9 October 2014

Ferner wedding

Carl-Christian Ferner, youngest son of Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner and Johan Martin Ferner, married Anna-Stina Slattum Karlsen at Ris Church in Oslo last weekend (probably Saturday 4 October 2014). The reception took place at Grand Hotel.

King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn as well as members of the Ferner and Lorentzen families attended the wedding.

Anna-Stina Slattum Ferner, as is her new name, works as a "digital editor" at Orkla Foods. She was born at Bærum Hospital on 23 February 1984 as the youngest child of Reidar Kristian Karlsen and Gerd Solveig Slattum-Karlsen.

Sources: Se og Hør No. 41/2014 and Aftenposten 25 February 1984 No. 95 p. 18 and the tax lists of 2001 and 2009.

3 September 2014

Scanned version of the Norwegian national census 1801

A transcribed version of the Norwegian national census was published on the Internet by the then Department of History at the University of Bergen in 1995. The census is now housed by Digitalarkivet (the Digital Archives), a division of Riksarkivet (the National Archives).

Last week Digitalarkivet published the scanned version of the 1801 census. If you ever wonder if the transcribed version contains a mistake you are now able to check the original. A great new addition for all genealogists!

The photo above lists the people living at the Holset (Hoelset) farm in Åmot, Østerdalen in 1801. The permanent page link can be found here, while the permanent photo link can be viewed here. For the transcribed version, go here. The survey shows among others my 5-x-great-grandfather Tollef Olsen Holset (1764-1840), his wife Anne Kristensdatter Glomstad (1762-1844), their children, Tollef's parents Ole Eriksen Holset (1723-1810) and Berte Tollefsdatter (1729-1820), some other relations as well as a cotter family. My Hoelseth family page can be viewed here.

The other censuses available at Digitalarkivet:

Svenska Släktkalendern 2014

Svenska Släktkalendern 2014 ("The Swedish Family Calendar 2014") was published in May this year. The genealogical work is similar to the Svenska Adelskalendern (The Swedish Nobility Book), but "only" covers "commoner" families. I got the opportunity to leaf through it when I visited the Genealogy Convention in Karlstad, Sweden last weekend. I didn't buy it, but might do it later (it will also eventually be added to the book collection of the Norwegian Genealogy Society), as quite a few interesting families were included. 65 family articles are included, of those 22 have been covered earlier, while as many as 43 are new, including Prince Daniel of Sweden's Westling family. 

The families covered in the latest edition are: Ahnlund (from Annefors) (new), Alfvén (from Alunda) (new), Arrhenius (from Målilla), Aschan, Askagården (new), Azar (new), Berggren (from Gävle) (new), Bergman (from Högsby) (new), Bergström (from Jämtland) (new), Berzelius, Billing (from Stockholm) (new), Bjernald (new), Brodell (from Bro) (new), Carlsson (from Burseryd), Cleve, Clewberg (new), Dafgård, Dahlgren (from Norrköping), Djurberg (from Stockholm), Dravins (new), Ekroth (from Ytterselö) (new), Elmgren (from Lessebo) (a new branch added), Eschelsson (new), Esmaeilzadeh (new), Fagræus (new), Fioretos (new), Främby (new), Granit (from Korpo) (new), Hellström (from Björskog) (new), Klackenberg (new), Kraft (from Löderup) (new), Lagberg (from Skänninge) (new), Lagerlöf, Lindman (from Lindrum), Magnuson (the Sandviken family) (new), Meitner (new), Nathhorst, Nathurst; Nessler, Nässler (new), Nilsson (from Grythyttan) (new), Nordenvall (the Värmland family), Persson (from Tullstorp) (new), Plantin (from Umeå) (new), Rahm (from Ramsberg) (new), Ramstedt (the Stockholm family), Rappaport (new), Rosell (from Torpa) (new), Rossander (from Kisa) (new), Rur, Ruhr; Salmoon (new),  Samuelsson (from Spekeröd) (new), Scheele (new), Seddigh (new), Siegbahn, Stecksenius, Stecksén (Daniel Olofsson's family) (new), Svart (from Aspeboda), Svartz (from Leksand), Svedberg (from Edebo) (new), Tegnér (from Tegnaby), Theorell (from Hudene) (new), Wattrangius (I) (new),  Westling (from Hanebo - Prince Danilel's family) (new), Widerström (new), Wiesel (from Vislanda) (new),Wullt (new), Åkerhielm (Filip's branch).

