Norway, Probate Index Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903
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Record Description
Record Type Probate Index Cards
Collection years: 1640-1903
Language: Norwegian
Title in the Language Norge, Tinglysningskort 1640-1903
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Related Websites
The National Archives of Norway

What is in This Collection?

This collection is a card index to probates for the years 1640-1903. These index cards were created by staff of the regional archives (statsarkiv) in Norway and are typed or handwritten. Not all archives created these index so the collection does not cover all of Norway. For the indexes that do exist, they generally begin with the first volume of probates and go forward, but they do not all end at the same date. For example, the card index for Sør-Gudbrandsdal Sorenskriveri in Oppland County begins with volume 1 in 1682, but ends in 1859. The card index for Bamble Sorenskriver in Telemark County begins in 1695 with volume 2, and ends in 1972 with volume 11.

FamilySearch has indexes for the following counties:

  • Akershus
  • Aust-Agder
  • Buskerud
  • Hedmark
  • Oppland
  • Østfold
  • Rogaland
  • Telemark
  • Vest-Agder
  • Vestfold

The indexes are grouped by county, then by registration district (sorenskriveri). In each district the cards are arranged alphabetically by the name of the farm where the deceased lived, and then chronologically by year. The alphabetical arrangement begins with AA followed by A and ends with Æ and Ø.

Reading These Records

These records are in Norwegian. For help reading these records see the following guides:

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Each card contains the following information:

  • Probate district
  • Volume (inclusive dates)
  • Page number
  • Farm name
  • Parish
  • Date of probate
  • Name of the deceased & spouse
  • Name of children/heirs
  • Decision of the court

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the deceased
  • The parish of residence
  • The approximate death or probate date

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Norway.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903." Database. FamilySearch. : 1 August 2016. Riksarkivet, Oslo (National Archives of Norway, Oslo).
Record Citation:
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