Aust-Agder County, Norway Genealogy

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Aust-Agder is a county (fylke) in Norway, bordering the counties Telemark, Rogaland, and Vest-Agder.  Until 1919, the name of the county was Nedenes amt.  Nedenes amt (fylke) was named after the old Nedenes farm. About 77% of the inhabitants live at the coast, where the main built area is. Tourism is important, as Arendal and the other coastal towns are popular attractions.  The county, which is located at Skagerrak coast, extends from Gjernestangern at Risør to Kvåsefjorden at Lillesand.  The inner parts of the area includeds Setesdalsheiene and Austheiene.  About 77% of the inhavitants live at the coast, where the main built area is. 

Cities, Parishes, Clerical Districts in Aust-Agder County

BykleValleHylestadAustadSandnesByglandÅrdalHornnesEvjeIvelandTovdalGjøvdalÅmliMyklandVegusdalBirkenesHerefossFrolandTvedestrandHoltVegårsheiGjerstadSøndeled (Sønneløv)Søndeled (Sønneløv)RisørDypvågFlostaStokkenAustre MolandTromøyArendalHisøyØyestadLandvikFjæreGrimstadEideVestre MolandLillesandHøvågAust-Agder Parishes 2x2.jpg


Church Records

Photos of churches in Aust-Agder.

Family History Resources 

History and Government Offices

Aust-Agder fylke (county) was until 1919 Nedenes amt (county).  The amt was named after the old Nedenes farm (Norse Niðarnes), since this was the seat of the amtmann (County Governor).  The meaning of the name Aust Agder is "(the) eastern (part of) Agder" since the word aust is the nynorsk form of "east".

Farm Books

Land Records

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.

Passenger Lists

Probate Records

Digitized probate records online for Aust-Agder County

Read about this service Digitised probate records

Probate Records for Aust-Agder, 1653-1712

Probate Records, Index for Aust-Agder includes the following judicial districts:

  • Arendal 1709-1871
  • Risør 1709-1779
  • Nedenes 1692-1784
  • Ø. Raabygelag 1738-48
  • V. Raabygelag (Now Setesdal) 1697-1786

Probate Jurisdictions



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