7 July 2020

Princess Raiyah of Jordan and Ned Donovan married

Princess Raiyah bint Hussein of Jordan, youngest daughter of the late King Hussein II and Queen Noor, née Lisa Najeeb Halaby, married today, 7 July 2020, Faris Ned Donovan, son of the business man Patrick Donovan and the author and former actress and model Tessy Dahl.

According to Petra. Jordan News Agency, the small wedding ceremony took place in the United Kingdom, attended by Queen Noor, Jordan's ambassador to the United Kingdom, Omar Nahar, and members of the Donovan family. No further details about the location of the wedding ceremony are known at present, but I am sure they will be given later. Besides the photo in the Petra press statement, two more photos have been posted from Princess Raiyah's Twitter account. According to Princess Raiyah's tweet, the wedding was originally planned to take place in April 2020, but was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Princess Raiyah, b. 1986, is currently a PhD candidate in pre-modern Japanese literature at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), while Ned Donovan, b. 1994, is a freelance journalist. Ned's grandfather was the famous British author Roald Dahl 1916–1990), whose parents Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Dahl, née Hesselberg, originally came from Norway.

6 July 2020

Norway: Princess Ingrid Alexandra to attend Elvebakken High School

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway had her last day of lower secondary education at Uranienborg School in Oslo a couple of weeks ago. Today it was announced that the princess in the fall will start her upper secondary education at Elvebakken videregående skole (high school) in the capital.

Elvebakken is the largest and most popular high school in Oslo with 1400 students and 150 teachers.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra started at Jansløkka primary school in Asker in 2010, before continuing her education at Oslo International School at Bekkestua in Bærum in 2014. In 2019 she switched to Uranienborg School close to the Royal Palace for her last year of junior high school (lower secondary school).

Princess Ingrid Alexandra's grandfather and father have also attended high school in the capital. King Harald attended Oslo Cathedral School, while Crown Prince Haakon went to Kristelig Gymnasium (KG).

3 July 2020

Vestre gravlund (Western Cemetery), Oslo, Norway, Part IV

I paid Vestre gravlund (Western Cemetery) in Oslo a short visit on Thursday 2 July in order to fulfill a Findagrave.com photo request. I had made a long list of graves to take photos of for my last visit in April this year, but discovered after my visit that I had missed one grave. So I did «my duty» today and will upload the photo at Findagrave.com soon. The photo is not included in this short article, though. Except for the photo request I had no plan for today's visit, so there are no particular reasons behind choice of grave photos. I took some more photos that are not included here.


Squirrels are everywhere to be seen in the cemetery, but I have never managed to take a decent photo of one until today, and this little fellow was even taking a snack on top of a headstone! Grave of Kirsten Rønning (1920–2001).


Sokoloff grave.

Shetelig grave. Originally the family name was spelt Schetelig.

Borchsenius family grave. I am distantly related to the family through Sofie Cappelen (1869–1939), whose name is no. 2 from the top.


The funeral service for René «Roma» Karoli (1963–2020), a leading member of the Norwegian Roma family Karoli, who died on 21 June, took place at Vestre gravlund kapell (Western Cemetery Chapel) earlier on 2 July, followed by burial in the Karoli family grave. When I passed the grave there were still mourning family members present, so the photo of the grave is of last year. The family had rolled out a long red carpet from the chapel to the grave. Buried in the grave are Polykarp Karoli (1916–2001), his wife Lola Karoli (1918–1996), their grandson (and one of René's sons) Daimens Kaikoni (1985–2017) and now also René. Their legal names, the names in the Public Register and in the cemetery register, were Pål Karlsen, Eva Karlsen and Pål Johansen respectively. I am not sure at present wether René was legally surnamed Karoli or Karlsen. Should add that the cemetery register says that Lola was born om 27 July 1918, while the headstone says 15 January 1929. Polykarp was according to the former source born on 26 December 1916, while the headstone says 24 December.


Photos: © 2019–2020 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth.

I have called this article «Vestre gravlund (Western Cemetery), Oslo, Norway, Part IV», but I have written more articles with photos from this cemetery, but under other subject titles, so the present article could have been named «Part VIII» ... Follow the link for more details.

