Norway, Oslo, Akershus Prison Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Norway, Oslo, Akershus Prison Records, 1844-1885
This article describes a collection of records at
Oslo, Norway
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Record Description
Record Type Prison
Collection years: 1844-1885
Language: Norwegian
Title in the Language Norge, Oslo, Akershus Festnings Protokol, 1844-1885
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Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

These records are prisoner records (fangeprotokoll) from the Akershus festnings slaveri og arbeidsanstalt. If you suspect your ancestor was incarcerated for an offense they may be listed in this collection. The records provide personal details about the individual and list any other offenses and punishment.

The original records are housed at the National and Regional Archives facility in Sogensvann. The record classification is SAO/A-10691/K/Ka/L0018.

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Persons incarcerated in this facility were not limited to the Oslo area. People from all over the country may have been sentenced here. However, most of the people found in this record are from eastern Norway.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are in Norwegian. For help reading them see:

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

These records contain the following information:

  • Person's name
  • Prisoner number
  • Age
  • Birthplace
  • Marital status

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Column Headings[edit | edit source]

Norwegian English
Register Nr. Register Number
Fange Nr. Prisioner Number
Navn Name
Indkommen Date of incarceration
Straffetid Length of sentence
Alder Age
Fødested Birthplace
Attest om Konfirmation eller Kommunion Certificate of Confirmation or Communion
Om gift If Married
Børn Number of Children
Næringsvei Occupation
Fangens Kyndighed i Læsning, Kristendom og Skrivning Prisioners ability and understanding of Reading, Christianity and Writing
ved Indtradelsen At Incarceration
ved Losladelsen At Release
Fangens Forhold paa Skolen* Prisioner's at school
Fangens Kommunion inden Fængslet* Prisioner's attendance at Communion while in prision
Fangens diciplinaire Forhold Prisioner's conduct
Bemærkinger Other details

The two fields marked with an asterisk are crossed out in this volume and have Forbrydelse (Crime) written in their place.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information to find a copy of the court record where the offense was commited
  • Verify the birth information in other records
  • Use census records to identify family groups

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • There were other facilities in Oslo where prisoners could have been incarcerated. Contact the Regional Archive in Oslo or the Oslo City Archive to determine how to access these records.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Norway.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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