I can't find any info on my grandfather Kaj Helge Larsen 1921-1988

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Please help me with other ways to find out about my grandfather, Kaj Helge Larsen, born 14 May 1921 in Aarslen Fyn, Denmark. He passed away 1 December 1988 in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. He had a half sister Ula, who I think married a christoffersen. I don't have anything more. He was a baker on a ship in the war.
WikiTree profile: Kaj Larsen
in Genealogy Help by Shelley van Damme G2G Crew (700 points)

Tried to find Aarslen on Google maps, but couldn't find it. However there are several places in Denmark called Aarslev/Arslev/Årslev and that's what the spelling of the town on the marriage certificate looks like to me (so a v, not an n at the end).

Årslev, Funen

thank you so much for all your help!

3 Answers

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Kaj Helge Larsen

mentioned in the record of Kaj Helge Larsen and Jean Audrey Schwartzel

Name Kaj Helge Larsen
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 27 Nov 1944
Event Place Greyville, Durban, Natal, South Africa
Gender Male
Age 23
Birth Year (Estimated) 1921
Spouse's Name Jean Audrey Schwartzel
Spouse's Gender Female
Spouse's Age 18
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated) 1926


"South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Marriages, 1845-1955," database with images,FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDZ9-Y47 : accessed 9 June 2016), Kaj Helge Larsen and Jean Audrey Schwartzel, 27 Nov 1944; citing Greyville, Durban, Natal, South Africa; 01381; National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria; 1,938,581.

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.7m points)
Thank you Frank.

This surname info may be of interest

Last name: Larsen

This ancient surname is recorded in over one hundred spelling forms ranging from the Scottish and English Lawrence and Laurens, to Laurant (France), Lorentz (Germany), Lorenzo (Spain), Renzi (Italy), and Vavrik (Czech). However spelt the ultimate surname derives from the male given name "Laurentius", which itself originates from Laurentium, the "city of laurels", in Italy. The idea of the laurel as a symbol of victory was probably the principal reason for the popularity of the name. Among Christians it became a favourite name through St. Laurence, Archdeacon of Rome in the mid 3rd Century, who was martyred under Valerian in 258 A.D., the church of Edzel in Scotland is dedicated to him. There is only one example of the name in the earliest known public records, the Domesday Book of England in 1086; however, by a century later, the name had became popular at all social levels. This in turn lead to the recognisable modern English and Scottish surnames Lawrence, Laurence and Lawrance, and such variants as Laurie and Lowrie. Early examples of recordings include Johan Lauri of Ulm in 1376, and Lucas Laurenci of Mahren, Germany, in 1447. In the church registers of London, England from the time of Queen Elizabeth 1st we have the christening of Ann Lawrence, on January 12th 1555, at St. Pancras', and one of the earliest settlers in the New World was Richard Lawrence, aged 20 yrs. He left London in January 1634, bound for the Barbados Island. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Magister Laurentius, a cleric, which was dated circa 1150, in the "Episcopal Records of Glasgow", Scotland. This was during the reign of King David 1 of Scotland, 1124 - 1153.

© Copyright: Name Origin Research www.surnamedb.com 1980 - 2016

Read more: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Larsen#ixzz4B6VF7o94


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I used my subscription at MyHeritage to search for him. He was in the census 1925 with his parents. They were then in Dalum, Odense. As you say, he was born 14 May 1921 in Aarslen, Fyn (well, I think it should be Aarslev). His father was Rasmus Larsen born Aug 17 1898, Herrelager(?) Svendborg amt and his mother was Dagny Marie (no maiden name given). There was a sister Edith Viola in the household, born April 15, 1924.

There are a few more Kaj Helge Larsens born in Denmark in 1921, but on other dates - plus a ton of Kaj Larsens, but the above should be your grandfather.

I think the censuses etc for Denmark are available at some national site (possibly even for free) - I found the site once but couldn't make heads or tails of it, being Swedish, not Danish. You should ask your question and tag it Denmark, there should be true Danes around here, somewhere.
by Eva Ekeblad G2G6 Pilot (591k points)
Could that be Hesselager instead of Herrelager?
That's a much more reasonable reading.

Free census image can be found here.

Looks like your great grandfather made cigars for a living.

+4 votes

Kaj Helge's baptism record can be found on sa.dk/ao

direct link: https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/da/billedviser?epid=17138863#182190,30931964

His mothers maiden name is Hansen and his parents were married on 19 Dec 1920 in De Døvstummes Kirke in Copenhagen (Church for the deaf and dumb)

by Torben Friberg Sørensen G2G6 Mach 1 (14.7k points)
edited by Torben Friberg Sørensen

The marriage of his parents is here: (No 95) https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/da/billedviser?epid=17114429#148941,24618977

According to this he is born in Gudme Parish and she is born in Odense

Dagny Marie turns out to be born in Aarslev, but she is baptised in the catholic church in Odense.

Her birth/baptism record in Aarslev is here: https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/da/billedviser?epid=17138863#182189,30931836


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