Vestfold County, Norway Genealogy

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

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Vestfold is a county in Norway, bordering Buskerud and Telemark. Many islands are located at the coast. Vestfold is mostly dominated by lowland and is among the best agricultural areas of Norway. Vestfold is known for shipping and sailing. Formerly a headquarters for whaling fleets, the coastal towns of Vestfold now engage in fishing and shipbuilding.

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

BrunlanesTanumKjoseStavernTjøllingLarvikHedrumKveldeSandar (Sandeherred)TjømeNøtterøySandefjordStokkeTønsbergSlagenSemSkjeeArnadal (Arendal)KodalHvarnesAndebuStyrvollHøyjordLardalHemRamnesÅsgårdstrandHortenBorreNykirkeUndrumsdalRamnesVivestadFonVåleBotneHillestadVassåsHofSandeStrømm (Strømmen)SkogerKonnerudStrømsgodsetVestfold Parishes 2x2.jpg

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.

Censuses[edit | edit source]

Family History Resources[edit | edit source]

Government Offices and Sites[edit | edit source]

Farm Books[edit | edit source]

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]

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Taxation[edit | edit source]