion of genealo­gies, cen­sus records, biogra­phies, dis­trict his­to­ries and oth­er ref­er­ence mate­r­i­al that can be use­ful in rebuild­ing that knowl­edge of your his­to­ry. In addi­tion, we have micro­film of the BC Vital Events, a micro­film read­er and print­er. There is wire­less inter­net through­out the build­ing and a pho­to­copi­er avail­able.

There are many on-line resources that can con­tribute to build­ing your Ice­landic geneal­o­gy includ­ing cen­sus records and news­pa­per pub­li­ca­tions. While most resources are in Ice­landic, we can assist you in access­ing that crit­i­cal infor­ma­tion.

Our club’s Geneal­o­gy Cen­tre is estab­lished to encour­age peo­ple of Ice­landic her­itage to find out about their fore­bears. This cen­tre is estab­lished for you to use whether you are a novice or expe­ri­enced researcher.

The Scan­di­na­vian Cul­tur­al Soci­ety holds reg­u­lar month­ly geneal­o­gy ses­sions at which time you are wel­come to check out your Ice­landic geneal­o­gy or by con­tact­ing us at icc_of_bc@nullhotmail.com for a time that suits your sched­ule.

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Some peo­ple refer to geneal­o­gy as a hob­by but it is more than that, it is men­tal exer­cise, enter­tain­ment and an impor­tant part of our cul­tur­al her­itage.