Icelandic Immigrants to Utah
Fred Woods, “Icelandic Immigrants to Utah,” in Fire on Ice: The Story of Icelandic Latter-day Saints at Home and Abroad, (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2005), 223–30.
The following chart is built from LaNora Allred’s The Icelanders of Utah, “Icelanders Who Came to Utah,” 47–58, and Bliss K. Anderson’s personal database, which she has spent years compiling. While the monuments on the Westmann Islands, Iceland, and in Spanish Fork, Utah, list 410 Icelandic emigrants, the following chart lists 412 Icelandic emigrants. This apparent discrepancy is resolved when one notices that between numbers 249 and 250, there is a name without a number (+1) and that numbers 272 and 387 are numbers without names (-2). Further, #369, Mary Larson Eakes, was born in Denmark and is therefore not an Icelandic emigrant (-1). Combined, they result in a net loss of two, bringing the total number on the chart from 412 to 410, the number that appears on the monuments.
To create this chart of Icelanders who came to Utah between 1855 and 1914, the following sources have been consulted, which include items used by LaNora Allred and Bliss K. Anderson as well as items used to augment their work: Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Western Epics, 1971); Frank Esshom, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah (Salt Lake City: Utah Pioneers Book Publishing Co., 1913); Kate B. Carter, comp., Our Pioneer Heritage, 20 vols. (Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1958–77); Deseret Evening News;
Spanish Fork Membership Records (1852–91) and the Cleveland, Utah, Membership Records (1890–1941), Church Archives; La Nora Allred, The Icelanders of Utah (Spanish Fork, UT: Icelandic Association of Utah, 1998); Parish Record, Microfilms from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah; Junius Kristinsson, Vesturfaraska 1870–1914: A Record of Emigrants from Iceland to America, 1870–1914 (Reykjavik, Institute of History, University of Iceland, 1983); Marvin E. Wiggins, Mormons and their Neighbors: An Index to Over 75,000 Biographical Sketches from 1820 to the Present (Provo, Utah: Harold B. Lee Library, BYU, 1984); Manuscript History of Icelandic Mission: 1815–1914; “Historical Record of the Icelandic Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1873–1914” (Church Archives); “1874–1914 Icelandic Mission”(Church Archives); John Y. Bearnson, “Index to Persons Emigrating from Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland to Copenhagen, Utah, Hafnarfjord, Reykjavik, Seydisfjordur, and America, from 1823 to 1913” (Springville, UT: Genealogical Society, 1970); International Genealogical Index; LDS Family History Suite CD-ROM (Infobases: 1996).