Norwegian Cousins

My 2nd cousin Kay Rhyner was kind enough to send me a batch of information she had about the Norwegian side of our family.  I’ve written previously about my great-grandparents, Ovidia Olson and Jens Rasmussen Østrem  (a/k/a “John Hanson”).  While entering all this information into the family tree today, I found out that my third cousin Lisbeth Holand was a member of the Norwegian Parliament!  I’m quite proud.

Lisbeth is a descendant of my great-great-grandfather’s brother Rasmus Rasmussen Østrem (1852-1936).

Lisbeth Holand (born 20 January 1946 in Vikna) is a Norwegian politician for the Socialist Left Party.
She was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Nordland in 1989, and was re-elected on one occasion. She had previously served as a deputy representative during the terms 1985–1989, and later served in this position from 1997–2001.
Holand was involved in local politics in Brønnøy municipality. She is also a former leader of Nei til EU. In 1968–1970 she was a member of the national board of the Young Liberals of Norway.

Outside of politics, she graduated as cand.polit. from the University of Oslo in 1975. She worked as a school teacher, since 2000 as a lecturer at Nesna University College.

[Taken from her Wikipedia entry:]



About cthomas1967

Seeking to bring my ancestors out of the shadows of history and into the light. I have always been interested in history, and at a few different times I tried to do a family tree, but wasn't able to do it with the technology that was available then. On a business trip I visited the World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO and it was a very impressive establishment. While I was there I remember thinking, "Didn't my great-grandfather father fight in World War I? And wasn't his brother killed alongside him in some famous battle? I wonder if I can find out where he died." That's what started it all. View all posts by cthomas1967

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