29 December 2008

Olaf Kringhaug Passes Away

Olaf Kringhaug recently passed away. He is credited with translating Normaendene i Amerika, volume 1, by Martin Ulvestad, 1907, from the old Norsk to English and then making it available online. He was truly one of the 'heroes' of Norwegian-American genealogical and historical research. He lived in Vernon, British Columbia, but he did a lot for us here in the United States by virtue of his research. He was an incredible man and a great loss.

Olaf Kringhaug
March 4, 1928 - December 7, 2008

Obituary excerpt:

Olaf was born in Hommelvik, Malvik Sor Trondelag, Norway and moved to Canada at the age of four. Olaf graduated from UBC in 1954 as an MD. After graduation, Olaf interned at Vancouver General Hospital before starting his practise. He spent his life taking care of people as a general physician in Vancouver, New Denver and Nakusp. Upon retirement, he continued helping people by pursuing his passion for history and genealogy. He became a translator for what was known as the "Trondelag List." One of his last big achievements was the translation of Normaendene i Amerika, volume 1 by Martin Ulvestad 1907.


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Margit (Nysetvold) Bakke said...

Olaf lived in Vernon, British Columbia.

Nearby Norwegians said...

Thanks for the correction, Margit.

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