The country has a special Internet resource called the Icelandic Book, created back in 2003. Its database contains information about all the inhabitants of the country and their family ties. Every Icelander can look at his family tree there and find out who his ancestors were. The Icelandic Book is based on genealogical books, historical documents, evidence of the settlement of the island. Many sources are hundreds of years old: they were painstakingly put together, digitized and made into a convenient service.
Any citizen of Iceland can log in to the site and get access to their family tree through their personal account. Young people actively use the Icelandic Book to find out about potential partners: just enter a first and last name, and the service will accurately show the degree of relationship. For many Icelanders, such a “breakthrough” of candidates is a mandatory procedure before starting a relationship.
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