17 April 2021

UK: The Royal Family took farewell with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The funeral service for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died on 9 April 2021, 99 years old, took place in St. George's Chapel at Windsor today, 17 April 2021.

The funeral procession, which started at 2.50 p.m. local time, took place from the State Entrance to the chapel. The coffin of the duke was carried by a customised Land Rover. Behind it walked members of the royal family – the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips, the Duke of Sussex, Tim Laurence and the Earl of Snowdon – while other members had driven to the chapel by car in advance. More details can be read at the official website.

Due to the pandemic and Covid-19 protocol, only 30 people were allowed to attend the funeral service. These were:

  • HM The Queen (Queen Elizabeth II)
  • HRH The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles)
  • HRH The Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla)
  • HRH The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William)
  • HRH The Duchess of Cambridge (Catherine) 
  • HRH The Duke of Sussex (Prince Harry)
  • HRH The Duke of York
  • HRH Princess Beatrice of York
  • Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (husband of the former)
  • HRH Princess Eugenie of York
  • Jack Brooksbank (husband of the former)
  • HRH The Earl of Wessex (Prince Edward)
  • HRH The Countess of Wessex (Sophie)
  • Lady Louise Windsor
  • James, Viscount Severn
  • HRH The Princess Royal (Princess Anne)
  • Tim Laurence
  • Peter Phillips
  • Zara Tindall
  • Mike Tindall
  • The Earl of Snowdon (David Armstrong-Jones, son of the late Princess Margaret)
  • Lady Sarah Chatto (daughter of the late Princess Margaret)
  • Daniel Chatto
  • HRH The Duke of Gloucester (cousin of the Queen)
  • HRH The Duke of Kent (cousin of the Queen)
  • HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy
  • HGDH The Hereditary Prince of Baden (Hereditary Prince Bernhard)
  • HRH The Landgrave of Hesse (Landgrave Donatus)
  • HRH The Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (Prince Philipp)
  • Countess Mountbatten of Burma (Penelope Knatchbull)
In other words – besides the widow the serivice were for the most part attended by children, children-in-law, grandchildren and their children – as well as a few other relatives. The Duchess of Sussex decided to remain in Los Angeles on advice of her doctor. The Hereditary Prince of Baden, the Landgrave of Hesse and the Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg represented the sisters of Prince Philip, while the Countess Mountbatten of Burma was a good friend and married to Norton Knatchbull, the 3rd Eaarl Mountbatten of Burma, a relative on his mother's side.

The funeral was a so-called «Ceremonial Royal Funeral», the same as that of the Queen Mother in 2002. The Dean of Windsor, David Conner, conducted the service, while the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, pronounced the blessing. The full Order of Service can be viewed here.

The congregation wore masks for the service and the members of the royal family wore day dress or morning coat with medals.

As described by the official website, due to the public health guidelines, some of the funeral plan had been modified, «although the day was still be very much in line with His Royal Highness’s wishes». He had himself decided on the hymns and other music and that there should be no sermon. All in all it was a simple and beautiful service. What I will remember first of all is the sight of the queen, sitting all by herself in the choir , due to the health guidelines no-one could sit close to her and comfort her ...

The coffin was lowered into the royal vault at the end of the service. After the archbishop had pronounced the blessings and the national anthem was sung by the choir, the members of the royal family and members of the Duke of Edinburgh's family left the chapel via Galilee Porch.  

The funeral was televised. The broadcast started already two hours before the service here in Norway. The historian Trond Norén Isaksen was one of the commentators on TV2.

11 April 2021

UK: Record of Prince Philip's birth at Corfu

The Mail on Sunday has taken the trouble of locating the church book in which the then Prince Philip of Greece's birth and christening was recorded. [External link]

Prince Philip was born at the royal estate of Mon Repos on 10 June 1921 (28 May in the old Julian calendar) and baptized in the Church of Our Christ the Saviour,

The record is dated 24 October 1921 (i.e. 14 November 1921, Gregorian calendar).

UK: Prince Philip's funeral set to Saturday 17 April 2021

Yesterday, just as I had finished writing a piece about Prince Philip, who died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April 2021, 99 years old, Buckingham Palace released details about the funeral service:

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 3pm in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at three o’clock. The service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. 

The plans for the funeral are in line with The Duke of Edinburgh's own personal wishes, and the occasion will recognise and celebrate The Duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth. 

It will be a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the same as for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, rather than a State Funeral – something which is generally reserved for Monarchs. The plans have been approved by The Queen and reflect appropriate Government advice.

See the link above for more details. The funeral will, as the current Covid-19 protocol stipulates, be attended by only 30 members of the royal family. This includes the Duke of Sussex, who will be flying over from Los Angeles, while his pregnant wife will remain, allegedly on advice by her doctor. The funeral service will be televised.

10 April 2021

UK: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921–2021)

Buckingham Palace announced on Friday 9 April 2021 the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II:

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

Further announcements will be made in due course.  

The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.   

Prince Philip (Filippos), who died two months short of his 100th birthday, was born on at Corfu in Greece on 10 June 1921 as the fifth and youngest child and only son of Prince Andreas of Greece (1882–1944) and Princess Alice, née Princess of Battenberg (1885–1969). In 1922 the family was forced into excile and Prince Philip grew up in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. After leaving Gordonstoun School in Scotland in 1939 he joined the British Royakl Navy and served in the British forces during WW2. In 1947 Prince Philip was naturalized as a British subject, he abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles (there is till a question mark on how this was made legal in Greece and Denmark) and took the surname Mountbatten (an Anglization of his mother's Battenberg family name). On 20 November 1947 in Westminster Abbey, London he married Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom. from 1952 Queen Elizabeth II, eldest daughter of King George VII (1895–1952) and Queen Elizabeth, née Bowes-Lyon (1900–2002). He received the style Royal Highness and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. In 1957 he was created Prince of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Prince Philip left behind his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth II, his four children Charles (the Prince of Wales), Anne (the Princess Royal), Andrew (the Duke of York) and Edward (the Earl of Wessex), 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. His titles Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich were upon his death inherited by the Prince of Wales in accordance with the Letters Patent of 1947). See my blog article of 10 March 2019 for details of the title Duke of Edinburgh, which in due time will be bestowed on the Earl of Wessex.

