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]

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.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemetery data for Oslo The name of a person can be entered along with a date if known. Click on the work "Søk" in the lower right to find possible matches. Sometimes entire families are found buried together.

DIS-Norges Gravminner i Norge

Gravferdsetaten i Oslo

Censuses[edit | edit source]

Census records avaialble in a scanned database online at Digital Archives:

Cenuses available in a searchable database online at the Norwegian Historical Data Centre for the years 1865, 1875, 1900 and 1910.

See The Norwegian Historical Data Centre at the University of Tromsø.

Census records available on microfilm/microfiche at the Family History Library.

  • Fogd og sorenskrivers manntall 1664-1666.  The 1664-1666 civil census for Vestre Aker and Østre Aker clerical district in Oslo microfilm no. 122977 item 2.

  • Sogneprestenes manntall 1664-1666.  The 1664-1666 clerical census for Vestre aker and Østre Aker clerical districts now in Oslo city on microfilm no. 122968 item 2.

  • Folketellingen den 1ste februar 1801 (Akershus).  1801 census index for Oslo city and Akershus County, available on microfiche at the Family History Library.

  • Folketellingen den 1ste februar 1801, NorgeThe 1801 census for Oslo city available on microfilm no. 122986

  • Folketellingen den 1ste februar 1801, Norge.  The 1801 census for Vestre Aker clerical district available on microfilm and microfiche.

  • Folketellingen den 1ste februar 1801 (Oslo og Akershus).  The 1801 census for Oslo city and Akershus County available on microfilm.

  • Folketellingen den 1ste februar 1801 (Akershus).  1801 census for Akershus County including Olso city available on microfiche.

  • 1875 census for Oslo city with a given name and surname index available on microfiche.

  • 1875 census for Kristiania (Oslo) available on microfilm.

  • 1875 census for Østre Aker parish now in Oslo City available on microfilm.

  • 1875 census for Kristiania (Oslo). This census is available on microfiche and is kept by the University of Tromsø.

  • 1885 census for Kristiania

  • 1900 for Vestre and Østre Aker clerical district now in Oslo city available microfilm.

  • 1900 census for Oslo city. available on microfilm sorted by street names.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Photos of churches in Oslo

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.

The National Archival Services of Norway maintains a website, Digitalarkivet, in which you can search in transcribed source material for free. Images of the original church books have also been placed there. The Digitised Parish Registers interface can be used in English, Norwegian (Bokmål), Norwegian (Nynorsk) or Samisk (Davvisámegiella). However, the records are written in Norwegian.

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]

Register of performing artists in Kristiania 1891-1903 (archived version of the website)

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]

Ten tips on finding ancestors in Oslo

Government Offices and Sites[edit | edit source]

Oslo Government Offices

Archives[edit | edit source]

Oslo Byarkiv

Statsarkivet i Oslo

Taxation[edit | edit source]