Svenska Släktkalendern (SSK) was published for the first time in 1885, then under the name Svensk Slägtkalendern, from 1889 Svenska Ättartal, before it got its current name in 1912. Since 1885 the calendar has been published with irregular intervals, but the last three editions every second year. The 2014 edition is no. 46.

The calendar covers the basic genealogical-biographical facts about the family members, such as complete name including call name and nickname if given, birth date, profession/title, employment, positions and/or memberships in national organisations, honors (orders, medals), marriage, cohabitaiton or registered partnership as well as address (city, place).

Föreningen Svenska Släktkalendern (The Swedish Family Calendar Society) is behind the publication, and the current editor is Magnus Bäckmark. The 2014 edition costs SEK 730. ISBN10: 9163751151. ISBN13: 9789163751158. Go to the official website for more details.

28 August 2014

Släktforskardagarna i Karlstad, Sverige - The Genealogy Convention in Karlstad, Sweden 29-31 August 2014

The Swedish Genealogy Convention 2014 will take place in Karlstad in Värmland this weekend (29-31 August 2014). The convention will be located in the Karlstad CCC (Karlstad Congress Culture Center). Around 90 genealogical societies and various institutions and providers of search tools (such as the National Archives, Ancestry, FamilySearch etc.) will have exhibitions, and there will be numerous lectures. The theme for the Genealogy Convention this year is "Migration - past, present and future".

I will be present at the convention as a representative of the Norwegian Genealogical Society (NSF), together with the chairman and his partner. Karlstad is a short drive from the Norwegian border, so we expect that many Norwegians will attend the convention as well. Besides the NSF also the other national genealogical society, The Genealogy Society of Norway-DIS, will be present, as well as Skogfinsk Genealogi (the Forest Finns Genealogical Society) and Solør Slektshistorielag (Solør Genealogical Society).

I look forward to meeting other genealogists, establish new contacts and get new input! This will be the second time I visit Karlstad, but I doubt there will be much time for sightseeing, as I will be at the CCC most of the time. I hope to visit the city again soon in order to watch Karlstad's ice hockey team, Färjestad!
The masonic lodge in Karlstad, where the negotiations for the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden took place in 1905. Not normally open to the public, though, and there will not be much time for sightseeing anyway.

3 July 2014

Sofia Hellqvist's ancestry

Following the announcement of the engagement between Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist last Friday, 27 June 2014, the genealogist and publisher Ted Rosvall has worked hard to trace the ancestors of the (most likely) princess-to-be and future member of the Bernadotte family. The second edition of Rosvall's book Bernadotteättlingar (The Bernadotte Descendants) was published in 2010.

Ted Rosvall's first results were published in the blog Rötter (Roots) on the website of Sveriges Släktforskarförbund (Swedish Roots, Sweden's Genealogists' Society), on Monday 30 June 2014. The Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet followed up with an article on 1 July 2014, in which also the Älvdalen genealogist Roland Skoglund was interviewed. Skoglund, who is chairman of Runslingan, Uppland Genealogical Society, has in earlier works covered the population of Älvdalen from the period 1600-1900. Because of Skoglund's work, which I hope will eventually end up with a published genealogy of Sofia Hellqvist's mother's family, Ted Rosvall has focused his research on Sofia's father's family.

Based on the above-mentoned articles and Ratsit, a credit report company which at it's website has public records from the Swedish public register, I can present a short summary of Sofia Hellqvist's ancestry.

1. Sofia Kristina Hellqvist, b. Täby 6 December 1984, later moved to Älvdalen
2. Eric Oscar Hellqvist, b. --- Denmark 3 June 1949.
3. Marie Britt Rotman, b. Älvdalen 2 May 1957.
4. Stig Hellqvist (deceased)
5. Ingrid --- (deceased)
6. Janne Herbert Ribbe Rotman, d. 2005.
7. Britt Ingegerd ---, b. 10 June 1937.

