Troms County, Norway Genealogy

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

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Troms is a county in North Norway, bordering Finnmark to the northeast and Nordland in the southwest. To the south is Norrbotten Län in Sweden and further southeast is a shorter border with Lapland Province in Finland. To the west is the Norwegian Sea (Atlantic ocean). The entire county is located north of the Arctic circle. Until 1919 the county was known as Tromsø amt. On 1 July 2006, the Northern Sami name for the county, Romsa, was granted official status along with Troms.

Family History Resources[edit | edit source]

Government Offices and Sites[edit | edit source]

Troms County Council

Cities, Parishes, Clerical Districts in Troms County[edit | edit source]

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Map of Troms County[edit | edit source]

Troms County

Church Records/Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

  • Parish Register Headings for Norway: This pdf 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.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

(Online at Digitalarkivet)

Transcripts of Troms county census, 1769-1770. Avskrift av folketeljinga 1769-1770 for Troms at FamilySearch.

An inventory of the census records for the years 1769-1771, 1793, 1796, 1800-1801 for several clerical districts in Hålogaland diocese which includes these counties: Nordland, Troms, and Finnmark in Norway. Folketelling, 1769-1801 at FamilySearch.

The 1891 census for Bergen, Bergen and Troms county, Norway. This census contains the persones navn, sex, postion in the family marital status, when born, place of birth, religion if not member of the state church, occupation, and other miscellaneous information. Folketelling for kongeriget Norge den 1ste januar, 1891 at FamilySearch.

Census records in database format available at Digitalarkivet. They are for 1663-1666, 1701, 1801, 1845 (for Tromsø and Kvæfjord only), 1865, 1875, 1900. To search, first enter Troms for County, and then in the Census field, enter desired census year.

Farm Books[edit | edit source]

Troms A list of farm books which have been printed in order of place, with author, year of publication, and remarks.

Land Records[edit | edit source]

1886 and 1838 land registers are found at The Norwegian Historical Data Centre. These are Excel files, which can be downloaded. The give the name of the farm, the farm owner, and the amount of tax. Both farms and sub-farms are included.

Military Records [edit | edit source]

Passenger Lists[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]


Taxation[edit | edit source]