1 December 2016

Longest reigns page updated

After King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) of Thailand died on 13 October 2016, the proclamation of the designated heir, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, was put on hold as the crown prince needed some time to mourn with the people.

Today, 1 December 2016, Vajiralongkorn was formally proclaimed king, and I have therefore updated the Longest reign (current monarchs) page. As I wrote on 29 October, the page will be updated again later in December after the new King of Malaysia has been installed.

28 November 2016

Second child for Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg has announced that Princess Claire, wife of Prince Félix, gave birth to their second child, a boy, at Clinique Générale-Beaulieu in Geneva, Switzerland on 28 November 2016 one minute to 4 a.m.

The newborn prince, whose name is not made public yet, is fourth in line to the Grand Ducal throne of Luxembourg (after his uncle Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, his father Prince Félix and his elder sister Princess Amalia, who was born on 15 June 2014).

Prince Félix, second son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, married Claire Lademacher in 2013.

Last time updated on Tuesday 29 November at 11.50 (time of birth was obviously a.m., not p.m.).

15 November 2016

Queen Sonja one of the contributors to Juleroser 2016

Juleroser («Christmas Roses») was a Christmas magazine (booklet) published between 1881 and 1944 (with a short break 1937–1940) by Ernst Bojesen in Copenhagen, Denmark. The magazine contained literary texts and illustrations by well-established authors and artists.

Juleroser was intended to be a Christmas magazine for all the Nordic countries, and from 1895 the magazine also had editors for Norway and Sweden. According to the nynorsk («New Norwegian») version of Wikipedia, the magazine had the subtitle Skandinavisk Juleblad («Scandinavian Christmas Magazine») from 1885 to 1888 and in 1892, while in the period from 1889 to 1891 the subtitle was Nordisk Juleblad («Nordic Christmas Magazine»).

Juleroser was revived as a literary Christmas magazine last year by the publishers Samlaget and with the singer and actress Herborg Kråkevik as editor. 

In this year's edition Queen Sonja of Norway has contributed with four photos, of which 3 stem from the series «Former» («Forms») taken at Svalbard. See one of the photo illustrations in today's VG.no. Other contributors are Kim Leine, Anne B. Ragde, Kolbein Falkeid, Brit Bildøen, Gro Dahle, Bit Vejle, Vetle Lid Larssen, Helge Torvund, Theodor Kittelsen, Marianne Heske, Håkon Gullvåg and Sverre Malling.

Photo: Cover of Juleroser 2016, Samlaget.

Grave of Odd Nansen, Haslum Cemetery, Bærum, Norway (Tombstone Tuesday)

© 2009 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth
The architect, author and humanitarian Odd Nansen (1901–1973) was the second son and fourth child (out of five children) of scientist, explorer, diplomat and author Fridtjof Nansen (1861–1930) and his first wife Eva Helene Nansen, née Sars (1858–1907).

Odd Nansen is buried at Haslum Cemetery (kirkegård), Bærum outside Oslo, grave no. 112-00-009, together with his wife Karen «Kari» Nansen, née Hirsch (1903–1985) and their youngest child and second son Odd Erik Nansen (1942–2001).

Fridtjof Nansen's grave at Polhøgda in Bærum can be viewed here.

5 November 2016

Norskættede ishockeyspillere i NHL (ice hockey players of Norwegian descent in the NHL)

Nettavisen skriver i en artikkel publisert 4. november 2016 om ishockeyspilleren Brady Skjei, f. 1994, som spiller i New York Ranger og som står overfor et gjennombrudd i den amerikanske hockeyligaen NHL. Han omtales som «den tredje nordmannen» i NHL ettersom oldefaren var norsk. Fra før av spiller de vaskekte nordmennene Mats Zuccarello og Andreas Martinsen i henholdsvis New York Rangers og Colorado Avelanche.

På slutten av artikkelen kommer journalisten endelig på at også Dustin Byfuglien, f. 1985, som for tiden spiller for Winnipeg Jets, har norske røtter. På morssiden har Byfuglien røtter i Valdres og på Geilo. Byfuglien var for øvrig med på å vinne Stanley Cup med Chicago Blackhawks i 2010.

