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Legstaðaleit

Photos of Icelandic graves

About Legstaðaleit

Legstaðaleit started in 2014 when I received the first photographs from the cemeteries in Keflavík from Magnús Ó. Ingvarsson. I had long thought about creating a website where I would collect images of Icelandic headstones (i.e. headstones located in Iceland as well as headstones from the graves of Icelanders all over the world), but since I don’t live in Iceland I couldn’t quite figure out how I could get a hold of the images needed. In the end, I decided to post in the Facebook that is dedicated to Icelandic genealogy and see if I could find volunteers that would be willing to take photographs for me. I got great receptions og since then I have been busy registering the photograps and the individuals linked to them into Legstaðaleit’s database. When this is written (July 7th 2019) the database contains approx. 4.200 headstone images, 8.500 individuals and 131 cemetery.

How can you help:

If you want to use photographs from Legstaðaleit on other websites or publications, please contact me first.

Lastly, I'd like to say that I hope Legstaðaleit will help you in your search for information. If you have good ideas or corrections, or just want to tell me about a photo/info that you found on my site, I love getting mail. 🙂

Best regards
Rakel Bára Þorvaldsdóttir


Webmaster Message

Genealogy has always been one of my main interests. When I was a teenager I was responsible for mowing the lawn of the local cemetery in the rural area where I grew up. I saw all the history that the headstones and crosses told, even in a small cemetery. And I also saw what time does to these same headstones and crosses, and how much history is lost in the process. This is the reason why I started this webpage. I wanted to make all this history accessible for as many people as possible, no matter where they are in the world. If you want to help me, please don't hesitate to contact me :-)

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