Oslo County, Norway Genealogy

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Guide to Oslo ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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Oslo is the capital and largest city in Norway. Founded around 1048 by King Harald III of Norway, the town was largely destroyed by a fire in 1624. The Danish-Norwegian king Christian IV rebuilt the city as Christiania (later spelling Kristiania). Oslo, then an alternative name, became official again in 1925.

The city of Oslo was established as a municipality on 3 January 1838. It was separated from the county of Akershus to become a county of its own in 1842. The rural municipality of Aker was merged with Oslo on 1 January 1948 and simultaneously transferred from Akershus county to Oslo county.

The urban municipality (bykommune) of Oslo and county (fylke) is the same entity, making Oslo the only city in Norway where two administrative levels are integrated.

Parishes and Congregations in Oslo City[edit | edit source]

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1858 Parish map
1880 Parish map
1911 Parish map

Church Records/Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

These are the most important records you will use, and a majority of your research will be found in them. All civil registration was kept by the church parishes until 2012.

You do not have to be fluent in Norwegian. These records use a very limited, specialized vocabulary that is easy to learn. For help reading and interpreting theses records, see:

Parish Register Headings for Norway is available as a PDF file and gives the translation of headings for the records in different time periods. When a record is written with labeled columns it is much easier to search. Much of the material you read in each column will just be names and dates, since the meaning of those names (child, parents, godparents, minister) only has to be read once, in the column heading.

For more detail on the contents of these records and how to use them, see Norway Church Records and Norway Civil Registration.

Alphabetical Street Index for Kristiania (Oslo) year 1899[edit | edit source]

A description of the 17 districts (krets) in which the city was divided in 1899. A list is provided for all the streets in Oslo and which district they are located in. Since people usually attended their local church, this allow the researcher to know which church books to search as long as the street is known. A PDF file is also available, Veiviseren : Samlagsafstemmingen i Kristiania 1899 : Kredsinddellingen med Alfabetisk Gadefortegnelse.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Census[edit | edit source]

Images Available at The Digital Archives (Digitalarkivet)[edit | edit source]

National Censuses

Municipal Censuses

Images of some of the following censuses are available on the National Archives of Norway's Digitalarkivet Kommunale folketellinger site along with a link to the National Archive's catalog Arkivportalen. The Personal Data Act (Personopplysningsloven) specifies that municipal census records are restricted for 60 years, but the Public Administration Act (Forvaltningsloven) applies a period of 100 years for records that may contain information on child welfare or adoptions.

Aker[edit | edit source]

Images - Arkivportalen

Kristiania / Oslo[edit | edit source]

Images - Arkivportalen

Indexes Available at The Norwegian Historical Data Centre[edit | edit source]

Select Oslo from the list of localities on the search form

Records Available on Microfilm/Microfiche at The Family History Library[edit | edit source]

1664-1666[edit | edit source]

1801[edit | edit source]

  • Folketellingen den 1ste februar 1801 (Akershus) - Oslo city and Akershus County microfiche
  • Folketellingen den 1ste februar 1801, Norge - Oslo city microfilm no. 122986
  • Folketellingen den 1ste februar 1801, Norge - Vestre Aker clerical district microfilm and microfiche
  • Folketellingen den 1ste februar 1801 (Oslo og Akershus) - Oslo city and Akershus County microfilm
  • Folketellingen den 1ste februar 1801 (Akershus) - Akershus County including Olso city microfiche

1815[edit | edit source]

1865[edit | edit source]

1875[edit | edit source]

  • Folketellingen for kongeriket Norge den 31te desember 1875, Kristiania kjøpstad (Oslo) - 1875 census for Kristiania microfilm.
  • Folketellingen for kongeriket Norge den 31te desember 1875, Vestre Aker prestegjeld - Vestre Aker district microfilm
  • Folketellingen for kongeriket Norge den 31te desember 1875, Østre Aker prestegjeld - Østre Aker district microfilm.
  • Folketellinga 1875 for Kristiania (Oslo) - 1875 census for Oslo city with a given name and surname index microfiche

1900[edit | edit source]

  • Folketellingen for Norge den 3dje desember 1900, Vestre Aker and Østre Aker - Vestre Aker and Østre Aker districts microfilm
  • Folketellingen for Norge den 3dje desember 1900, Oslo by - Oslo City microfilm sorted by street name

Transcripts Available in Print at The Family History Library[edit | edit source]

Records Available Online at FamilySearch[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

The Norwegian Church (Den Norske Kirke) kept the vital statistics of the population. See Church Records for the contents and in-depth descriptions of the records. The links to the records available at the Family History Library are found in the individual parish under Parishes and Congregations in Oslo City Section.

Later church records which not have been microfilmed by the Family History Library can be found at Digitalarkivet. They are for Bekkelaget, Botsfengselet, Bredtvet, Bøler, Christi menighet (Dissenter), The First Methodist Church (Dissenter), Døves (deaf) congregation, Fagerborg, Grefsen, Hauge, Iladalen, Lilleborg, Majorstuen, Mangelrud, Markus, Matteus, Nordberg, Nordstrand, Ris, Røa, Sofienberg, Tonsen, Torshov, Tøyen, Ullevål sykehus, Vaterland, and Vålerenga.

Legal procedure, Penitentiary[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Occupations[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

Passenger Lists[edit | edit source]

Prison Records[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1656-1901 Probate records and indexes are found for Vestre Aker and Østre Aker in Aker judicial district at the Family History Library. The indexes are by farm name and/or given names. There is also a separate card index.
  • 1692-1899 Probate records for Kristiania (Oslo) city judicial district are found at the Family History Library. There are indexes by farm name or by given name in most of the books. Book 24 is an index for the years 1802-1833. It contains the record no., name of the deceased, when probate began and ended, name of the heirs and other miscellaneous information. The death registrations (dødsanmeldelser) contains the date recorded, the deceased's name, occupation and residence, heirs and whether or not there is a probate for the deceased.

Family History Resources[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]