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Biographies (Ættfræðingatal)[edit | edit source]

These are published collections of personal histories. These records can simplify research and provide supplemental genealogical information. They are a valuable source of vital information (birth, marriage, and death dates and places) and provide multi-generational linkage. There are several significant sets including:

  • Biographies of Pastors 1000-1930 (Prestaæfir)
  • Register of Members of Parliament 1845-1945 (Alþingismannatal),
  • Biographies and Genealogies of County Magistrates 1262-1915 (Sýslumannaæfir),
  • Lives of Learned Men 1400-1800 (Æfir Lærdra Manna).


Contents[edit | edit source]

Prestaæfir

  • Names of pastors
  • Dates and places of birth
  • Date of death
  • Parentage
  • Date of marriage
  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Some include multi-generational genealogies

AlÞingismannatal

  • Names of members
  • Dates and places of birth
  • Education
  • Appointments
  • Occupations
  • Residence
  • Spouse
  • Date of marriage
  • Names of parents
    • Date of death

Sýslumannaæfir

  • Names of county [sýsla] magistrates
  • Dates of birth
  • Parentage
  • Spouse
  • Children
    • Spouses and offspring
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Dates of death
  • Some include multi-generational genealogies

Æfir Lærdra Manna

  • Biographical sketches of men of prominence
  • Names
  • Dates and places of birth
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Parentage and sometimes ancestry for several generations
  • Spouse
  • Marriage date
  • Children
  • Date of death