3 November 2021

The shipping family Lorentzen of Drammen, Norway

Last week I published an article about the shipping family Lorentzen of Drammen, Norway at Slektshistoriewiki, the Norwegian genealogy wiki. I started on the project in June this year after I had received an interesting question to my blog article Erling Sven Lorentzen (1923–2021). The question was: "In "Underwater Saboteur", Max Manus mentions "James Lorentzen" who directed work on underground newspapers and propaganda. Gunnar Sonsteby, in "Report from No 24" mentions Erling Lorentzen, the youngest member of the Oslo gang. Is "James Lorentzen" a code name for Erling Lorentzen? Is James Lorentzen a relative of Erling Lorentzen?" 

My first reply was that James Lorentzen was James Stove Lorentzen (1921–1998), son of Axel B. Lorentzen (1884–1952). My source regarding James' grandfather was wrong, but I corrected this in my second reply, where I gave more details. I had heard about the said James Stove Lorentzen (one of several members of the family who had this name) and his son, who is an active member of the Conservative party here in Oslo, before, but I had not paid much attention to him. Because the Lorentzen family of Holmestrand is large, I had just assumed that Erling and James Stove belonged to the same shipping family, but from different branches. Now I know that the two shipping families with the same name and who both come from Denmark originally, have no connection to each other.

At least two books have been published about the Lorentzen of Drammen family, but so far I had not seen any genealogical work that covered all the branches. Because I wanted to know for sure which people belonged to the Holmestrand family and which people belonged to the Drammen family, I decided to do the research and set up a survey myself. The Drammen family has many interesting connections to other well-known Norwegian families, including Gude, Tidemand, Bache, Bruun, Ditlev-Simonsen and Lange. The oldest branch is still involved in shipping.

It was the Danish-born Jørgen Lorentzen (1788–1861) who settled in Drammen in the early years of the 19th century, who is the family's progenitor here in Norway. In 1828 he married Jean «Jane» Campbell of Leith, Scotland (1798–1878), widow of Arthur Stove (d. 1828), and adopted her son James, who took the name James Stove Lorentzen. Jørgen and James had 3 sons together. There are today agnatic descendants of James (1821–1901) and Thomas (1829–1890).

The project gradually changed from only containing genelogical details to also including short biographies, some larger than others. Of course the biographies depend on how much information it has been possible to gather. It has been a challenge to find details about some of the female members. Some of them surely have interesting stories to tell, but I haven't found much about them in print. Another challenge has been to find photos which are not copyrighted. I hope to add more later, but I guess I would have to ask some of the famili members directly. But I have found two free-licensed photos and also received permission to publish two photos of Ragna Gundersen, née Lorentzen (1904–1995) and Oscar Christian Gundersen (1908–1991). The latter was among others Miniser of Jusstice in the second and fourth Gerhardsen government and was a Supreme Court Justice in two periods. In the article the living members are excluded for privacy reasons.

I am already working on a larger update to include more details about Jørgen Lorentzen's Danish ancestors, and have also updated a few minors errors, one of the advantages of the wiki format. The article can be updated and improved whenever deemed necessary.

It always give me pleasure to compile genealogies like thios one, even if I have no personal connections to the family. Then Lorentzens of Drammen have been among the major shipping families in Norway for generations and I am sure the genealogy will also be of interest to others. And of course I am already thinking about new genealogy projets. I hope, among others, to publish an article about the Hoelseth family some time next year (in a genealogical periodical, not Slektshistoriewiki), and I have several ideas for genealogies at Slektshistoriewiki as well.

Photo: Portrait of Aage Blom Lorentzen (1891–1920), 1911. © Ernest Rude/Oslo Bymuseum.

3 October 2021

Heir to the Imperial throne of Russia marries

The religious wedding of the Tsesarevich of Russia, Grand Duke George, and the former Rebecca Virginia Bettarini, who took the name Victoria Romanovna following her conversion to the Orthodox faith in July 2020, took place in the St. Isaac Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia on 1 October 2021. The civil wedding took place on 24 September 2021 in the Moscow City Hall. 

