Østfold County, Norway Genealogy

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

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Østfold is a county in Norway, bordering Akershus County in Norway as well as the counties of  Älvsborg, Värmland and Göteborg och Bohus in Sweden. There was a name change in the early 1900 from Smaalenene to Østfold. Østfold is located east of the Oslo fjord and prior to the time of Harald Hårfagre ca. year 900 it was under Swedish rule.  Later, when Norway was under Danish rule it was divided into many small counties.  The old name for Oslofjorden was Fold and the meaning of Øst is East which translate to the name Østfold.  This name has roots back to 1543.

Cities[edit | edit source]

As of 2009 Østfold County has six cities:

See Østfold County


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

RømskogRødenesBåstadTrøgstadHærlandTrømborgEidsbergAskimHovinTomterHobølSpydebergSpydebergHeliMossVålerSvinndalSkiptvetOsRyggeRådeTuneVarteigRakkestadDegernesØymarkAremarkEnningdalIddHalden (Fredrikshald)ÅsakRokkeBergSkjebergUllerøy (Ullerø)IngedalRolvsøyGlemmenFredrikstadBorgeTorsnesKråkerøyOnsøyHvalerOstfold 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]

Parish priest's census (scanned)



The bailiff and the magistrate's census (scanned)


Searchable censuses

Farm Books[edit | edit source]

Family History[edit | edit source]

Norwegian American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad. Østfoldlag

The book is now available as a downloadable PDF file on the internet Østfoldslekt.

Government Offices and Sites[edit | edit source]

History and Tidbits[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]

Ostfold


Taxation[edit | edit source]