It's time to meet another one of our wonderful WikiTreers. This week's member is Dagmar Thorisdottir.
Dagmar has been a Wiki Genealogist since January of 2019. She is active in our Nordic Project, particularly for Iceland, and coordinates a Buch Name Study.
What are some of the surnames you are researching?
Buch, Løgstrup, Thorlacius, Scheving
What are some of the locations you are researching?
Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Canada
When and how did you get interested in genealogy and family history?
I started when I was 14. I had this good friend who was working on her family tree. I got curious and she taught me the basics. Shortly after that we were going on a holiday, my family and my grandparents were staying at our summerhouse in the north of Iceland. It used to be my great grandfather's farm. So I sat down and interviewed, or rather, interrogated, my grandmother. She told me about her parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, uncle and aunts. I was caught. I've been working on this, off and on, since then.
Who's your favorite ancestor and why?
I have a few that I love working on, because they are a challenge. But I have one that has a special place, mostly because his story only became apparent with the work I did. We've always known his name, but not his story. Guðbrandur Guðbrandsson (1853-1921) was born out of wedlock but his parents married shortly after. They had two more daughters shortly after. When Guðbrandur was 4 years old he lost his mother.
Two years later his father married again. But the father died only a month after the marriage. So the stepmother, Una, was a widow, pregnant and had three stepchildren to take care of. The younger girls where placed into foster care, the youngest with her mother's parents. But Una kept Guðbrandur with her. She gave birth to a boy, but sadly he didn't survive. This unlikely pair stayed together their whole life. Guðbrandur married his mother's first cousin and they had 8 children.
Somehow, with hard work, this orphan managed to better himself so much that at age 55 he bought the farm that is now our summer getaway. He was also the lensmand of the parish.
Tell us about a brick wall you hope to bust through.
Most of my brick walls are impossible to break through because the records are lost. But I have one that I keep coming back to because there are always new sources to be found. That is Dorothea Sophia Jensdatter Løgstrup (1695-1763). I have found her birth record and her parents. But her parents family is unknown, still. One day I'll break that wall down.
If you could pick one person in history to be related to, who would it be and why?
Margaret the I of Denmark. She must have been formidable.
What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?
Knitting. I love this process to take a string and two sticks and make something useful from it.
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