Prince Philip's death didn't come as a big surprise, as he looked very frail when he left hospital last month. But I kind of expected that he would at least say on and have his big day on 10 June when he was to turn 100. But unfortunately we lost him yesterday. It is almost impossible to write a blog article which gives justice to such a grand man, who was the longest-serving consort of a British monarch. He dedicated his life to the British Crown and people. When he decided to retire from public life in 2017, we learnt that he had carried out 22,191 solo engagements since 1952. The number speaks volumes. He will perhaps first of all be remembered for his supporting role to Queen Elizabeth. As the Queen said herself during the celebrations of the couple's golden anniversary in 1997: «He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and manybother countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.»

We will remember his smile and sparkle in the eye and all his witty remarks. Yes, he crossed the line a few times, he was far from perfect, but he was first of all a funny and generous man who will be sadly missed by his family and by everyone who cares about the British royal family and monarchy.


Gun salutes have been fired across the United Kingdom and in Gibraltar at noon today marking the death of Prince Philip. The British always do it proplerly, as described in The Telegraph: «Saluting batteries began firing 41 rounds at one round every minute from midday on Saturday in cities including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, as well from Royal Navy warships.»


Current and former heads of state, other diginitaries and politicians all over the world have expressed their condolences following the news of Prince Philip's death. The statement at the website of the Norwegian Royal Family said yesterday:

The Duke of Edinburgh

The Royal Family has received the news that His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has passed away with great sorrow.

“Our thoughts are with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of her family. We also send our condolences to the British people,” said His Majesty King Harald.

His Majesty has decided that a flag will be flown at half-mast from the Palace balcony today and on the day of the funeral.

Following the death of HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh HM The King has made a statement:

The Queen and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip has been a great friend of our family for many years, a relation which we have deeply valued.

His service to his country will remain an inspiration to us all.

We offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, The Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom.


The Queen of Denmark has also sent her condolences to Queen Elizabeth. The head of the Serbian Royal Family, Crown Prince Alexander, has paid the following tributes:

Their Royal Highnesses saddened by the passing of Prince Philip

TRH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine and the entire Royal Family received with great sadness the news that HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, godmother of the Crown Prince, passed away today.

The whole life of Prince Philip was dedicated to the service of the British Crown and the people. He is survived by his wife, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, four children, eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Prince Philip was the son of the Greek and Danish Prince Andrew, the brother of the Greek King Constantine, the maternal great-grandfather of the Crown Prince Alexander.

Crown Prince Alexander and the Royal Family had a good cousin, a sincere friend in the late Duke, whose memory will live forever. His departure will create a great void in the hearts of all who knew him.
The British Prime minister, Boris Johnson, gave a televised statement which can be read here. He said among others that «Prince Philip earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth and around the world.» 

The prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, expressed among others: «A man of great service to others – first as a decorated naval officer and later as a dedicated leader in the areas of community engagement and philanthropy – the Duke always sought out the best in people and challenged them to strive for greater heights.» 

Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison said: «Your Majesty, here in Australia, and indeed across the world, your Commonwealth family joins in your sorrow and your mourning and that of your family. But also, we give thanks for the life of who you described as your strength and your stay. Your Prince, Prince Philip. Husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. The Duke's life was one of duty and of service, of loyalty and of honour. Memories of him will of course tell stories of his candour, and a unique and forceful and authentic personality. But above all, he was a man who was steadfast, who could be relied upon, always standing by his Queen.»

President Joe Biden gave the following statement:
On behalf of all the people of the United States, we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the entire Royal Family, and all the people of the United Kingdom on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly. From his service during World War II, to his 73 years alongside the Queen, and his entire life in the public eye — Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth, and to his family. The impact of his decades of devoted public service is evident in the worthy causes he lifted up as patron, in the environmental efforts he championed, in the members of the Armed Forces that he supported, in the young people he inspired, and so much more. His legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped.

Jill and I are keeping the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in our hearts during this time.
Every living former US presidents have also expressed their condolences, as summed up on the website of BBC News.

Selected obituaries

Details of Prince Philip's funeral have yet to be published. According to his own wishes, it will be a relatively low-key service at the St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Covid-19 restrictions will also hae an impact on the service and the number of people attending will be smaller than originally planned. The prince will first be interred in the royal family vault beneath the chapel, and then later be transferred to the King George VI Memorial Chapel following the death of the queen.

Updated on Thursday 15 April 2021 at 20:15 (more precise details concerning Prince Philip's interment added).

Norway: King Harald resumes his constitutional duties

The Norwegian Royal Court announced today that King Harald will resume his constitutional duties on Monday 12 April 2021 following the expiration of his sick leave.

The king was operated for a torn tendon above his knee on 30 January 2021 and has been on sick leave ever since. Crown Prince Haakon has served as Regent in the meantime.

6 April 2021

Luxembourg: Prince Louis engaged to marry Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue

The Grand-Ducal Court of Luxembourg announced today the engagement between Prince Louis, b. 1986, the third son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, and Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue, b. 1991, the second child of Pierre Sirgue and Scarlett Berrebi.

Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue was born in Bordaux, France on 8 August 1991. She has lived in Cap Ferret, Bordaux, Switzerland, London and Paris and today works as a lawyer in the family law firm, which has offices in both Bordaux and Paris, and specializes in labour law, family law and personal injury law. Ms. Sirgue was admitted to the Paris Bar 23 years old and took the oath when she was 25. Prince Louis works for the same company. Ms. Sirgue has two siblings – Elisabeth Defforey, who is 34 years old, and Archibald Sirgue, who is 27.

Prince Louis was previously married (from 2006 to 2019, separated in 2017) to Tessy Antony (now Tessy Antony-De Nassau) and has two children by her, Prince Gabriel of Nassau, b. 2006, and Prince Noah of Nassau, b. 2007. Tessy's engagement to the Swizz businessman Frank Floessel was announced in December 2020. In February 2021 it was revealed that the couple is expecting their first baby together.

