Norwegian Constitution Day

Norwegians dressed in bunad parading in front ...

Norwegians dressed in bunad parading in front of the royal family on May 17th. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

17 May is a public holiday in Norway to celebrate the signing of the Norwegian Constitution at Eidsvoll in 1814. A fantastic day when people dress up in their bunad (national costume, with local variations) and have parades and games. If you would like to know more about what folks get up to take a look at Norwegian Constitution Day.

This gives me an opportunity to mention that I actually have a handful of Norwegians in my family tree. The Hanson family of Lynemouth, Northumberland are “cousins” of my Granda Webb. Henry Hanson, born in 1879, was a Norwegian seaman who married Elizabeth Doleman in 1902. His father was also a Norwegian seaman named Hans August Hanson. I am still struggling to tie in the paper trail from the Dolemans and Hansons to my grandfather, but I remember being taken to visit the Hansons at Lynemouth when I was little and am sure they belong to us somehow.

2 thoughts on “Norwegian Constitution Day

  1. hi,
    My grandfather, Henry, was a son of Henry (Harry) & Elizabeth Hanson (nee Doleman) According to the 1901 census, Henry was a Lodger with the Dolemans who lived in 7 Byron St, Amble. Ive been trying to find information regarding my Norwegian heritage but have found it very frustrating.

    • Hei Dale, The Dolemans were cousins of my maternal grandfather, Jonathan Doleman Webb. I can still remember going with my granda to visit his Hanson relatives in Lynemouth when I was a child. Although I grew up knowing that this family were my relatives it took me several years to actually figure out just what the connection was. There were a couple of non-marital relationships that make the paper trail a bit dodgy, so I would be interested to see what you think of the theories I have. I still have not managed to pin down Henry’s birth in Norway though. I will send you an e-mail with more info.

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