Long-Lost, 100-Year-Old Family Album Returned to Man in Norway

Long-Lost, 100-Year-Old Family Album Returned to Man in Norway

Last year, MyHeritage founder and CEO Gilad Japhet came across a spectacular old family album at an auction in Israel. He asked our Research team to track down the family it belonged to — and we had the honor and privilege of returning the album to a living descendant of its owner.

Check out the full story inthe video below, and read on for more details:

The album was leather-bound with gold leaf inlaid on the cover, and it was full of photographs of people dressed in elegant clothing. It was clear from the way they were dressed that the people in the photos came from influential families.

A dedication was written on the first page of the album:

To Thorkild Gustav Hauge

From Familien Ravn

Arendal 1903

A beautiful family album in leather with gold décor

A beautiful family album bound in leather with gold accents

Gilad is a passionate genealogist himself and recognizes a priceless family treasure when he sees one. He bought the album and passed it to our Research team, asking them to trace Thorkild’s family and find a living descendant we could give the album to.

Lookup to the album

Photos in the album featuring families in elegant costume

’I knew very little about my family history’

Our Research team got to work and soon located a young man in Oslo named Max Emil Kørner. We called Max and he was very surprised. It’s not every day you get a phone call telling you a 100-year-old album has been found that belonged to your ancestor!

Max says that before we contacted him, he had little knowledge of his ancestry. It seems that there had been a rift in his family after his grandmother married someone her relatives didn’t think was good enough for her. The only thing Max knew for sure was that one of his great-grandparents was Danish.

我们的挪威地区经理珍妮特·桑德加德(Jeanette Sandsgaard)把这张专辑送到了马克斯的家。

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How did this family album end up in Israel? That remains a mystery.

Thorkil Gustav Hauge was about 16 years old when he received the album from the Ravn family. On the first page of the album is a photo of the Arendal Church: a beautiful church built in the neo-Gothic style. The church was designed by Christian Fürst and inaugurated in 1888, just 5 years before the date written in the album.

The Ravn family was not related to the Hauge family. However, Dr. Jacob Ravn (b. 1847) and his son Trygve Angell Ravn (b. 1853) are also featured in the album. Maybe they were friends of the family?

Arendal Kirke, built in neo-Gothic style, designed by Christian Fürst and inaugurated in 1888

Arendal Kirke, built in neo-Gothic style, designed by Christian Fürst and inaugurated in 1888

Who was Thorkild Gustav Hauge?

Thorkild Gustav Hauge (1887–1919) was born in Arendal and baptized in Tromøya Church outside Arendal in 1887. He and his brother Thomas were the sons of Niels Christopher Henrik Hauge (b. 1842), who was himself the son of Thomas Bryn (1782–1827): one of the authors of the Norwegian constitution. Thomas Bryn was a lawyer, a civil servant, and represented the Union Party. He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament in 1827 for Larvik and Sandefjord, and died shortly afterwards. Bryn wrote a diary from Eidsvoll and Henrik Wergeland — one of the pioneers of modern Norwegian literature and culture — used it as a source when he wrote his constitutional history.

Thomas Bryn (1782-1827), lawyer, civil servant and politician. (Photo Source: Wikipedia)

Thomas Bryn: lawyer, civil servant and politician. (Source: Wikipedia)

Thorkild娶了Klara Olea Lydia Svår Siljesæther,并被训练成一名工程师。他和妻子去了澳大利亚的墨尔本,在那里他们有了他们唯一的孩子,莉娜·玛丽·豪格(Lena Marie Hauge, 1912 -1964)。1915年,当莉娜·玛丽亚3岁时,他们回到挪威,在那里她长大并接受教育。不幸的是,索基德在斯德哥尔摩出差时死于肺炎,年仅32岁。没有证据表明Klara Olea Lydia Svår Siljesæther在Thorkild死后再婚。

Lena Marie Hauge grew up and graduated in her home country. She was a journalist and started her career at Dagsposten in Trondheim in 1937. Starting in 1945, she worked at the Oslo newspaperNationen, and continued working there for the rest of her life. She had no children and died of illness at the age of 50 in 1964. When Lena Marie Hauge died, her funeral was covered by numerous newspapers in Norway, and many of them can be found in the national library archives. There we can read that she used the pseudonym “Murre” and was concerned with the women’s organizations at the time, especially peasant women, and she edited “The Women’s Page” in theNationen.

Notice of the death of Lena Marie Hauge, a.k.a. “Murre,” from Haugesundsavis, March 4, 1964 (Source: National Library of Norway)

Notice of the death of Lena Marie Hauge, a.k.a. “Murre,” from Haugesundsavis, March 4, 1964 (Source: National Library of Norway)

Another note in the paperFjordingenfrom May 11, 1964 states that she left behind 30,000 kronen, and her mother was her only heir. Her mother died in Sweden the following year in 1965.

Finding a living heir

Thorkild had only one child and his daughter was childless. This meant that there was no direct heir to the family album. So the Research team focused their efforts on tracing the descendants of Thorkild’s brother, Thomas.

Picture of the two brothers Hauge, Torkild (tv) and Thomas (th). Image colorized with MyHeritage InColor™

Photo of the two brothers Hauge from the family album, Thorkild and Thomas. Image colorized with MyHeritage In Color™

托马斯·布伦娶了艾尔莎·玛丽亚·布伦,他们生了几个孩子,一个女儿叫卡琳·安德里亚·布伦·豪格。她的孙子Max Emil Boholm Kørner是Thorkild弟弟Thomas最小的后代。

Family tree after Thomas Hauge, his great-grandson Max Emil is now the happy owner of the family album

Family tree of Thomas Hauge. His great-grandson Max Emil can now enjoy a beautiful family album

We still don’t know how the album ended up in Israel, but it’s clear that someone took very good care of it: though many of the photos were gone when Gilad recovered it, it was in very good condition.

It was a great pleasure to be able to give this family album to Max for him to treasure and share with future generations.

Max is very grateful to have not only more knowledge about his family background, but also this valuable and tangible piece of his family’s history.

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