The Kingdom of Norway is quite small - just a narrow strip of land with barely 5 million inhabitants. But, despite its size, there are Norwegians and those of Norwegian heritage spread all around the world.
Some famous people such as Richard Ayoade, Sophie Dahl, and the British Royal Family all have Norwegian relatives. If you do too, here are some helpful tips on how to find them!
Norwegian emigration in a nutshell
Over the centuries, Norwegians have settled all over the world. It started with the Vikings, who settled mainly in the UK, Ireland and France, but also populated areas as far as Sicily, Turkey, Russia and the USA.
Congratulations to the British Royal Family on the latest addition to their family tree!
Taking after her father, uncle and brother, the royal baby was born at Lindo wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London and will be officially known as the Princess of Cambridge.
Prince George of Cambridge's christening will take place today.
The christening of a new baby is a momentous occasion for many families. It’s a great way to welcome a new baby into the world and to celebrate their arrival with family and friends. Many religions have similar ceremonies with that in mind.
There’s nothing like that first family photo with a precious new family member. New parents are so excited to get that perfect shot, showcasing their new bundle of joy.
I remember taking our baby to the photo studio for our first family portrait. It took hours to find the right outfits to wear. After much effort to feed and dress the baby, we finally made it out the door. By the time we got to the studio, we had to start the whole feeding and changing process all over again!
This is why I have come to appreciate the effort involved in taking that first family photo.
Recently, the Royal Family released their first family photos of the Duke, Duchess, and Prince of Cambridge. They were taken by the Duchess' father, Michael Middleton, in their family garden earlier this month. There is one image of the Duke, Duchess and baby George together, and another that includes their two family pets, Tilly and Lupo.
Relaxed and natural, everyone can see their absolute happiness as a new family. This is a great example what a first family photo should look like.
We look forward to seeing more family photos of the Royal Family and Prince George at his upcoming christening at the end of October.
Do you have a first family photo? What is it like?
Welcome to the world Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge!
Want to know more facts about the royal baby, including to whom he's related?
Learn more in our infographic below and in our Royal Family Tree:
Kate's family history - contrary to her now relatively opulent lifestyle - is one that many of us can attest to in our family trees.
Kate's family are from the North of England and - up to the last few generations - her ancestors were mostly working-class. According to the New England Historic Genealogical Society her ancestors include merchants, messengers, solicitors, cabinet makers, butchers, bakers, a laundress, and coalminers.
The Society also revealed in November 2010 that Kate Middleton (along with the Queen Mother and Princess Diana) is a cousin of America's first president, George Washington.
Click here to see Kate Middleton's MyHeritage family tree (screenshot below).