For sikkerhets skyld skriver journalisten at det altså er «minst to andre spillere med røtter i Norge». Jeg lurer på hvor mye tid han har brukt på å sjekke spilleroversiktene i NHL-klubbene, for det må være flere andre norskættede som spiller i NHL i dag, både i USA og i Canada. Kriteriet må være at vedkommende er i en NHL-stall i dag og at han har spilt minst én kamp. Utfordringen er at mange slektsnavn kan være både norske, svenske og danske – det er ikke så lett å si hvor Anderson, Erikson, Matheson, Johnson eller Hanson kommer fra. Josh Anderson, f. 1994, i Columbus Blue Jackets, er er et godt eksempel. Canadiske Damon Severson (Syversen?) i New Jersey Devils er også en god mulighet. Og man kan jo stamme fra Norge kognatisk, dvs. gjennom kvinneledd, og da blir utfordringen straks vanskeligere.

Men vi kan gjøre et forsøk. Riley Tufte, f. 1998, som tidligere i år ble draftet av mitt favorittlag Dallas Stars, kan vi se bort fra, for han har ikke debutert i NHL ennå, og spiller for tiden i NCAA for University of Minnesota-Duluth. Paul Gaustad, f. 1982, kunne ha vært kvalifisert, men han la opp etter sesongen 2015–2016 etter å ha spilt for Nashville Predators de siste sesongene. Trevor Moen, f. 1982, ser også ut til å nærme seg karriereslutt. Han er nå såkalt «free agent» etter å ha spilt for Dallas Stars de to siste sesongene.

Brødrene Staal fra Thunder Bay, Canada kan derimot godt vise seg å være av norsk ætt. Jordan Staal, f. 1988, spiller for Carolina Hurricanes, broren Eric, f. 1984, spiller for Minnesota Wild, Marc Staal, f. 1987, er i New York Rangers sammen med Zuccarello og Skjei, mens yngstebroren Jared Staal, f. 1990, har debutert for Carolina Hurricanes, men spiller mest for farmerlaget Edinburgh Capitals. De er oppført som nederlandskættede på Wikipedia, men figurerer også på oversikten «Norwegian Canadians», så her må det undersøkes mer. Samme utfordring med Strome-brødrene? Dylan Strome, f. 1997, spiller i Arizona Coyotes, mens storebroren Ryan Strome, f. 1993, er i New York Islanders. Men her må det også forskes mer.

Men canadieren Ryan Johansen, f. 1992, i Nashville Predators skal visstnok være norskættet. Nick Bjugstad, f. 1992, i Florida Panthers, er bankers. Samme med Erik Gudbranson, f. 1992, i Vancouver Canucks. Jack Skille, f. 1982, høres ikke norsk ut, men årsaken til at han valgte å dra til Norge og Rosenborg under lockouten i 20012–13 var visstnok hans norske aner.

Så da er det minst 6 norskættede spillere per dags dato i NHL, og kanskje også 11 hvis 3 av Staal-brødrene og de to Strome-brødrene kan bekreftes.

English summary: This article is about ice hockey players in NHL of Norwegian ancestry. Some of the players need to be investigated to be absolutely sure about their roots, such as the Staal and Strome brothers, but Erik Gudbrandson and Nick Bjugstad are definately of Norwegian descent, while Jack Skille and Ryan Johanson most surely are. Dustin Byfuglien and Brady Skjei are already confirmed.

Oppdatering 5. november 2016 kl. 19:55: Jeg har opprettet en egen tråd på Digitalarkivets brukerforum. Etter en liten omvei ser det ut til at Brady Skjeis aner kan spores til Nedre Stjørdal i Nord-Trøndelag: https://forum.arkivverket.no/topic/205058-nhl-spillere-med-norske-aner/

Sist oppdatert søndag 6. november 2016 kl. 00:40 (en setningsfeil rettet opp). 

29 October 2016

Longest reigns page updated


It was on time to update my Longest reigns (current monarchs) page tonight. Following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) on 13 October 2016, I had planned to wait for the formal proclamation of the designated heir, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, but as that has been put on hold for the time being, the website had to be updated.

