The Southeast & Winnipeg Branch of MGS brings you another offering from their Educational Programming WEBINAR Schedule for the period September 2021 – June 2022.
This session will take place April 25, 2022, at 7:00 PM and will be presented via Zoom to all MGS members who hold a Southeast and Winnipeg Branch membership. Non-members can attend for a nominal fee of $10 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.
Title: Manitoba’s link to Icelandic heritage AND Using the ICELANDIC ROOTS genealogical website
Speaker: Sunna Olafson Furstenau, President and Founder of Icelandic Roots
Sunna Olafson Furstenau has been working to promote and preserve Icelandic heritage, culture, genealogy, and the strong bonds between Icelanders and North Americans of Icelandic descent for decades. She grew up on the original homestead of her Icelandic great-grandparents in Pembina County, North Dakota. She was lucky to know her Icelandic family who lived in the area and all the cousins and family members who lived in Manitoba. Over the years, Sunna has published family histories, traveled across North America and Iceland giving presentations, volunteered thousands of hours within various Icelandic organizations, and been a leader for many special projects. Her main focus has been with the nonprofit, charitable organization called Icelandic Roots. With now over 65 volunteers, Icelandic Roots has a strong reputation for accuracy and a vast amount of information. The mission includes helping others and paying it forward in education, heritage grants, scholarships, and more. In 2017, Sunna was honored to receive Iceland’s highest honor of chivalry, the Knight’s Cross of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon.
Join us for this webinar filled with photos, stories, special reports, histories, maps, and more as we learn about the Icelandic people who came to Manitoba. Even the Norwegians know their ancient history because of an Icelandic author of long ago. Learn about the Viking history, old Icelandic Sagas, and even J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, too. We will discover other areas outside of Manitoba which were settled by Icelandic immigrants. The webinar will include photos and information about the people, places, famous Icelandic settlers, and some of the challenges they faced in Manitoba. Sunna will give us a peek inside the workings of this unique, online, academic site which is so vibrant and ever-expanding with the genealogists and IT teams who work together. They are dedicated and talented volunteers who live across Canada, Iceland, and the United States who all work to preserve, promote and educate others about this important history.
Non-members of MGS and Southeast and Winnipeg Branch can purchase their ticket on Eventbrite.