Lorentzen grave, Asker kirkegård, Norway

© 2021 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth.

Yesterday on my way home from Easter vacation at Blefjell I made a short stop at Asker kirkegård (Asker Cemetery) in order to take new photos of the Lorentzen grave after the burial of Erling Lorentzen on 22 March. Erling Lorentzen, the widower of Princess Ragnhild, died on 9 March 2021 and was buried next to his wife.

I hadn't visited this cemetery since the summer of 2013 when I among others took photographs of Princess Ragnhild Mrs. Lorentzen's grave following her death and burial the previous year.

Back in 2013 I promised to return with a blog article on other graves in the cemetery, and one of these days I hope to fulfill the promise ... 

28 March 2021

Sweden: Prince Julian Herbert Folke, Duke of Halland

The Marshal of the Realm announced earlier today that the King in the Council of State held at the Royal Palace in Stockholm had announced the name and ducal title of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's third son, who was born on Friday 26 March:

Prince Julian Herbert Folke, Duke of Halland

The call name will be Julian. I was not too surprised that Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia didn't land on a more traditional royal name. When you get so far down in the line of succession you obviously have more freedom. Personally I think the name goes well Julian with Alexander and Gabriel. It is not among the most popular names in Sweden. Julian was no. 77 in the list of male names chosen for babies born in 2020, down from no. 74 in 2019. Folke was no. 83, while Herbert was not in the top 100 list at all.

All in all, as of 31 December 2020 there are 4444 men who have the name Julian in Sweden, while 3060 of them have Julian as their call name, i.e. the name in daily use. Julian is also a female name - in 2020 there were 22 of them, while 17 had Julian as their call name. And there are 6 people who has Julian as their surname. What about Herbert and Folke? The numbers are 5484 (623) named Herbert and 17388 (3809) named Folke with the call name in parentesis.

The genealogist and author Ted Rosvall has in a message in the Facebook group Royalty Digest Quarterly pointed out that Herbert is the second name of Princess Sofia's maternal grandfather Janne Herbert Ribbe Rotman (1934–1996), so that could be an explanation for the name. See my previous blog article on Princess Sofia's ancestry for more details. 

The third name Folke is easier to explain, as it is the third name of Prince Julian's grandfather King Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus. The king was named after the diplomat Folke Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg (1895–1948).

Prince Carl Philip's great uncle Prince Bertil (1912–1997) was Duke of Halland, and as Prince Carl Philip and his family are now residing in Prince Bertil's old home at Djurgården in Stockholm, Halland is a good choice.

Prince Julian was the first member of the family to be born after the King in 2019 decided to «downsize» the Swedish Royal House, meaning that Prince Julian is not a member of the Swedish Royal House, only a member of the Royal Family. 

The now 2-days-old prince was born as no. 7 in the line of succession to the Swedish throne. The complete line is now as follows:

  1. HRH Crown Princess Victoria (b. 1977)
  2. HRH Princess Estelle (b. 2012)
  3. HRH Prince Oscar (b. 2016)
  4. HRH Prince Carl Philip (b. 1979)
  5. Prince Alexander (b. 2016)
  6. Prince Gabriel (b. 2017)
  7. Prince Julian (b. 2021)
  8. HRH Princess Madeleine (b. 1982)
  9. Princess Leonore (b. 2014)
  10. Prince Nicolas (b. 2015)
  11. Princess Adrienne (b. 2018)

27 March 2021

A royal birth in Sweden ... and a birth in England too!

The Marshal of the Realm announced on Friday 26 March 2021 the birth of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden's third child, a boy:

The Office of The Marshal of the Realm is delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia gave birth to a healthy boy on Friday the 26th March 2021 at 11.19 a.m. at Danderyd Hospital.

Both mother and child are in good health.

Fredrik Wersäll

Marshal of the Realm

The pregnancy was announced on 11 December 2020. The little prince, who is the 8th grandchild of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, entered the world as no. 7 in the line of succession to the Swedish throne. Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's other  childen are Prince Alexander, born in 2016, and Prince Gabriel, born in 2017. The royal birth was marked by a salute with 21 shots at noon today.

The King's decision in 2019 to «downsize» the Swedish Royal House means that the newborn boy will not be styled Royal Highness. A Council of State will be held at The Royal Palace in Stockholm on Sunday 28 March 2021 in which the name and ducal title will be revealed. One the same day there will also be a church service – a Te Deum – in connection with Princess Sofia's delivery.

Zara Tindall, wife of Mike Tindall and daughter of the Princess Royal (Princess Anne of the United Kingdom), gave birth to her third child, a boy, on Sunday 21 March 2021. The boy arrived so quickly that he was deliveded at home on the bathroom floor. The Tindall family's home is at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, England. The boy, who is no. 22 in the line of succession to the British throne, has received the name Lucas Philip Tindall. The second name Philip was obviously chosen in honour of Mike's father and Zara's grandfather. Zara and Mike Tindall's other children are Mia, born in 2014, and Lena, born in 2018. The baby is Princesse Anne's fifth grandchild and Queen Elizabeth's 10th great-grandchild.

I had intended to write about the birth in England earlier, but I am just too busy at work these days due to the pandemic. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to follow up with a blog article after the Council of State in Sweden. 

22 March 2021

Funeral service for Erling Sven Lorentzen

The funeral service for the industrialist Erling Sven Lorentzen, widower of Princess Ragnhild, took place today at Asker Church at noon. Lorentzen died on 9 March 2021, 98 years old. Asker church is where Erling Lorentzen married Princess Ragnhild in 1953.

Due to the pandemic, the number of people attending the funeral was limited to 30 only. From the Norwegian royal family came King Harald, who still is on sick leave following his operation in January, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Märtha Louise and Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner. All the Ferner children were also present.

