Gertrud Olsen

1680–1740 (Age 60)
Lyngdal, Vest-Agder, Norway

The Life of Gertrud

When Gertrud Olsen was born in 1680, in Lyngdal, Vest-Agder, Norway, her father, Ole, was 26 and her mother, Mrs. Ole, was 22. She married Aanen Vroldsen in 1698, in Kvås, Lyngdal, Vest-Agder, Norway. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She died on 17 October 1740, in her hometown, at the age of 60.

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Aanen Vroldsen
Gertrud Olsen
Marriage: 1698
Vrold Aanensen
Ole Aanensen
Bjorn Aanensen

Spouse and Children

Kvås, Lyngdal, Vest-Agder, Norway


Parents and Siblings



    Mrs. Ole




World Events (4)

1685 · Norway Church

Age 5

The State Church of Norway passed a law which required ministers to keep a written record of all baptisms, marriages, burials.
1700 · Norwegian calendar change

Age 20

1n 1700 Norway changed from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar. The day after 18 Feb in the Julian Calendar became 1 March in the Gregorian calendar.
1736 · Confirmation & education

Age 56

Law of 1736 legally established Confirmation in the Lutheran Church which led to organized education for all children. These became important records which the Pastor kept.

Name Meaning

1 Danish and Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Olaf, Olav (Old Norse Óláfr, Ólafr, variant Óleifr, earlier Anleifr, from proto-Scandinavian elements meaning ‘ancestor’ + ‘heir’, ‘descendant’). Olaf has always been one of the most common Scandinavian names; it continued to be popular in the Middle Ages, in part as a result of the fame of St. Olaf, King of Norway, who brought Christianity to his country c.1030 . This surname, the second most common in Norway, is also established in England, notably in the Newcastle upon Tyne area.2 German (Ölsen): habitational name from any of several places so named, in Saxony, Brandenburg, and the Rhineland.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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