Updated on 3 July 2020 at 00:15 (a couple of sentences regarding Polykarp's and Lola's birth dates were added), last time on 5 July 2020 (spelling of name corrected).

1 July 2020

Princess Märtha Louise's Hankø property sold

It was confirmed today that Princess Märtha Louise holiday home Bloksberg in Fredrikstad has been sold. The property was put on the market in August 2018, but it has obviously taken some time to find the right buyer at the right price. In 2018 the property was valued at NOK 35 millions.

The selling price has not been disclosed, but will be revealed when the title deed has been registered.

The then Crown Prince Olav bought the property in 1949, as Grunnboken (the Land Registry) reveals (not in 1947, as the Norwegian newspapers claim). Bloksberg was transferred to Princess Märtha Louise in December 2001.

25 June 2020

The Korean War and Rolv Møll of Norway

Today – 25 June 2020 – marks the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War. In Oslo's main street Karl Johans gate the South Korean embassy is behind the exhibition of 24 banners thanking Norway for its contribution to the war, which mainly consisted of a field hospital called Norwegian Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (NORMASH) as part of the UN force. Norway also contributed with financial support, and established together with Denmark and Sweden the hospital National Medical Center.

The banner says «70th Anniversary of the Korean War Remembrance Solidarity Peace» and «Takk, Norge For Støtten under Koreakrigen 1950–53 Republikken Korea» («Thank you, Norway for the support during the Korean War 1950–53 The Republic of Korea»).

Karl Johans gate, Oslo.

Karl Johans gate, Oslo, with the University of Oslo's Law Faculty Library in the background, and further back the Royal Palace.



Photos: © 2020 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth.

The South Korean embassy is currently hosting a photo contest were people are encouraged to send in their best photos of themselves alongside the banners. The best photos in the categories «best quality picture», «most creative picture», «pictures in special attire», «happiest or funniest picture» or «picture showing cooperation between Korean and Norway» will win a prize from the embassy. I guess I would have to make a better effort than the ones above in order to win ...

623 Norwegian men and women served in NORMASH over seven contingents. Only 2 of them working for the hospital were killed – one was shot, the other killed in a car accident. In addition two two seamen died, one by illness while the ship «Belocean» was in harbour in Pusan, the other by drowning while the ship was in harbour in Japan. But several Norwegan-born men served in the US army. One of them was Rolv Møll, who was born in Holum, Mandal in 1926 and settled in Brooklyn, New York in May 1950. He married the Norwegian-American Rosy Reiersen (Ryerson) (1924–1976) in December 1951, four months after he had joined the US army: He was sent to Korea in April 1952, serving in the 35th Infantry Regiment (25th Infantry (Tropic Lighting) Division) and was killed on the North Korean frontline in July the same year, 26 years old. He was among others awarded the Purple Heart posthumously. I wrote a piece about Rolv in Slektshistoriewiki, the Norwegian genealogy wiki, back in 2017. So whenever I think about the Korean War, I think about Rolv, whose life was taken far too early while in the service of his adopted country.

Updated on Friday 26 June 2020 at 12.40 (typo corrected).

Royalty Digest Quarterly no 2, 2020

The latest issue of Royalty Digest Quarterly – no. 2, 2020 – has arrived, and as usual it provides plenty of quality reading. The cover is in green colour this time (what about yellow next, Mr. Editor!), and the photo is of King Alfonso XIII of Spain (1886–1941) together with his 6 surviving childen; Jaime, Maria Christina, Gonzalo, Alfonso, Beatriz and Juan. The latter was of course the father of King Juan Carlos and grandfather of the current king, Felipe VI.

Royal jewels is the topic of the first article of the present issue. The Leuchtenberg Jewels in Sweden is written by the Brazilian-born Claudia Thomé Witte, who appeared on Norwegian TV 12 days ago in a documentary on the royal jewels of Sweden. While royal jewels (tiaras etc.) are not exactly «my thing», there is no doubt that they represent important royal family history, and I admire experts like Ms. Witte who posess such a detailed knowledge. My daughter, who will turn 10 years old next month, took a great interest in the documentary, and even hushed me down when I dared to start talking. Who would have guessed that she would be interested in royal history ... It was a good article as well, although I miss a list of sources at the end.

