Meet our Members: Dagmar Thorisdottir

+19 votes

Hi everyone!

500px-Meet_our_Members_Photos-53.jpgIt'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.

(interview continues below)

WikiTree profile: Dagmar Thorisdottir
in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)

How long have you been on WikiTree and what do you spend the most time doing?

I've only been on WikiTree since 2019. I mostly work on my own family, trying to get the whole picture. To get to know them. I've had these names in my tree for a very long time, but while working their profile you get to know them. Like Björg Björnsdóttir (1800-abt.1900), that at the age of 76 left Iceland with her youngest daughter to move to Canada. That must have been hard. When I need to take a break from that I love dating Icelandic profiles. It's quite satisfying to identify profiles and make them searchable. I have found some that needed to be merged because somebody else had made a duplicate profile, just because there were no dates.

I'm a part of the Nordic Project where I represent Iceland and I have a one name study for the name Buch.

What brought you to WikiTree? 

I first found you through Google. I was looking for information on somebody and found their profile on WikiTree. Hadn't heard of it before that. But I didn't join then. It wasn't until a member of one of the Danish Facebook genealogy groups recommended the site that I took a closer look. 
What is your favorite thing about WikiTree, or which feature(s) do you like the most? 

I love the DNA feature. It's the only site where you can visually confirm your DNA findings. I have two lines that I'm missing. One is because there is a pedigree collapse that makes it hard to isolate that line and the other is because there was only one son that survived, so not many possible DNA cousins to test. I'll need to go beyond the third cousins range and that becomes complicated quickly.

I also love the connection finder and, especially, that it finds more than one connection.

If you could improve one thing about WikiTree, what would it be? 

The graphic. It's very old school. I don't want the fancy graphics, just a visual update. And numbering of children. It's irritating to have to count them.

What is an example of how WikiTree has helped you with your genealogy or how you’ve helped genealogy with WikiTree? 

I think the most important thing I have learned is the value of collaboration. Genealogy used to be a very solitary hobby. Now I seem to be working with somebody on just about all my projects. I have gotten to know some nice genealogists that have the same idea that this isn't my tree but our tree. And I love helping people find their ancestors. I've actually broken down a few walls for other people.
Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree? 

Give it time. You won't learn everything at once. There is no mistake that can't be corrected and there is always somebody ready to help, if you need it. 

9 Answers

+12 votes
Hi Dagmar! Great to get to know you. Great story about your ancestor and your family getaway. Thanks for sharing!
by Peggy Watkins G2G6 Pilot (213k points)
+7 votes
Congratulations, Dagmar on your nomination as Wonderful WikiTreer of the Week.

A very informative interview. You started your family research in a similar way as I did, only that I was almost 30 years old at that time. At a family celebration (my wedding) I asked all my older relatives and the relatives of my wife Dagmar, what they still know from memory about their ancestors. A few days later I visited them all and interviewed each one and wrote down everything they told.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
+6 votes
If you edit, it does number the children. Don't even have to change anything, just go into the edit page, see the number, back out of it.

Or, you can use the fantastic Auto Wikitree Tables + app, it allows you to display vertical numbered lists of the siblings and children in Chrome. (does a bunch of other great stuff too)
by Jonathan Crawford G2G6 Mach 9 (91.6k points)
+7 votes
Hi Dagmar...we are cousins, very distant (30th cousins 1x removed), through none other than Rollo of Normandy! Nothing like sharing a bit of Viking blood! I enjoyed your profile very much and totally agree as to the value of collaboration. The two responders thus far, Dieter and Peggy, are prime examples of wonderful collaborators. Thanks much for your story.
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (508k points)
+5 votes
Congratulation, Dagmar, on being named member of the week, and thank you for all you do for our tree.  It is fascinating to hear about your Icelandic ancestry.
by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (367k points)
+5 votes
What a lovely interview Dagmar, it is nice to know you a little from it.
by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
+2 votes

Loved this interview smiley Thank you for sharing Dagmar's story with us. WikiTree has some hidden gems and Dagmar is one of them.

by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (876k points)
+3 votes
Hello Dagmar.  Read your great interview and thought maybe I should join the Nordic Project since my grandfather was born in Denmark.  He was brought to the US as an infant by his mother and the father never followed as had been planned.  Perhaps it was her plan but not his. Can't follow the Danish line very far back.  I can get back to Rollo of Normandy though my English ancestors.
by K Cooper G2G Crew (480 points)
+1 vote
Congratulations, Dagmar! Thank you so much for the help you provided on that Icelandic family I was working on a while back, & for everything else you do. We're all very happy to have you at the Nordic Project, & I look forward to continuing to work with you in the future
ago by Thomas Koehnline G2G6 Mach 3 (36.6k points)

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