Jelsa (Jelsø) Parish, Rogaland, Norway Genealogy

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Guide to Jelsa, Norway ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

Jelsa (Jelsø) Parish
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Prestegjeld Jelsa
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Church Records[edit | edit source]

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  • Records begin in 1695 for Jelsa clerical district. It contains priest and sexton records from the parishes Jelsa, Sand and Erfjord. Erfjord was established in 1877 as its own parish. Included Sand parish until 1858. These records are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

  • Digital images of the church books are online at Digitalarkivet (Digital Archives).

Census Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1664-1666 Clerical Census: This census was taken by the local parish priests. It covers Jelsa clerical district and is available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It lists the name of the farms, names of farm owners, the sons of the farm owners, male farm hands, cottagers and their sons, and the ages of each person. There was another census taken by the civil authorities at this same time. Both censuses should be searched as they supplement each other. This clerical census is more complete. Also available online at Digitalarkivet (Digital Archives).

  • 1664-1666 Civil Census: This census was taken by the local civil authorities. It covers Jelsa clerical district and is available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It lists the names of the farms, farm owners, sons of farm owners, male farm hands, cottagers and sons of cottagers and the age of each person. The clerical authorities took a census during this same time period. Both censuses should be used as they supplement each other. The clerical census is more complete. Also available online at Digitalarkivet (Digital Archives).

  • 1701 Manntall: The 1701 tax census for Jelsa is available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It was taken for military purposes and lists only the males living in rural districts who were over the age of one year. It includes the farm name, name and age of the owner, names and ages of sons and servants. Also includes the residence of all unmarried males living away from home when the census was taken. Also available online at Digitalakrivet (Digital Archives).

  • 1801: The 1801 census for Jelsa clerical district includes Jelsa, Sand, and Erfjord parishes and is available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It lists the farm name, person's name, position in the household, age, marital status, and occupation. Also available in a searchable database online at Digitalarkivet (Digital Archives).

  • 1865: The 1865 census for Jelsa is available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It contains the persons name, residence, status in the family, occupation, sex, martial status, place of birth, religion if not a member of the state church, and other miscellaneous information. Each book usually contains one clerical district (prestegjeld). In some books there are two clerical districts recorded. The parishes and school districts in each clerical district are listed at the beginning of each book. Also available in a searchable database online at Digitalarkivet (Digital Archives).


  • 1875: The 1875 census for Jelsa is available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Slat Lake City. It contains the persons name, whether resident or temporary resident, those absent from the parish and their location at the time of the census, position in the family, occupation, sex, marital status, year of birth, place of birth, religion if not a member of the state church, and other miscellaneous information. Also available in a searchable database online at Digitalarkivet (Digital Archives).

  • 1891: The 1891 census for Jelsa is available in a searchable database online at Digitalarkivet (Digital Archives).

  • 1900: The 1900 census for Jelsa is available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It contains the persons name, whether resident or temporary resident, those absent from the parish, and their location at the time of the census, position in the family, marital status, occupation, date of birth, place of birth, citizenship, religion, and other miscellaneous information. Also available in a searchable database online at Digitalarkivet (Digital Archives).

  • 1910 The 1910 census for Jelsa is available in a searchable database online at Digitalarkivet (Digital Archives).

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Land Records[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

For 1666-1795 the probates are in the combined Ryfylke and Karmsund judicial district.
For 1786-1876 they are found in Ryfylke judicial district.
The clerical probates for 1729-1807 are found in Ryfylke deanery deanery. `

Availability[edit | edit source]

Ryfylke og Karmsund judicial district
*1666-1795 Family History Library
*1666-1795 Digitalarkivet
*1666-1788 Probate card indexes sorted by farm name Digitalarkivet

Ryfylke judicial district
*1786-1876 Family History Library
*1786-1876 Digitalarkivet

Ryfylke deanery
*1786-1807 Clerical probate records Family History Library
*1786-1807 Digitalarkivet.

Jelsa police station
*1864-1964 death protocol Digitalarkivet

Farm Book[edit | edit source]

Foldøy, Ola, "Jelsa," Suldal: Utgjevar Suldal kommune, 1967-1981

A genealogy of the people in Jelsa in Rogaland county along with some history of the farms and the area. In 1964 Jelsa became a part of the larger community called Suldal. With a supplement index by Jørg Eirik Waula in v. 1. 948.31/J1 D2f 2 vols. FHL INTL Book

The farms are found on the left-hand side of the page. The contents (innhald) can be sorted by place (Plass) or by farm number (Gardsnr.). The main farm is listed in capital letters while the smaller divisions of the farm are listed under it in lower case letters. When you click on the farm a list of names will pop up in the window below. Then click on a name and the window to the right will open showing the families. The text is in Norwegian, but the format is easy to follow.

Farm Names =[edit | edit source]

31 Aaserøen indre, 46 Aasland, 12 Askvik,

13 Bakken, 20 Bakkene, 4 Bandeberg, 41 Barkeland, 37 Berekvam, 10 Bergeland, 14 Berget, 8 Bjerge, 14 Bjørnevaagen, 1 Buer, 46 Buflaaten, 26 Bøen,

12 Dalestykket

2 Ekren

25 Fjetland, 11 Foldøen, 13 Frammigar, 46 Fuglestein, 46 Fureneset

39 Gjerde, 18 Gryte,

38 Haalemyren, 35 Hagen, 32 Hambornes, 21 Haug, 13 Hebnes, 28 Hellevik, 19 Holmen,35 Høivik,

indre,

32 Jaarvik indre, 38 Jelse, 38 Jelseneset, 14 Jægteviken,

5 Kaltveit, 20 Kalvik, 17 Kjølvik, 22 Kleppe, 26 Klevene, 38 Klunghaug, 14 Kringlemyren,

47 Landsnes, 24 Li, 44 Lovreslaatten, 35 Lunden,

13 Mallestuen, 27 Marvik med Hage, 15 Mehus, 8 Myren, 13 Myren

6 Naarstad, 37 Naustmyren, 20 Neset, 9 Nodland, 38 Nordnes,

13 Oppistuen, 34 Ottøen,

40 Præstegaarden med Sandene, 13 Præstestuen,

13 Randistuen, 43 Romsbotn med Sagen, 2 Røikjenes,

3 Seltveit, 19 Sillelien, 26 Sjurflaat, 19 Skaateviken, 23 Skimleim, 35 Skrædderneset, 17 Slaatten, 26 Soland, 13 Storstuen, 37 Straumberget,

19 Torflaat, 14 Tveite, 42 Tveiteraaen, 14 Tveitesjøen,

46 Ullestad, 30 Utlebøen,

7 Vatland, 19 Vatland,

45 Økstre med Slaatten, 16 Østhus, 30 Øvrebø,

References[edit | edit source]

Oluf Rygh: Norwegian Farm Names