Empress Elizabeth of Austria, Duchess in Bavaria (1837–1898), nicknamed «Sisi», still draws great interest, and there are no limits to how many different aspects of her life one can write about. In the article Imperial Bride in Vienna Elizabeth Jane Timm studies the wedding between Sisi and Emperor Franz Joseph in great deatail, including the whereabouts of her wedding dress.

The photo cover revals that the main article of this issue is the second part of The Royal House of Spain – A Family Album. A House Divided - the descendants of Carlos IV by Charlotte Zeepvat. The introduction takes the readers from King Fernando VII to King Felipe VI, and we are as usual treated by a large number of illustrations – 99 in all – the last is of King Felipe VI and his eldest daughter Leonor, Princess of Asturias. In addition there are four pages with genealogical tables.

The historian Datiu Salvia Ocaña, who resides in Barcelona, Spain, then completes the third and last part of his series The Six Stunning Infantas. The unexpexted fortune of the daughters of exiled King Miguel I of Portugal. The third part also includes notes, which also cover part I and II.

Who is the next one out in the series Little-Known Royals? Coryne Hall has this time written about Princess Maria of Italy (1914-2001), the youngest daughter of King Vittorio Emanuele III of Italy and his wife Queen Elena, née Princess of Montenegro. Princess Maria married in 1939 Prince Luigi (Louis) of Bourbon-Parma (1899–1967), the 22nd (!) child of Duke Roberto I and his 2nd wife Duchess Maria Antonia, née Princess of Portugal. They had four children. None of them made «dynastic marriages» and their children don't appear to have any titles according to An Online Gotha, but here I could be wrong. I am not talking about legal titles, of course, only titles by «a genealogical-historical definition».

And finally the column The World Wide Web of Royalty, bringing genealogical news from the European Imperial, Royal and Princely families. This time we get news from Bourbon-Parme, Greece (Brandram), Hesse, Luxembourg, Russia (Kulikovskaya), Stolberg-Roßla, Sweden (Nilert), Bourbon-Two Sicilies and Waldeck and Pyrmont.

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.

10 June 2020

Avledninger og bonus i slektsforskningen

I slektsforskningen jobber man som regel etter et bestemt mål. Man skal finne all nødvendig dokumentasjon som kan identifisere en bestemt ane eller slektning, eller man skal finne frem til de nødvendige kildene for en større krets av personer for å sette sammen en slektsoversikt i forbindelse med en bok eller artikkel. Mens man forsker, kommer man gjerne over andre interessante personer og opplysninger og så ender man opp med å titte nærmere på noe helt annet enn det man hadde planlagt i utgangspunktet. Ja, det er lett å la seg avlede. Man kan eksempelvis finne slektsforbindelser man overhodet ikke hadde forestilt seg. Om ikke «alt henger sammen med alt», så finner man ofte spennende koblinger. Andre ganger dukker opplysninger som kan være viktige for et av de mange prosjektene man holder på med, men som man ikke ventet å finne i den kilden man jobbet med. Og det er jo rett og slett det jeg vil kalle en bonus. Og ikke ufortjent med tanke på all den tiden man faktisk bruker på slektsforskningen.

I påskehelgen var familien og jeg på en liten spasertur i Frogn der vi kunne se over til Oscarsborg festning på den andre siden av fjorden. Da kom jeg til å tenke på Magnus Sødem (1897–1985), som var gift med Astrid Viseth (1905–1997), som var yngste søster til min oldemor Anne Sofie Viseth, gift Ramstad (1886–1969). Sødem ble våren 1940 kommandert til Oscarsborg, der han som sjef for hovedbatteriet spilte en sentral rolle da den tyske krysseren «Blücher» ble senket. Turen til Frogn inspirerte meg derfor til å forske på og skrive en biografi om Sødem på Slektshistoriewiki. Det ville jo uansett komme til nytte hvis jeg skulle gjøre noe mer ut av Viseth-slekten en gang i fremtiden. Den første versjonen ble publisert 13. april 2020, og siden har jeg jobbet med å gi flere detaljer om Sødems rolle 9. april 1940 og finpusse litt på slektsdelen. Jeg har besøkt og tatt bilder av graven til Magnus og Astrid Sødem på Nøtterøy kirkegård og av graven til den første kona til Magnus – Dina Margrethe – og deres felles datter Else Margaret på Ullern kirkegård i Sør-Odal. Bildene ble lagt inn artikkelen denne uken.

