Thursday, June 18, 2015: We began the day with a long chat with our host, Mona, in her kitchen in Oslo. Here is the Mona Hoel Clip. After leaving Mona’s, we visited an amazing museum in Oslo. I’ve included one picture here, to show sod roof buildings at the Norwegian History museum. I set up another page for a bunch of other pictures. Here are some pictures from the Norsk History Museum. I was amazed at the detailed craftsmanship of the wooden buildings, their longevity (some several hundred years old and still solid), and their beautiful design.
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From there it was straight to Våler. We decided to take the scenic route even though it took a little longer. We’re glad we did. The freeway is nice, but we got to see more of Norway by taking it a little slower. Arild lives in Bergen from Fall to Spring, and spends his summers in the Cottage in the east where he was raised. He has spent the last several years updating the structure and the interior, and it is a beautiful comfortable home. Here is Arild with Ann.
Arild Kompelein is a serious genealogist, and even before we came, he provided some information via e-mail that we hadn’t known about before. We were excited to find that he had even more information for us and he was so kind as to type it all up for us in English so we could add it to our records easily. His English is perfect, as with so many of the people here. And the information has helped us to fill in siblings and relationships that make our family tree more complete. Arne OLSEN (top right below) is in Ann’s 3rd Great Grandfather. Ola Anderson Kompelien (lower Left) is Arild’s Grandfather and Arne OLSEN is his second Great Grandfather.
Arild told us a story of one of Syver Arneson’s nephews. Syver is Ann’s great great grandfather. The story is that the nephew was an accomplished violinist, and after encouragement from others, he traveled to New York and earned a living performing there. Some time passed, and this nephew musician was found dead on a train track where, as the story goes, he passed out from over-consumption of alcohol. Apparently the plight of this nephew was occasionally used to warn others of the dangers of becoming a musician. Go figure.
Arild and his wife, Kerstin, made delicious treats for us. Kerstin is timid about strangers, so she was otherwise occupied when we came, and we missed her. Listening to Arild’s stories about his own history, and that of his relatives, was fascinating, and we feel richly blessed for the short time we had with him. He also gave us good ideas about where to go while we’re in Norway.
There is some ambiguity in Arild’s family history about Ann’s third great grandfather, Arne Olsson. Arne is our connection to Arild. Because of a child probably born out of wedlock, there is a paternity question that can only be answered with a Y DNA test of a male descendant from a line of direct male descendants. Because Gilmore Arneson, Ann’s grandfather, had only daughters, neither our sons nor any of Ann’s cousins can provide the needed information. Arild has contacted a number of others who may be able to oblige, but hasn’t yet received responses.
Our route, as I mentioned, was scenic. We have a hybrid Toyota Yaris and we began in Oslo (1) and took E6 (2) to the junction with E16 (3) then east over the Glomma river to Kongsvinger. We took 2 north, along the river to Våler (4) and on to Arild’s cottage which is just a few kilometers northeast. As evening drew near, we headed north on 2 again to Elverum (5), which is where Lars Gunnar, our host, works for a pan-European construction company. From there we picked up 3 and headed back west to Hamar (6) where our day ended with a nice dinner of Norwegian cured ham and Argentine steak.
Our host family in Hamar are Lars Gunnar, his fiancée Marthe and baby daughter Anine, who was born september 2014. Marthe is a nurse. Their beautiful home served as a base for us as we visited Lillehammer, Oppland, the Island of Helgøya in lake Mjøsa.
This has been one of the busiest Thursdays I can remember for a long time, and one of the most unforgettable ever.