Erling Lorentzen's eldest son Haakon Lorentzen and his family decided not to travel from Brazil because  the situation there due to the pandemic is so bad at the moment. They had to follow the service on Internet instead. Lorentzen's daughters Ingeborg Lorentzen Ribeiro and Ragnhild Lorentzen Long and their husbands Paulo Ribeiro and Aaron Long have lived in Norweay since last year and could therefore attend. In addition, Ingeborg's daughter Victoria, her husband Felipe Falcão and their son Frederik had travelled from London to say their last farewell. There were also other members of the Lorentzen family present, in addition to Lorentzen's partner Ebba Løvenskiold, Princess Ragnhild's close friend Bitten Giæver-Krogh, who was Ragnhild's maid-of-honor at the wedding in 1953 and Erling Lorentzen's secretary Randi Færden. The only representative of the official Norway was Chief of Defence Eirik Kristoffersen, who held a speech in English where he among others talked about Lorentzen's war effort.

Anne Netland, who is Sjømannskirken - Norwegian Church Abroad's ambulatory pastor in Latin America and knows the Lorentzen family well from her time in Branzil, officiated the service. She spoke both Norwegian and Portugese during the service. As Haakon Lorentzen was absent, his speech was read by his cousin Einar Lie, son of Ingjerd Ragna Lie, née Lorentzen (1914–1999) and Ragnar Holm Lie (1912–1997). Brazil's Ambassador to Norway,  George Monteiro Prata, was meant to attend, but was in quarentine, so his speech was read in Portuguese by Lorentzen's son-in-law, Paulo Ribeiro. Ribeiro also said a few words on his on behalf, this time in Norwegian. 

After the service, the coffin, which was draped in the national flags of Norway and Brazil, were carried out to the grave by Aaron Long, Felipe Falcão, Einar Lie, Jan Lorentzen, Crown Prince Haakon and Alexander Ferner. Erling Lorentzen was then laid to rest next to the grave of Princess Ragnhild, who died in 2012. The headstone had been made ready in advance with Erling S. Lorentzen's name, date of birth and date of death inscribed.

The funeral service was broadcast on the Norwegian TV2 with Trond Norén Isaksen as commentator and who as always did an excellent job.

13 March 2021

King Harald's sick leave extended once again

The Norwegian Royal Court announced on Friday 12 March 2021 that King Harald of Norway's sick leave, which was meant to expire on Monday 15 March, has been extended until 11 April 2021. When King Harald was operated for a torn tendon above his knee on 30 January, the public was informed that the king was expected to return to duty on 15 February, but on 12 Febryary we were told that the sick leave had been extended to 15 March. King Harald is making progress and will continue his training and receiving physiotherapy.

In the meantime Crown Prince Haakon will continue to serve as regent.

11 March 2021

Funeral service for Erling Sven Lorentzen

The death announcement for Erling Sven Lorentzen, who died on 9 March 2021, 98 years old, was published in Aftenposten and Vareminnesider.no today. The announcement was signed by Lorentzen's 3 children, their spouses, his six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

© 2013 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth.

The funeral service for the industrialist Erling Sven Lorentzen, who was married to Princess Ragnhild from 1953 until her death in 2012, will take place at Asker Church on Monday 22 March 2021 at noon. Only those invited will be allowed to attend. Others will be able to watch the broadcast via Erling Lorentzen's memorial page at Jolstad.no. Lorentzen will be interred next to his wife at Asker kirkegård (Asker Cemetery).

9 March 2021

Erling Sven Lorentzen (1923–2021)

The Norwegian Royal Court announced today the death of the shipowner, industralist and war hero Erling Sven Lorentzen, widower of Princess Ragnhild and brother-in-law of King Harald V. Erling Lorentzen died in Oslo at 01.30 a.m. on Tuesday 9 March 2021, 98 years old, after a short period of illness.

The king's condolences on behalf of the royal family: «It is with great sorrow we have received the sad message that Erling Sven Lorentzen has passed away. Our thoughts go to his closest ones, who have lost a good father, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather.»

Erling Sven Lorentzen was born at Huseby in Aker (now part of Oslo) on 28 January 1923 as the youngest of six children of the shipowner Øivind Lorentzen, Holmestrand (1881–1980) and Ragna Nilsen, Hamar (1885–1976). During the war he joined the so-called «Kompani Linge» («The Linge Company», i.e. the Norwegian Independent Company 1 (NOR.I.C.1), a British SOE group formed by Norwegian volunteers) in Scotland where he received military training before becoming regional commanding officer in Hallingdal in 1944. When the royal family returned from exile following the end of the war in 1945, Lorentzen served as one of their bodyguards. He met and fell in love with the the Crown Prince Olav's eldest daughter Ragnhild, who was 15 years old at the time. They corresponded while Erling studied at Harvard Business School. The couple was finally allowed to marry in 1953.

After the wedding in Asker Church on 15 May 1953 the couple settled in Brazil where Lorentzen became a successful business man. In the first years he owned a gas distribution company, before he went into the cellulose business, owning a large share of Aracruz Celulose S.A. and working as its executive chairman for many years.

Erling Lorentzen and Princess Ragnhild had 3 children – Haakon, Ingeborg and Ragnhild – as well as 6 grandchildren. Princess Ragnhild died in 2012 and was buried at Asker Cemetery, where it is also expected that Lorentzen will be laid at rest. After her death Lorentzen continued to live in Brazil, but usually spent the summers in Norway, either at his summer place at Ostøya in Bærum or at his childhood home in Husebyveien in Oslo. The last fall and winter was spent in Oslo. He was an active and vital man to the last. As late as in December 2020 he strongly critizised the TV series «Atlantic Crossing» in a letter to the editor of Aftenposten.

I never met Erling Lorentzen, but exchanged a few e-mails over the years, and he was always forthcoming when I asked for assistance to my genealogy inquiries. He had lived a long and rich life and one should of course not be too surprised when he passed away at the age of 98. Still, I had somehow expected that he would at least turn 100, as he said himself that he aimed for! His father was 99 years old when he died, and his elder brother Øivind Lorentzen, Jr. died in March 2020, 101 years old. 

The Norwegian Minister of Defence, Frank Bakke-Jensen, said today: «One of our last war heroes from WW2 has passed away. His war effort, his will to defend his country and his imparting of knowledge to the younger generations will stand as a monument.»