Grand Duke George Mikhailovich is the only son of the head of the Russian Imperial House, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and her former husband Prince Franz Wilhelm of Russia. Victoria Romanovna, b. Rome 18 May 1982, is the daughter of Roberto Bettarini and Carla Virginia Bettarini, née Cacciatore. The wedding was announced on 21 january 2021. As far as I understand it the head of the Russian Imperial House has declared the union not to be dynastic.

The wedding was attended by about 1500 people, while 500 attended the gala dinner afterwards. The wedding progran can be viewed at the website of the Russian Legitimist. Please see the blogs Netty Royal and Royal Musings for more details.

UK: Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi

Princess Beatrice of York announced on her Twitter account on Friday 1 October 2021 that her daughter, who was born in London on 18 September 2021, has been named Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi.

While we have to wait for the parents – Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi  to explain the name choice, most observers believe Sienna is a nod to Edoardo's Italian background. According to Wikipedia, the «original usage of the name is derived from the Italian city [Siena] and may also refer to the orange-red colour of its clay rooftops burnt orange». The baby girl Sienna's second name surely is a nod to her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.

20 September 2021

UK: Princess Beatrice of York has given birth to a girl


Buckingham Palace as well as Princess Beatrice herself announced today the birth of a girl, born at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on Saturday 18 September 2021 at 23.42:

Announcement of the birth of Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's baby

Published 20 September 2021

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their daughter on Saturday 18th September 2021, at 23.42, at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London.

The baby weighs 6 pounds and 2 ounces.

The new baby’s grandparents and great-grandparents have all been informed and are delighted with the news. The family would like to thank all the staff at the hospital for their wonderful care.

Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well, and the couple are looking forward to introducing their daughter to her big brother Christopher Woolf.

The name of the baby girl, who is 11th in line of succession to the British throne, has yet to be announced. The unnamed baby is Princess Beatrice's first child, while her husband also has a son, Christopher Woolf, b. 2016, from an earlier relationship. The baby is the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York's second grandchild and the 12th great grand-child of Queen Elizabeth II.

25 August 2021

Genealogen nr. 1, 2021


Årets første utgave av Genealogen, medlemsbladet til Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening, kom ut mens jeg var på sommerferie. Nå er det på tide å gi en kort presentasjon av innholdet. 

Utgaven har en god blanding av genealogiske artikler, kildeavskrift, informasjon om genealogiske programmer og medlemsstoff:

  • Bjarne Hollund. Benkestoffer i Hordaland – Del 2, s. 4–14
  • Bjørn J. Rosenberger. Tordenstjerne nok en gang, s. 15–19.
  • Bjørn J. Rosenberger. Hustru Ingeborg Torsteinsdatter Tordenstjerne, s. 20–24.
  • Lars Ove Wangensteen. Jon Simensson Kattevøl. Valdres svar på «Don Juan», s. 25–27. Inkluderer en avskrift av Ukeblad for Lovlydighed IV. 1864–1965, s. 255.
  • Rune Nedrud. Lensregnskaper Akershus len 1597–1600, s. 28–34.
  • Lars Biberg Kristensen. WikiTree – noe for deg?, s. 35–38.
  • [Rune Nedrud.] Gramps – arbeidsgruppe starter opp i høst på Lørenskog, s. 39.
  • Lars Ove Wangensteen. Passprotokoller som kilde i slektsforskningen, s. 40–41.
  • Dag Trygsland Hoelseth. Praktverk om Heftye-slekten, s. 42–43.
  • Are S. Gustavsen. Bygdebokforfatter Terje Østro (1949–2020) – ved det endelige punktum, s. 44–47.
Foreningsstoff:
  • Årsberetning for Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening, s. 48–49.
  • Innstillinger og forslag til årsmøtet, s. 49–50.
  • Årsregnskap 2020, s. 51.
  • Revisjonsberetning, s. 52.
  • David Widerberg Howden. Hva skjer med foreningens hjemmeside?, s. 53–56.
  • Donerte bøker til NSFs bibliotek april 2019–mai 2020.
  • Slektsforskerkonferansen 2021. 15.–17. oktober på Gardermoen, s. 62–63, inkl. program s. 63.
  • Frivillige ønskes til NSF!, s. 64.
Jeg stod for korrekturen, så det er lite nytt stoff for min del. Ser at jeg har oversett en apostrof i artikkelen om Valdres' svar på «Don Juan» ... Man kan jo ikke få med seg alt, men denne burde jeg ha sett.