Sofia's sisters are Lina Maria Hellqvist, b. 16 January 1982, who lives in Stockholm, and Sara Helena Hellqvist, b. 30 May 1988, who lives in Sollentuna.
Sofia's grandfather Stig was born in Lidhamn outside Malmö, but his father was a handelsresande (salesman/commercial traveller) from Norrköping. Going one generation further back, we find tullvaktmästare (some sort of customs officer) Anders Fredrik (Andersson) Hellqvist (1850-1927), who was born in Norrköping/Hedvig as the son of factory worker Anders Nilsson and Anna Maria Persdotter (1823-1904).

The surname Hellqvist actually stems from the latter's family. Her father, grenadier Petter Häll/Hell (1793-1852), was from Hällebyle i Gistad parish. At least one of his children, Johan Fredrik (1833-1916), later took the surname Hellqvist, something his sister's son also settled on. Peter Häll was born in Svinstad parish southeast of Linköping. Svinstad was in 1804 renamed Bankekind, possibly because of the original name (svin means swine/pig). As Rosvall sums up, in Sofia's father's family we only find commoners - cotters/crofters, soldiers and workers. On her mother's side, 3/4 of the family has roots in Älvdalen in Dalarna, and most of them were farmers.Through her Älvdalen family Sofia Hellqvist is related to Gyris Marit Ersdotter, who died in captivity in 1669, most likely she suffered death at the stake for witchcraft.

I am sure that more details will be published as we get closer to the wedding next summer. In the meantime, you can also find some information at Nobiliana provided by Netty Leistra.

27 June 2014

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden engaged to marry Sofia Hellqvist

The engagement between Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist was announced today by the Royal Court. The press release read as follows:
Engagement between Prince Carl Philip and Miss Sofia Hellqvist

The Marshal of the Realm is delighted to announce the engagement between Prince Carl Philip and Miss Sofia Hellqvist.

After His Majesty The King of Sweden had given his consent to the marriage between Prince Carl Philip and Miss Sofia Hellqvist, His Majesty requested the approval by the Swedish Government, in accordance with the procedures set out in the Swedish Constitution.
- Sofia has today said yes to the question to spend the rest of her life together with me. Today is a very happy day for Sofia and I, says Prince Carl Philip.
The wedding date has not yet been decided but it is planned to take place during the summer of 2015.
The newly engaged and happy couple met the media for a short press conference and photo session, where we learned among others that Prince Carl Philip had proposed the same morning and that Ms. Hellqvist had been taken by surprise. They had been waiting for this day for such a long time... According to today's press, the couple met in 2009, became a couple in early 2010 and moved in together in 2011. She seems to have been welcomed by the royal family from the start and have attended several royal events, including Princess Madeleine’s wedding in 2012 and Princess Leonore’s christening earlier this month.

From the released CV, today’s newspapers and Dt.se we learn that Sofia Kristina Hellqvist was born at Täby (outside Stockholm) on 6 December 1984, but grew up in Älvdalen in Dalarna. She is the second daughter of Erik Hellqvist and Marie Hellqvist, née Rotman. Her big sister is named Lina, while her younger sister is Sara.

Sofia attended primary school at Älvdalen and the local Montessori school and studied at the high school in Vansbro. I cannot find too many details about her family, but Svensk Damtidning published a survey of her family in no. 14, 2013 (which I haven't read). Erik was born in Denmark and works or has worked at the local post office, while Marie, who comes from Älvdalen originally, used to be an active member of the Liberal People’s Party. I am sure we will get more details and more accurate information later.

According to the information released by the court, Sofia has studied accounting with computer application, specialising in business development, at the Institute of English and Business in New York. Sofia has also studied various courses such as global ethics, child and youth science, children’s communication and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in theory and in Swedish practice at Stockholm University. During her time in New York, Sofia also studied at YTTP, Yoga To The People, to become a certified yoga instructor. She was also involved in setting up a yoga centre. During September and October 2009, Sofia carried out voluntary work in Ghana. She visited orphanages and helped build a centre for women.