20 February 2021

UK: Name of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's son has been announced

Buckingham Palace issued the following statement through social media today concerning the name of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank's child:

Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank have announced that they have named their son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank. 

The couple have been touched by the well wishes they have received on the birth of their first child, and are delighted to share this first photo as a family.

The photo can be viewed by following the link above.

Baby boy August Brooksbank was born at the Portland Hospital in London on 9 February 2021. The name August might come as a surprise, but not the second given name Philip after his great-grandfather. According to Peerage News, the name Hawke is from the Brooksbank family. It should be added that there are quite a few members of the British royal family named Augustus throughout history, and I guess that could be one explanation? The other would of course be that the parents just happen to like the name!

Postscript 20 February 2021 at 5.55 p.m.): Princess Eugenie has been quoted as writing that her son was named after «both of his great x5 grandfathers», i.e. Rev. Edward Hawke Brooksbank, as mentioned by Peerage News, see link above, and Prince Albert (Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel), husband of Queen Victoria. It seems that the quote was posted on Princess Eugenie's Instagram account as an «Instagram Story». I have seen the quote, but have no idea how to make a link to it. However, a screenshot has been published at among others  Gert's Royals' Twitter account

Updated on 20 February 2021 at 5.55 p.m. (postscript added).

UK: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be returning as working members of the royal family

Buckingham Palace issued the following statement yesterday, 19 February 2021:

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family. 

Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service. The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family. 

While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.

In a note to the editors, Buckingham Palace added that 

Following The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step away last year as working members of The Royal Family, a 12-month review was agreed. A decision has now been made after conversations between The Duke of Sussex and Members of The Royal Family. The military, Commonwealth and Charitable associations which will revert to The Queen are:

    The Royal Marines, RAF Honington, Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving.

    The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, The Rugby Football Union, The Rugby Football  League, The Royal National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.

The decision to step back as senior members of the British royal family was announced on 8 January 2020. Yesterday's statement informing the public that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who currently live in Los Angeles, USA, will not be returning as working members did not come as a surprise to anyone who has followed the developments during the last year. I still feel sad about the decision, but I both respect it and understand it well. It should be added, as Michael Rhodes of Peerage News has pointed out, we will most likely still on various occasions be seeing the Duke of Sussex in uniform. He can not wear those uniforms of the regiments of which he was honorary colonel or captain general, but he will retain the right to wear those of the regiments in which he served. 

Last Sunday (Valentine's Day) it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their second child later this year. Their first child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, was born on 6 May 2019.

12 February 2021

Norway: King Harald's sick leave extended

The Norwegian Royal Court announced today that King Harald's sick leave has been extended to 14 March 2021. The king was expexted to resume his duties on Monday 15 February, but his medical team has recommended further rehabilitation before he gets back to work. The king was operated for a torn tendon above his knee on 30 January.

King Harald is currently staying at the Royal Lodge at Voksenkollen where he will continue to receive physiotherapy. Crown Prince Haakon will in other words remain Regent until 14 March 2021. 

9 February 2021

UK: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's first child

In the early evening today Buckingham Palace announced the birth of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank's first child:

Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie was safely delivered of a son today, 9th February 2021, at 0855hrs at The Portland Hospital. Jack Brooksbank was present.

The baby weighs 8lbs 1oz.

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank have been informed and are delighted with the news.

This is Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s first child, The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York’s first grandchild, and the ninth great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.

The baby boy, whose name has yet to be announced, entered the world as no. 11 in the line of succession to the British throne.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank were married at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on 12 October 2018.

30 January 2021

Norway: King Harald admitted to hospital

The Norwegian Royal Court announced on Thursday 28 January that King Harald was put on sick leave for the remaining days of the week due to pain in his leg. This meant that Crown Prince Haakon had to take over his father's duties and thus presided over the Council of State at the Royal Palace on Friday at 11 a.m.

The court followed up later on Friday 29 January by informing that the king was admitted to the National Hospital (Rikshospitalet) in order to have surgery in the morning of Saturday 30 January. The king was operated for a torn tendon above his knee. The operation has been described as successful.

The king is expected to return from his sick leave on Monday 15 February 2021.

20 January 2021

King Harald V of Norway's congratulations to President Biden

King Harald of Norway has offered his congratulations to President Joe Biden on the occasion of his inauguration today:


The Honorable
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.
President of the United States of America
The White House
Washington D.C.

Your Excellency,

On the occasion of your inauguration as President of the United States of America, I wish to extend my warmest congratulations and my best wishes to you personally and to your family, and my hopes for the welfare and prosperity of the American people.

Harald R

Joe Biden took the oath just before noon today local time and became the 46th President of the United States, while Kamala Harris became the 49th Vice President.

13 January 2021

Norway: King Harald, Queen Sonja and Princess Astrid vaccinated against Covid-19

The Norwegian Royal Court announced in the afternoon today that King Harald and Queen Sonja were vaccinated against covid-19 earlier in the day. Their Majesties will receive the next vaccine in 3 weeks. NRK.no quoted assistant information director Sven Gjeruldsen as saying that the king and queen were in the risk group and that they were vaccinated following advice from the doctors and health authorities. Also King Harald's elder sister Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner received her first shot today.

At a press conference today the Minister of Health and Care Services, Bent Høie, stated that he was pleased that the king and queen had received the vaccine. Obviously an exception was made for Their Majesties, as they are only in the third priority group. Høie said: «– The Government has offered the royal family vaccination due to their role. We are pleased that they accepted the offer, that our royal couple today has got the first vaccination dose. This I think the Norwegian people will show an understanding for, and it was also something the government has offered the royal house.»

On Dagbladet's question on what it would take for individuals to get an exception from the ordinary order of vaccination, Høie answered: «– The fact that they are in the royal house, and it is not many people who are, but I think the Norwegian people will show an understanding for it. We have persons in the royal family who belong to a high risk group among others because of their age, so it is important, Høie explained.»