Mitt bidrag denne gangen var bokanmeldelsen av Rolf Erik Heftyes slektshefte Kapitalsterke innvandrere. Christianiaslekten Heftye fra 1769, utgitt privat i 2020. All ære til forfatter og medhjelpere som står bak praktverket. Dette var tredje utgave av slektsheftet. Jeg er blitt fortalt at utgaven ble tidlig utsolgt, slik at det kom ut en fjerde utgave i 2021. Bare smårusk var endret sammenlignet med den tredje utgaven. Mer informasjon om slektsheftet finner man på nettsiden heftyeslekten.no.

Jeg kommer ikke til å gå så detaljert inn på de genealogiske artiklene denne gangen, men må si at jeg ser frem til tredje del av Bjarne Hollunds artikkel om Benkestokkene. Og jeg håper at så mange som mulig kjenner sin besøkelsestid og melder seg på Slektskonferansen i oktober. Dette tror jeg blir en spennende og hyggelig helg både faglig og sosialt.

Selv om jeg kun er korrekturansvarlig for heftet og ikke har noen innflytelse på innholdet ellers, foruten mitt eget bidrag, så føler jeg det ikke som passende å kritisere arbeidet som utføres i særlig grad så lenge man er en del av redaksjonen. Men jeg drister meg likevel til å påpeke at det er vel mye luft i avslutningen av enkelte artikler, og da tenker jeg spesielt på sidene 24, 47, 61 og kanskje også side 56. Det burde vel være mulig å fylle ut sidene med smånotiser, genealogiske nyheter fra inn- og utland osv. Jeg forstår jo at redaktøren til tider sliter med stofftilgang, og noen må jo også bidra med å skrive slike smånotiser, men det hadde gitt utgaven et løft. 

Short English summary: The article covers the latest issue of Genealogen, the bi-annual newsletter of the Norwegian Genealogical Society. 

Royalty Digest Quarterly no. 2, 2021

I received my copy of Royalty Digest Quarterly no. 2, 2021 back in July, but I left on vacation just after and then I was occupied with work and therefore have not had the time to write a few lines before now. 

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died on 9 april this year, turns up in several articles in the present issue. In Ted Rosvall's Editor's Corner Philip's death is mentioned, before the editor moves on to the topic of royal centenarians. As you well know Prince Philip died just two months before he would have reached the grand age of 100, but Rosvall gives examples of other royals who did. Born royals, that is.

Then Marlene A. Eilers Koenig follows up with the article Four Sisters, Four Weddings, and yes, it is Prince Philip's sisters Margarita (1905–1981), Theodora (1906–1969), Princess Cecilé (1911–1937) and Sophie (1914–2001) she is focusing on. And of course, towards the end of the magazine, Prince Philip's death is listed in the column The World Wide Web of Royalty. Births, marriages, deaths and other events in the Royal Families of Europe. The column also covers the birth of Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor as well as news from Greece, Italy, Sweden and Württemberg.

The cover photo is from the silver wedding of Prince Heinrich XXVII Reuss j.L. (Reuss-Schleiz) (1858–1928) and his wife Elise (1864–1929) at Schloss Osterstein in Gera in 1909. This means that The House Reuss zu Schleiz (Younger Line) is the chosen topic for this issue's Family Album. This time, however, is the introduction not written by Charlotte Zeepvat as usual, but by the editor himself, Ted Rosvall, with contributions from Bearn Bilker. The album contains 50 illustrations this time (of various members as well as of  palaces besides a map, the coat of arms and various coins) and one page with genealogical tables.