There will soon be another change to the list, as the King of Malaysia (Yang di-Pertuan Agong) Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah ibni Sultan Badlishah, the Sultan of Kedah, currently no. 22 on the list, will step down on 13 December 2016 to be succeeded by the Sultan of Kelantan, Muhammad V, b. 1969, following the election by the Conference of Rulers on 14 October 2016.

According to the Constution of Malaysia Article 32 third paragraph, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Head of State) is elected by the Conference of Rulers for a term of five years. The Conference of Rulers (Majlis Raja-raja) is formed by the nine rulers of the Malay states (nine out of 13 states) which have hereditary royal rulers). Normally the Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Deputy King/Head of State) is elected as the next king, and that is what happened here, as Muhammad V (Tuanku Muhammad Faris Petra) of Kelantan has served as Deputy King since 2011. The next Deputy King will be the Sultan of Perak, Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, b. 1956.

This means that unless something happens in in Thailand before 13 December, the new King of Malaysia will enter the list as no. 29. while the monarchs of Tonga, Andorra (on of the Co-Princes, that is), The Netherlands, Qatar, Belgium, Spain and Saudi Arabia will go one place up (from 22nd to 28th).

By the way, no. 8, the Sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein, Hans-Adam II, b. 1945, is on the list as he still is the reigning Prince and head of state, even if Hereditary Prince Alois, b. 1968, has served as Regent since 15 August 2004. This might deserve a footnote on the Longest reigns website, but that can wait until December. Prince Hans-Adam II succeeded to the throne of the Principality of Liechtenstein on 13 November 1989 upon the death of his father, Prince Franz Josef II.

27 October 2016

Genealogen no. 2, 2016

The latest issue of Genealogen, the newsletter of Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening (The Norwegian Genealogical Society), arrived in my mailbox today. On the front cover there is a photo of Steinvikholm Castle at Skatval in Stjørdal municipality north of Trondheim.

My contribution this time is a short (2 pages long) presentation of New England Historic Genealogical Society, the oldest of its kind in the United States. I have been a member since early spring this year, and I visited the society's headquarters in central Boston in early August. Unfortunately there was no room for the photos I had provided for the article, but I will instead include them when I in the not too distant future write a presentation of the society for Slektshistoriewiki, the Norwegian Genealogy Wiki.

Among the other articles are:
  • Manhaffte korporal Niels Christensen Krog ca. 1658–1733 by Petter Vennemo (about one of the Krog families in Norway).
  • Bolkesjø-gårdene i Gransherad («The Bolkesjø farms in Gransherad [Telemark county]») by Odd Arne Helleberg.
  • Sikt- og sakefallslister i lens- og amtsregnskapene på 1600-tallet (an introduction to lists of fines paid to the king for various crimes in the 17th century) by Rune Nedrud, who is also chairman of the Norwegian Genealogical Society as well as head editor of the newsletter.
  • Landsturnstevnet og Trøndelagsutstillingen i Trondheim 1930 – og to flybåter i svenske farvann (about the finding of old negatives, which among others included the national gymnastics meeting and the Trøndelag Fair in Trondheim in 1930, and we get some insight into the author's Berg family too) by Carsten Berg Høgenhoff, editor of Genealogen.
  • Hvem eier egentlig slektstreet du har på nettet? by Melanie Mayo (originally published as «Who Actually Owns the Family Tree You Have Online?», Family History Daily August 2016)
  • Bot og bedring?, a book review by Johan Marius Setsaas of Olof Holm et al. Böter och fredsköp. Jämtlands och Härjedalens saköreslängder 1601–1645, Landsarkivet i Östersund och Jämtlands läns fornskriftsällskap, Östersund, 2016.
  • Norwegian Death Index (NDI), an introduction by its database owner and editor Kjell Arne Brudvik.
In addition you will find the minutes as well as an article about the annual meeting, which took place in Trondheim in May this year and a list of books donated to the society's library during the period May–October 2016.

Not to forget the ad for Genea-LAN, the social gathering for genealogists which take place in the weekend of 19th and 20th of November. 28 hours with non-stop genealogical research, in addition to lectures, a «DNA corner», competitions and much more. It is the fifth time the LAN party takes place, probably the first of its kind!