Rogaland County, Norway Genealogy

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Rogaland is a county in Norway, bordering Hordaland, Telemark, Aust-Agder and Vest-Agder. Rogaland is mainly a coastal region with fjords, beaches, and islands. It is the center of the Norwegian petroleum-industry, and as a result of this, Rogaland has the lowest unemployment rate of any county in Norway, 1.1%.

Family History Resources

Biographies and genealogies of some well known persons in Rogaland county. "Kjente Rogalendingers ætt: slektshistoriske oplysninger", by Ola Aurenes, 1984. 948.31 D3a FHL INTL Book

Government Offices and Sites


These are the modern civil divisions in Norway and are called "Kommune". They may encompass several parishes.

The website is the gateway to the public sector in Norway.

You may look at an alphabetical list for the whole country or you may view the list by county. For each municipality you will find telephone numbers, addresses, links to websites and E-mail links. There are both small scale and large scale location maps, links to the local library and library catalogs. The website can be toggled to English making this site very easy to use.

Karmøy Kommune

Use this link for direct access to Rogaland County.


Dalane region includes Bjerkreim, Egersund, Helleland, Lund and Sokndal clerical districts.

Jæren region includes Hetland (Frue), Høyland, , Håland, Klepp, Time (Lye) and Ogna clerical districts.

Karmøy region includes Avaldsnes, Kopervik (Stangeland), Skudenes, Skudeneshavn, Torvastad (Torvestad), Falnes, Ferkingstad and Åkra clerical districts.

Ryfylke region includes Hjelmeland, Høgsfjord, Jelsa, Sand, Strand, Suldal and Vikedal clerical districts.

Cities, Parishes, Clerical Districts in Rogaland County 


SuldalSaude (Sauda)SandErfjordSandeidVikedalImslandImslandVatsSkjoldNedstrand (Hinderå)SjernarøyTysværBokn (Bukken)FørdesfjordenAvaldsnesSkåreHaugesundTorvastad (Torvestad)UtsiraKopervikÅkraFerkingstadFalnesSkudenesRennesøyKvitsøy (Hvidingsø)Randaberg (Randeberg)MosterøySørbøHauskenHesbyFinnøy (Hesby)Talgøy (Talgje)FisterHjelmelandÅrdalForsand (Fossan)HøgsfjordHetland (FrueRiska (Riskekvernen)HøleStavangerStavangerMadlaSola (Sole)HålandSandnesHøylandBoreKleppOrreGjestalLyeTime (Lye)NærbøHåVarhaugOgnaBjerkreimEgersundHellelandHeskestadLundSokndal|Rogaland Parish MapRogaland Parishes 2x2.jpg


Rogaland county census list for 1758. This census was taken by the priests in Rogaland county. It was not a request of the King, therefore it is the only one of its kind in Norway. It includes the name of the clerical district, farm name, persons name, age, and position in the houshold.

Church Records

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 the Cities, Parishes, Clerical Districts in Rogaland County Section.

The National Archival Services of Norway maintains a website,, 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.

Photos of church buildings in Rogaland county are posted on Kirker i Norge blogspot.

Death Notices

Death notices are viewable only through about 1935 although the links show later records.

Emigration Records

"Utvandrere fra Rogaland", [Stavanger : Cleng Peerson Memorial Institute, 1988?] A history of the people who emigrated from Rogaland County, Norway to America from 1825 to the early 1900's. It gives the persons name, age or year of birth, spouse, children, death dates, occupations, where they came from, where they went, and other miscellaneous information. Includes the lists of names of persons who sailed on the "Restauration" in 1825, the "Norden" in 1836, "The Norske Klippe" in 1836, and the "Enigheden". Also includes persons who emigrated from Tysvær, Karmøy, Haugesund, and surrounding areas in Rogaland County, Norway. 948.31 W2k FHL INTL Book

Farm Books

Rogaland A list of farm books which have been printed in order of place, with author, year of publication, and remarks.

Farm books in Rogaland county can be purchased from Rogaland Historielag.

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.

Military Records

Probate Records

Digital images of the probate records for Rogaland county can be found online at Digitalarkivet.

Probate Jurisdictions