I går så jeg litt nærmere på morsslekten til Magnus for å avklare hvorfor moren Inga Ovidia Pedersdatter (1871–1946) var oppført med «pikenavnet» Stubberud i forbindelse med ekteskapet med Peder Mortensen Sødem (1864–1933) i 1896. Det var ikke så vanskelig å finne ut av, ettersom Ingas mor Helene Trulsdatter, f. 1843, var født og oppvokst på bruket Stubberud i Sande i Vestfold. I folketellingen 1875 bodde Helene og Inga Ovidia sammen med Helenes foreldre på Åby søndre i Sande (men Stubberud var nok den korrekte adressen), mens faren Peder Olsen oppholdt seg i Amerika. Så selv om Inga Ovidia var født på Lysakereie i Nedre Eiker, var det Stubberud hun hadde et forhold til og som hun brukte som navn. Det står en del om familien i bygdeboken for Sande på s. 290 og fremover. Der man man også lese om de nære slektsforbindelsene til folkene på gården Bonden, deriblant «mellom Bonden». Noen av disse Bonden-folka havnet i Sandefjord og Sandar, og en av etterkommerne var en god venn av min farfar, Arne Hoelseth (1916–2007). En annen etterkommer er i vennekretsen til min kone og meg, og er altså i slekt med Sødem. Selv om jeg visste at Bonden-slekten var fra Sande opprinnelig var ikke dette en slektsforbindelse jeg hadde tenkt på.

Leser man mer om Stubberud-slekten, finner man også at Inga Ovidia hadde en kusine ved navn Olava Diderikke Stubberud (1876–1962), og hun har jeg faktisk vært borti før, ettersom hun i 1909 fikk sønnen Henry Odvar med Henry Conrad Rosenbaum (1878–1949). Dog med et visst forbehold, da fødselsregistreringen til Henry Odvar ennå ikke er funnet. Men det kan ikke ha vært noen annen kandidat med tanke på navn m.m. Henry Conrads tre sønner født i ekteskapet med Harriet (1881–1965) tok i januar 1939 slektsnavnet Rogg, og jeg omtalte navnebevillingen og slektskretsen i artiklene «Brødrene Rosenbaum som tok slektsnavnet Rogg» og «Mer om Rosenbaum og Rogg» i hhv. Genealogen nr. 1 og 2, 2017. Olava Diderikke ble nærmere bestemt omtalt på side 54 i nr. 1 og s. 49–50 i nr. 2.

Og hvor kommer så bonusen inn? Jo, i 2017 forsøkte jeg altså å finne Henry Odvars dåp ved å gjennomgå alle dåpsprotokollene for Kristiania i 1909 og 1910. Jeg fant ham aldri, men i stedet dukket min oldefar Oscar Marthin Hoelseth (1884–1954) opp som far til en gutt født utenfor ekteskap i 1910. Dette var 4 år før Oscar giftet seg med oldemor Astrid Mathea Strand (1893–1973). «Sjokket» skyldtes selvsagt ikke det utenomekteskapelige forholdet, men selve funnet. Ingen i familien min hadde hørt noe om denne gutten før! Han brukte morens pikenavn som etternavn, noe som forklarer at han ikke har dukket opp i søk på Hoelseth-navnet. Ettersom han var født i 1910 noen år før utenomekteskapelige barn fikk arverett, dukket han heller ikke opp i skiftet etter Oscar. Jeg har selvsagt brukt mye tid på å forske på gutten – som altså var min grandonkel – og etterslekten hans. Dette vil jeg selvsagt gi mer detaljer om når jeg en eller annen gang får skrevet en artikkel om Hoelseth-slekten. Men ville jeg noen gang ha gjort dette funnet hvis det ikke hadde vært for min interesse for slektsnavn og navnebevillinger i særdeleshet? Man skal ha litt flaks i slektsforskningen! Og som sagt, når man legger ned så mye tid og krefter på å forske på egne og andres slekter så fortjener man en bonus en gang i blant!