Finding Norwegian Bygdebøkers Held at the University of Minnesota Libraries

The University of Minnesota Libraries has a large collection of bygdeboker (farm book) and other sources of Norwegian local history.

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 from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota  Print guide is also available: TC Wilson Library General Collection Quarto CS913 .S53 2005  
  5. Bygdebøker from RootsWeb  


Last Updated: May 15, 2024 9:24 AM