Three-Times-Eurovision Star Kirsten Siggaard and her Scandinavian Background

Kirsten Siggaard represented her home country of Denmark with Søren Bundgaard no fewer than three times: in 1984 with “Det’ lige det,” in 1985 with “Sku’ du spørg’ fra no’en?”, and in 1988 with “Ka’ du se hva’ jeg sa’?”. Kirsten grew up in a traditional Christian family and sang in a church choir as a child.

As she is a returning champion for Denmark, Kirsten’s DNA results are not surprising: she is 99.1% Scandinavian and 0.9% Finnish!

MyHeritage researchers constructed a family tree with 115 people that goes back 7 generations on the paternal line, beginning with Frederik Christiansen Schröder, a farmer born in 1748. Kirsten’s ancestors on this tree were mainly farmers, and all of them lived in Denmark.

Kirsten’s maternal great-grandfather, Niels Christian Jensen, was baptized on February 25, 1853 in Saltum Og Hune, Hjørring (now part of the new North Jutland County), Denmark. His parents were Jens Christensen and Else Marie Jensdatter.

Record of the birth of Niels Christian Jensen, Kirsten’s great-grandfather
Record of the birth of Niels Christian Jensen, Kirsten’s great-grandfather

Kirsten’s maternal grandfather, Therkild Peter Jacobsen, was born in 1860. He had 3 children with his first wife, Mete Marie, who died in January 1914. He married Kirsten’s grandmother, Nikoline Holm (b. 1888) in 1915, and she gave birth to Kirsten’s mother on September 28, 1917.
Therkild owned a farm and employed 2 young servants, aged 18 and 16; one working in the house and one in the farm.

1916 census from Denmark mentioning Therkild and his family
1916 census from Denmark mentioning Therkild and his family

On the other side of the family, we found Kirsten’s paternal great-grandmother Frederikke Jensine Nielsen (1866-1926) listed in the 1901 Census with her husband, Peder Soren Pedersen (1861-1915) and 7 children, Johanne Margrete (b. 1887), Jens Søren (b. 1891), Peder Johane Osvald (b. 1893), Frederik Christjan (b. 1895), Kirsten’s grandmother Henriette Cecilie (b. 1897), Petra Jensine Frederikke (b. 1898) and Neils Henrik (b. 1901)
Peder worked as a postman. They lived in the parish of Skt Peders, Slagelse, Sorø.

1901 census mentioning Kirsten’s great-grandmother and her family
1901 census mentioning Kirsten’s great-grandmother and her family

We also obtained the following photograph of Frederikke and Peder from Swedish user Ole Daugaard-Larsen, Kirsten’s second cousin. Ole’s tree gives more information about Peder: “He worked as a weaver till about 1899, afterwards working as a postman till his death. He trained as a weaver at his uncle Niels Henriksen in Næsby [the western central neighbourhood of Odense, in Funen, Denmark].”

Kirsten’s great-grandparents Frederikke Jensine Nielsen and Peder Soren Pedersen
Kirsten’s great-grandparents Frederikke Jensine Nielsen and Peder Soren Pedersen

Additionally, we found a church record of the baptism of Kirsten’s grandfather Niels Carl Pedersen born on September 7, 1891 in Tårnborg, Sorø. His parents were Anders Pedersen (b. 1849) and Anne Marie Nielsen (b. 1853).

Church record of the baptism of Niels Carl Pedersen
Church record of the baptism of Niels Carl Pedersen

Niels, who was born in 1891 and died in 1971, is also mentioned in the 1911 census with Kirsten’s great-grandfather, Anders Pedersen (b. 1849). Niels was 19 at the time. They were farmers in Tårnborg, Sorø.

1911 census that mentions Kirsten’s grandfather and great-grandfather
1911 census that mentions Kirsten’s grandfather and great-grandfather

As Kirsten’s MyHeritage DNA results and genealogy show, she has a deep family attachment to Denmark. Perhaps that’s what called her to represent her country not once, not twice, but three times in the Eurovision Song Contest.