If you are searching the Family History Library Catalog to find microfilm numbers, or have accesssed the Norwegian church records via the FamilySearch Research Wiki, the following is what to look for to indicate which parish’s books you are in (for example, Aurskog præstegjeld, which includes Aurskog and Blaker parishes):
- Døpte (christenings) b. 1 1707-1735 If no parish name is given after the time period, that means the records for both parishes are intermixed.
- Døpte (christenings) b. 4 1807-1814 (Aurskog) 1807-1814 (Blaker) The christenings for Aurskog parish are recorded first in book 4, then the christenings for Blaker parish.
- Døpte (christenings) Kl.b. 7 1858-1883 (Aurskog) Book 7 only contains records of those christened in Aurskog parish church for the time period indicated. If your ancestors are christened in Blaker parish, you’ll not find them in this book.
The small “b.” means that is the book is kept by the minister. The “Kl.b.” means it is the book kept by the deacon, or perhaps assistant minister. The books are supposed to be an exact duplicate of each other, but there are times when one book has more information than the other. If you note that there is both a minister’s book and a deacon’s copy for the time period you are searching, it is strongly advised you look at both. One may be written in a better hand than the other, or, as indicated, one may have more information than the other.
Be aware that if you are looking at the listing of church records found at the Norwegian digital archives site, the word Ministerialbok is used instead of the small “b,” and the word Klokkerbok is used instead of the “Kl.b.” To indicate that the book and time period only cover one parish, not the whole district, the entries are listed as in this example: Aurskog/Blaker: 1858-1885. That means that by clicking on this entry you will only see the church record images for Blaker parish, not Aurskog and Blaker.
To access free images of the Norwegian parish registers via the FamilySearch Research Wiki, see the Norway Church Records article.
Good luck with your Norwegian research! If you need further help, you can post questions on FamilySearch Forums.