For the record, King Harald and Queen Sonja, both 83, belong to the royal house, while Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner, 88, is a member of the royal family. There will always be people who will complain about the royals receiving privileges, but if the various comments made in the social media today should be regarded as representative, the vast majority seem to accept the reasons why an exception was made.

Other royals who have been vaccinated are Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of the United Kingdom.

10 January 2021

Gjallarhorn nr. 67 - 34. årgang - desember 2020

Siste utgave av Gjallarhorn (nr. 67, desember 2020), medlemsbladet til Vestfold Slektshistorielag og Buskerud Slektshistorielag, kom i posten denne uken. Jeg har ikke kommentert noen utgave av Gjallarhorn siden nr. 62 (juli 2018), men herværende utgave har jeg veldig lyst til å skrive noe om. Så får vi se om jeg kan være flinkere til å kommentere fremtidige utgaver. 

Jeg er medlem av Vestfold Slektshistorielag blant annet fordi jeg er oppvokst i Sandefjord og har dessuten aner fra Sandefjord, Stokke, Tjølling, Hedrum og Andebu, men jeg kan ikke si at jeg har gjort så mye med vestfoldanene mine, først og fremst fordi jeg har jobbet mest med å kartlegge slekt med utgangspunkt i en av anene og så ta for meg etterkommerne, så anetavlen min på hjemmesiden ser veldig spinkel ut. Jeg har forsket frem mer av anene mine enn det som står der, men jeg klarer aldri å ta meg tilstrekkelig tid til å oppdatere siden.

Jeg kunne også ha vært medlem av Buskerud Slektshistorielag, da jeg har aner blant annet fra Modum, men det er jo grenser for hvor mange slektshistorielag (og historielag!) man kan være medlem av. Her til lands er jeg medlem av Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening, Sør-Østerdal Slektshistorielag og Vestfold Slektshistorielag. Dessuten er jeg medlem av Marnardal Historielag, Sandar Historielag og Norsk Heraldisk Forening (genealogi og heraldikk går hånd i hånd, tross alt). Jeg burde kanskje også ha vært medlem av Ørskog Historielag på grunn av mine aner derfra, men som sagt, det er grenser for hvor mange kontingenter man skal ta seg råd til å betale i året.

Uansett, jeg har kost meg med utgave nr. 67 av Gjallarhorn. Her er innholdsfortegnelsen:

  • Innkalling til årsmøter i BSHL og VSHL, s. 4
  • Egil Theie: Folketellingen 1920, s. 5
  • Torgrim Redalen: Foreløpig prosjektrapport nr. 2. Nov. 2020, s. 6–10 og 52 (baksiden)
  • Torbjørn Steen-Karlsen: Dyre Sevaldsens etterkommere i Vestfold, del 2: Mari Vemundsdatter Stangebys etterslekt, s. 11–19
  • John Harry Eriksen: Etterkommere etter Finner fra "Finnemarka" i Modum, s. 20–35
  • Kristian Hunskaar: Brunlanes-lensmannen Antonius Jansens slektskrets, s. 36–49
  • John Harry Eriksen: Øivind Georg Røsdærn [1945–2020] er død, s. 50
Jeg har lagt til Røsdærns fødselsår og dødsår i klammer.

Første del av Steen-Karlsens artikkel om Dyre Sevaldsens etterkommere i Vestfold stod på trykk i Gjallarhorn nr. 64, s. 10–17. Artikkelen har fortløpende fotnoter, blant annet med henvisninger til annen litteratur, skifteprotokoller, skattelister m.m. Jeg antar at han har brukt flere kilder, som kirkebøker, men at ikke alt av plasshensyn er tatt med her. Artikkelforfatteren kunne nok ha spandert en liten kildeoversikt til slutt også. Men det virker som et solid stykke arbeide.

Mens Steen-Karlsen har skrevet en innledning til slektsoversikten, går John Harry Eriksen rett løs på første generasjon i sin artikkel Etterkommere etter Finner fra "Finnemarka" i Modum. Det tas utgangspunkt i Gunder Jensen, født i Hedmark, død 1711 i Glitre. «Var nok av finneslekt fra Solør», får vi vite, uten at det er nærmere begrunnet. Men kona Karen Olsdatter, født 1651 «i Finnland», død 1726 i Bottegården, Modum, stod oppført i finnemanntallet, så at det er snakk om skogfinneslekt er det vel ingen tvil om, men det er bare Karen som kan anses som et sikkert utgangspunkt. Slektsoversikten går nesten helt opp «til vår tid», der den siste personen som er nevnt (side 35) er født i 1939 og fortsatt lever. Redaktør Egil Theie har i en fotnote lagt til at «Ytterligere ledd er utelatt av redaktør i artikkelen.» Man må kontakte artikkelforfatteren for å få ytterligere detaljer. Dog skulle det ikke være så vanskelig å fortsette oversikten selv med utgangspunkt i den siste generasjonen. John Harry Eriksen er en erfaren slektsforsker og har skrevet mange artikler opp gjennom årene, så jeg er trygg på at han har jobbet mye med primærkilder for å lage slektsoversikten. Men ingen kilder er nevnt, bortsett fra finnemanntall og en og annen kilde nevnt i løpende tekst. Skulle alle opplysninger vært gjengitt i noter ville artikkelen ha sprengt utgaven. Men en kildeoversikt på slutten artikkelen burde det vært gitt plass til. Så får vi se om jeg kan klare å koble personer i slektsoversikten til mine aner i Modum. Jeg tviler, men jeg får ta en ekstra gjennomgang for sikkerhets skyld.

Kristian Hunskaars artikkel Brunlanes-lensmannen Antonius Jansens slektskrets tar altså utgangspunkt i Antonius Jansen (ca. 1723–1762), som i bygdeboken er nevnt som lensmann 1760–1761. Hunskaar tar for seg hver enkelt av Antonius' søsken, «med mål om å knytte an til det som allerede er kjent fra bygdeboklitteraturen, samt å undersøke hvem som kan ha vært Antonius Jansens foreldre». Artikkelen er godt kildebelagt og diskusjonen er forbilledlig. Antonius' bror Nils Jansen (ca. 1734–1805) var bosatt på Nordre Trollsås i Kodal, men når min ane nr. 190, Tore Janssen Trollsås (f. 177---, d. 1841), ikke nevnes i artikkelen (han kan uansett ikke være sønn av Nils) så kan han neppe knyttes til lensmannens slektskrets. Man får lite gratis i slektsforskningen. Jeg må nok gå til primærkildene og se om jeg kan finne Tores foreldre selv.

