Administrative divisions


Geographical Civil Judicial Districts Ecclesiastical
Landsdeler (regions)

Specific place names (cities, towns, valleys, tundras, etc.)

by - town or city

landsby - hamlet, rural village

gårdbondegårdgaard - farm

Fylker (counties)

  • formerly Amt
  • see map for location of Norway's 19 fylker

Kommuner - municipalities

also:bykommune (townships)

  • herredkommune
  • herred
  • herad


Lagsogn or logsokn

Domssogn or domsokn

Bispedømme (bishopric or diocese)

  • formerly Stift
  • see map for locations

Prosti - deanery

Prestegjeldsogn or sokn - parish


Geographical divisions

Norges Statskalender

Contains a good map and a complete listing of Norwegian counties, municipalities, parishes, etc.

• Location(s): TC Wilson Library General Collection JN7405 .A3x

Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability



Additional information concerning Norwegian genealogical research can be found at the following websites:

  1. Census of Norway from the year 1801, presented by The Department of History, University of Bergen  
  2. Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet: Norway/Norge  
  3. Find Your Roots in Stavanger: The Norwegian Emigration Center
  4. Guide to Norwegian bygdebøker : Family history room, Elwyn B. Robinson department of special collections, Chester Fritz library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota  
  5. • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto CS913 .S54x 1998 Non-Circulating
  6. Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  7. Bygdebøker from RootsWeb  
  8. How to Trace Your Ancestors in Norway  
  9. • Location(s): Wilson Library General Collection Quarto CS912 .N67 1993
  10. Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability


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