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Héraðsskjalasafnið á Akureyri | Akureyri Regional Archives (Akureyri, Iceland)


    Sample collection on women migrants at the Akureyri Regional Archives below

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    Collection: Jóhannes Einarsson and Sigurlaug Þorsteinsdóttir Fonds (Iceland, US and Canada: 1886–1947)

    Description: Personal fonds of a married couple who left Iceland in 1889 in a family group that included Jóhannes’s widowed aunt and foster-mother Ovída Jónasdottir of Hvammur (1834–1909), the couple’s daughter Elína and two foster-children. They initially emigrated to North Dakota in the United States but moved in 1890 to the North West Territory (modern-day Saskatchewan), where they settled on a farm near Calder. Among the sources in the fonds are personal letters to Sigurlaug and Jóhannes, a diary kept by Jóhannes in 1889–1890, a speech held at Sigurlaug and Jóhannes’s golden wedding anniversary in 1936, a newspaper obituary on Sigurlaug’s death in 1944 and a photocopy of an account book belonging to Óvídá prior to her emigration (1886–1887).

    Archive address: Brekkugötu 17, 600 Akureyri, Iceland

    Reference number: Jóhannes Einarsson og Sigurlaug Þorsteinsdóttir 2012/63. 2012-A/1 1–3.

    Links: Visit the archive website. A description of the fonds is available here.

    Contributor: Katelin Parsons