The jursidictional heirarchy is different for church records and civil records.
For finding ecclesiastical records, Norway is broken down into the following levels of jurisdiction within the country:
- County = Fylke
- District, which usually contained two or more parishes = Prestegjeld
- Parish, which is the local, ecclesiastical record-keeping unit for vital records = Sokn
The civil jurisdiction where land, tax, probate, and other types of records are created is called the Sorenskriveri.
The system for land division and registration is called the Matrikkel.