Short English summary: My article is about the latest issue of Gjallarhorn, the newsletter of Vestfold Slektshistorielag og Buskerud Slektshistorielag (genealogical societies in the current counties of Vestfold and Telemark and of Viken).

9 January 2021

Norsk Slektshistorisk Tidsskrift, bind XLVI, hefte 3

I romjulen 2020 fikk jeg Norsk Slektshistorisk Tidsskrift (NST), bind XLVI, hefte 3, i posten, og det bare rundt 3 uker etter forrige utgave. Det betyr at Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening i 2020 kom ut med 3 utgaver av tidsskriftet. Det er fortsatt et etterslep på utgivelser, men jeg vet faktisk ikke om etterslepet representerer 1, 2 eller 3 hefter. Problemet med etterslepet startet en god stund før jeg kom inn i styret i 2009, og det var fortsatt ikke løst da jeg gikk ut av styret i 2015. I mellomtiden har to nye redaktører tatt over, Are S. Gustavsen og Johan Marius Setsaas. Forhåpentligvis klarere redaktørene å få ut ytterligere 3 hefter i 2021, men det vet jeg i grunnen lite om. Min rolle i redaksjonen består kun av korrekturlesing og jeg vet sjelden når tidsskriftet er planlagt utgitt.

Etterslep eller ei, det er alltid en glede i foreningen når en ny utgave kommer i posten, og det er sjelden noe å si på innholdet. Hefte 3 kan skilte med følgende artikler:
  • Jon Nygaard: Ibsens slekt fra Bergen, s. 159–188.
  • Atle Steinar Langekiehl: Strålsund- og Lundeslekten på Kråkerøy, s. 191–229.
  • Anders Bjønnes: Et gjenfunnet norsk stormannsegl fra Sørum?, s. 231–236.
Dette er det tredje bidraget som Jon Nygaard har gitt til genealogien om dikteren Henrik Ibsen og hans slekt.  Han skrev i 2013 «... af stort est du kommen». Henrik Ibsen og Skien, Acta Ibseniana 8-2013, som ble anmeldt av undertegnede i Genealogen 1/2014, s. 62–63. Hans neste artikkel, «Ibsens slekt på Kongsberg», ble publisert i NST, bind 44, s. 195–227. 

Langekiehl presenterer to jordeiende slekter på 1600-tallet – Strålsund og Lunde – og bruker som sentrale kilder lensregnskapenes opplysninger om gårdens oppsittere og landsskyldforhold, jordebøker og tingbøker.

Anders Bjønnes skriver en interessant artikkel om en seglstamp som ble funnet på et jorde på gården Søndre Sørum i 2016. Bjønnes skriver med utgangspunkt i det inngraverte navnet og det heraldiske innholdet (delt loddrett med nedvendt vinge til venstre og halv rose omgitt av en bølget bord til høyre) at stampen fra Sørum kan ha tilhørt ridderen og sysselmannen i Gudbrandsdalen, Guttorm Eiriksson (d. ca. 1349), men utelukker ikke at stampen kan ha tilhørt en annen, men ikke kjent mann med samme navn, men som nødvendigvis må ha tilhørt samme slektskrets.

For ordens skyld: NST kommer ut med to hefter i året, mens ett bind inneholder 4 hefter. Man opererer altså med en toårssyklus. Herværende hefte er som nevnt innledningsvis nr. 3 i hefte XLVI (46). 

Short English summary: This article covers issue 3, vol. XLVI, of Norsk Slektshistorisk Tidsskrift, the bi-annual periodical of the Norwegian Genealogical Society.

Norsk Slektshistorisk Tidsskrift, bind XLVI, hefte 2

Siste utgave av Norsk Slektshistorisk Tidsskrift – bind XLVI, hefte 2, 2020 – kom samtidig med Genealogen nr. 2, 2020 i begynnelsen av desember 2020. Det inneholdt 2 hovedartikler skrevet av Sten Høyendahl og Lars Løberg samt en minneartikkel. 

  • Sten Høyendahl: En Bragernes-slekt med sagbruk ved Hønefossen, s. 91-118
  • Lars Løberg: Bjarkøyætta og odelen i Giske – odelsretten i norsk middelalder, s. 119–153
  • Terje Gudbrandson: Til minne om Thorleif Solberg 1924–2020, s. 154-155
I Høyendahls artikkel nevnes slektsnavn/kallenavn eller gårdsnavn som Temte (Eiker), Riber, Blom, Hvidt, Karre, Holst og Biørn.

Løberg tar in sin artikkel for seg odelsretten i middelalderen. Han analyserer hva bevarte kilder til eiendomshistorikken til Giske på Sunnmøre kan fortelle om odel til gården, deretter en metodisk testing av alternative hypoteser om odelen i Giske og oppsummerer til slutt nyere forskning på Bjarkøyættens genealogi. 

Veterinæren Thorleif Solberg, som døde 3. februar 2020, var sentral i slektsforskningsmiljøet i Ringerike i mange årtier. Terje Gudbrandson skriver fine og velfortjente ord om både mannen og slektsforskeren. Solberg burde omtales med egen artikkel i Slektshistoriewiki, men det får jeg komme tilbake til senere.

Jeg ser elles at jeg aldri skrev en omtale av NST bind XLVI hefte 1, som kom ut i februar 2020, men det velger jeg å la ligge nå.

Norsk Slektshistorisk Tidsskrift utgis av Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening og kommer ut 2 ganger i året. Redaktører er Are S. Gustavsen og Johan Marius Setsaaas.

Short English summary: This article covers issue 2, vol. XLVI, of Norsk Slektshistorisk Tidsskrift, the bi-annual periodical of the Norwegian Genealogical Society.