In 2010, Sofia founded the organisation Project Playground, together with her friend Frida Vesterberg. Project Playground is a non-profit organisation that helps vulnerable children and young people in areas and townships outside Cape Town, South Africa, primarily in Langa, which is the oldest township in the area. Project Playground strengthens children’s personal and social development via support programmes and organised activities. With a focus on children and young people’s leisure time and the individual, Project Playground creates a safe platform and meeting place with activities and programmes, run by adults that act as leaders and role models. The business has a total of 29 employees (26 in South Africa) and is one of the largest employers in the township of Langa. Sofia is President of Project Playground, and Frida Vesterberg is Vice President.

So far, so good. But the future Princess Sofia of Sweden has a past. Maybe not as wild as many would claim, but there are photos out there, from the time she was a glamour model and participant in a reality show. She surely regrets some of the choices she made when she was young.

The reactions of today’s news have obviously been mixed, as one could expect. You can read comments by the more Catholic than the Pope kind of people who find Ms. Hellqvist totally unsuitable to marry into the Swedish royal family and on the other side comments by the royalty is a fairytale kind of people who believes love conquers everything and nothing else matters. The republicans are always bothered by the cost of the wedding, and then again there are many who wouldn’t care less. If the monarchy falls, it will most likely not be because of Prince Carl Philip’s choice of bride.

Some will regard her as a gold digger and worse, while others prefer to talk about how they met at a party and fell in love. Regardless, the couple made a great impression at the press conference today. It is too early to say what impact the engagement and wedding next year will have on the support of the monarchy. She will most likely grow into her role and perform her duties well. She will be accepted by the majority, while the skeptics will never forget. Sofia Hellqvist seems to be a charming and warm-hearted person who will be of great support to her husband. Those who are critical of the union and want someone to blame, should go after Prince Carl Philip, who by his more or less controversial choice of a woman «with a past» is challenging the bedrock the monarchy is leaning on and exposing the royal house to more criticism and negative headlines. Something the royal house doesn’t really need. It is kind of sad, though. An engagement is supposed to be a celebration not only of a young couple’s love, but also of the monarchy itself. Instead we end up with mixed feelings and debates.

Constitutionally speaking, the king and the government have given consent to the marriage, cf. article 5 of the act of succession, just as expected. The Government gave its approval yesterday by the way. Upon marriage Sofia will become Princess of Sweden and Duchess of Värmland with the style of Royal Highness, and any possible children will be Prince or Princess of Sweden just like their cousins Estelle and Leonore.

Updated on 30 June 2014 at 10.05 (minor corrections about Sofia's parents, link added).

22 June 2014

The 31st International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences

Are you interested in genealogy and/or heraldry? Why don't you come to Oslo between 13th and 17 of August this year, where the 31st International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences takes place?

The theme of the congress is "Influence on Genealogy and Heraldry of Major Events in the History of a Nation", a theme chosen because of the two major jubilees which are marked in 2014 - the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution and Oslo's 700th anniversary as the capital of Oslo. Whether Oslo really could be defined as a capital 700 years ago or not has with good reasons been a subject of discussion, but the anniversary is nevertheless being marked, although not in the same style as the 17th of May anniversary.

Anyway, there are many interesting topics being presented during the congress, including themes covering royalty and nobility. The timing and venue for each presentation has now been decided, and these can be seen on the Congress website – Program.

Under Presenters you can see the names of the speakers and title of the presentations, and clicking further on the individual names takes you to a synopsis of the talk. In addition to general registration, it is possible to register for individual days for talks of particular interest – contact the Congress at post@congress2014.no for details.

The organizers behind the congress is the Norwegian Genealogical Society (Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening) and the Norwegian Heraldry Society (Norsk Heraldisk Forening).

The blazon of the emblem is as follows: Shield: Azure a Tree eradicated Argent. Supporter: Issuant from behind the Shield Saint Hallvard (Oslo’s patron saint) Azure with a Millstone resting in Dexter Hand and holding three Arrows in Sinister Hand, all Argent. (Source: Slektshistoriewiki - The Norwegian Genealogy Wiki).

The 31st International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences Oslo 2014 is under the distinguished patronage of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway.

Hope to see as many of you in Oslo in August this year!