Those who are interested in articles about royal graves will be delighted to know that Lucas Szkopinski has made the contribution The Bourbon Crypt at the Kostanjevica Monastery (Nova Gorica), while Ove Mogensen has returned with part IV of Tombs, Graves and Monuments in Thuringia, which deals with Saxe-Coburg and Gotha this time.

It is not very often that the magazine contains articles about non-European topics, but I appreciate it when it does. This time Stephen Bunford treats us with the article Our Hawaiian Friends. Royal connections between Britain and Hawaii. As the title suggests, it is a combination article, where Queen Victoria (1819–1901) is the main figure on the British side.

The historian and author Trond Norén Isaksen has written an insightful article titled Henri from Navarre. Prince Henrik of Denmark and the Kings Consort of Navarre. He has touched upon the subject of kings consort also earlier, and wrote a debate article on the subject in Aftenposten 10 August 2021.

If this was not enough, there are three more articles in the magazine! Charlotte Zeepvat was not behind the family album this time, but she has made great contribution with her article 'Tante Mossy'. Quen of Finland, which is about Landgravine Margarethe of Hesse-Kassel (1872–1954), née Princess of Prussia and a sister of Emperor Wilhelm II. The article title is formally correct, as Margarethe's husband, then Prince Friedrich Karl (1868–1940) was elected King of Finland by a rump parliament in 1918, but still somewhat misleading, as Friedrich Karl never accepted the offer, as he could predict the outcome of the war and that his relationship to Emperor Wilhelm would be a problem for the great powers. Friedrich Karl never set foot in Finland, but his son Wolfgang (1896-1989) did during WW2.

Not mentioned in the index, but there is a book review this time, written by Ted Rosvall. He comments on the sixth volume of Susan Symons' series of German castles and palaces, titled Schloss in Thuringia. I only own the three first volumes, so obviously I have get hold of the newer ones.

Little-known Royals? Coryne Hall this time presents Prince Nicholas of Romania (1903–1978), the fourth child of King Ferdinand of Romania (1865–1927) and his wife Queen Marie (1875–1938), née Princess of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (and Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha from 1893). Yes, I agree, Prince Nicholas certainly belongs to the group of little-known royals. 

Information about Royalty Digest Quarterly can be found at its editor's website Royalbooks.se. See earlier presentations of RDQ here. See also its Facebook page.

Funeral service for Princess Marie of Liechtenstein to take place on 28 August 2021

The Office of Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein has announced that the funeral service for Princess Marie of Liechtenstein, who died last Saturday, 21 August 2021, 81 years old, will take place in St. Florin Cathedral in Vaduz on Saturday 28 August 2021 at 2 p.m.

Funeral of H.S.H. Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein

The funeral service for HSH Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein on Saturday, 28 August at 2 p.m. is reserved for invited guests due to lack of space. However, the service will be broadcast on the national channel (TV) and www.landeskanal.li (via live stream). 

Princess Marie's coffin will according to the newspaper Liechtensteiner Vaterland be transported from Grabs in Switzerland, where she died, to the chapel at Vaduz Castle on Wednesday. On Thursday 26 August the coffin will be taken to the St. Florin Cathedral, where the late princess will lie in state. The public will be able to file past the coffin on Thursday evening from 7 until 9 and on Friday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The public also has the possibility to sign the condolence protocol.

Memorial services will also take place on Sunday 5 September 2021 and Sunday 3 October 2021 which the public can attend.

The princess will eventually be buried in the Princely Crypt (Die Fürstengruft) close to the cathedral.


© 2005 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth.

Updated on Tuesday 31 August 2021 at 09:55 (language error corrected).