Genealogen nr. 2, 2020

Genealogen nr. 2, 2020 kom i posten i begynnelsen av desember 2020, men da hadde jeg ingen mulighet til å skrive noen linjer om utgaven. Genealogen kom i samme sending som Norsk Slektshistorisk Tidsskrift bind 46, hefte 2, men det får jeg presentere i en egen artikkel.

Jeg har allerede nevnt i en tidligere bloggartikkel i år at jeg ikke hadde muligheten til å bidra med artikler i Genealogen denne gangen heller. Men jeg bidro med 6 bilder til utgaven, deriblant forsidebildet, som viser tidligere formann i Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening, Rune Nedrud, samt den nye formannen, Grete Singstad Paulsen (hun har siden droppet Paulsen som etternavn), under årsmøtet i NSF i august 2020. Forresten, jeg bidro også med protokollen fra årsmøtet ... dessuten  var jeg som vanlig korrekturleser.

Her er innholdsfortegnelsen:

  • Bjarne Hollund: Benkestokker i Hordaland – Del 1, s. 6-24
  • Finn Roaas: Hvordan var forholdene på farfars arbeidsplass? Del 2, s. 25–36
  • Leif Biberg Kristensen: En snekkerfamilie i Skien, s. 37–40
  • Rune Nedrud: Metodisk forskning og leting i rettskildene, s. 41–46
  • Arnvid Lillehammer: Anna Helene Olsdatter. Ei brikke i puslespelet - genealogen som detektiv, s. 47–49
  • Odd Arne Helleberg: Jordebokverket fra 1624, s. 50–51
  • Frode Myrheim: I gamle Daagaa – Forteljingo og BygdaMinne fraa Vaagaa, bokanmeldelse av Kleiven, Ivar. I gamle daagaa. Forteljingo og bygda-minne fraa Vaagaa, nyutgivelse ved Gudmund Harildstad og Kristoffer Kruken, Novus Forlag, 2020, s. 56–57.
I tillegg inneholder utgaven foreningsstoff, deriblant protokollen fra årsmøtet 2020, samt presentasjon av Slektsforskerkonferansen 2021, som var ment å gå av stabelen 5. til 7. februar 2021. Nylig ble det bestemt at konferansen er blitt utsatt enda en gang på grunn av den pågående pandemien, men forhåpentligvis vil det la seg gjøre å arrangere konferansen til høsten en gang i stedet. Det er et flott initiativ som jeg håper lar seg gjennomføre.

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

Published articles and Slektshistoriewiki contributions, 2020, Part II

In my article Published articles and Slektshistoriewiki contributions, 2020 published last Saturday, my intention was to write an account of my «accomplishments» as an historian and genealogist in the previous year. However, the article was incomplete because Slektshistoriewiki, the Norwegiean Genealogy Wiki, was stored, was not accessible at the moment becuase of server problems. Now Slektshistoriewiki is up and going again, so I thought it was best to write a survey of my most important contributions during 2020 before I move on to other matters.



Book presentations


The articles above come in addition to the updating of many articles which I have initiated earlier. The role as (head) administrator also involves lots of other work, including categorization, image uploading and other editing. The many conbtibutions to the  Norsk prestehistorie («History of the Norwegian clergy») project are not included in the survey above.

2 January 2021

Published articles and Slektshistoriewiki contributions, 2020

It has become a tradition for me to start the new year with an account of my «accomplishments» as an historian and genealogist in the previous year. 

Unfortunately the article this time will be rather short, as I have not got published any (printed) articles during 2020. The main reason for this is not that I have been short of ideas or opportunities, but because my work at the Lovdata Foundation, where I started the year as acting editor of The Norwegian Legal Gazette (Norsk Lovtidend) and continued as editor (without the «acting» part) from 17 December, has taken so much time, mainly because of the pandemic. It has proven too difficult to make promises of contributions to various genealogical newsletter, especially Genealogen, the bi-annual newsletter of the Norwegian Genealogical Society (Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening), because I would never know what would happen at work the next day or week. I did proof-read the second edition of Genealogen this year, though, in addition to the three issues of the flagship periodical Norsk Slektshistorisk Tidsskrift. I had 6 photos published in Genealogen no. 2, 2020, by the way, it that counts ...

I have also written many new articles at Slektshistoriewiki, the Norwegian Genealogy Wiki, during 2020 – genealogies, biographies and other articles. The Norsk prestehistorie project («History of the Norwegian clergy») has progressed extensively with many new articles. Unfortunately the website is down at the moment because the server was recently replaced, so at present it is not possible to give a survey of the most important contributions. From what I recall I was quite satisfied with my biographical article about Magnus Sødem (1897–1985), who was my great-grandmother Anne Sofie Ramstad's brother-in-law, and I was also content with my article about Olav O. Haugen, who was mayor of Stokke in Vestfold from 1946 to 1959. I might return with a survey when Slektshistoriewiki returns.

When my time allowed it, I worked on several short-term and long-term genealogy projects during 2020, but as said above I have nothing to show up for it. The little exception is perhaps my genealogical contribution to the article about Knut Borge at Lokalhistoriewiki.no.

Towards the end of the year I also got involved with a large project on the Cappelen family, and I hope to get it done (can any genealogy projects «get done», though?) in early 2021. The short-term goal is to publish a family tree to be printed and sold to the many members of the Cappelen family. But I think the family deserves a new book as well, but that would definitely take a few more years.

In early December I learnt that my great-great-grandfather Ole Tollefsen Hoelseth (1856–1940) had a son born out of wedlock. This son got married and had several children, which means that as soon as I have finished the work on the Cappelen family (for now), I will enjoy working on this "new" Hoelseth line. The son didn't carry the Hoelseth name, but there will be both agnatic and cognatic lines to explore! 

In other words, there is a lot to look forward to in 2021, and I hope that I will be able to publish a few printed articles in addition to other work.

Concerning the blog, I wrote 42 articles during 2020, which was 2 more than in the previous year. I hope that I can improve that number in 2021.