Norway > Oslo City & County
Oslo is the capital and largest city in Norway. Founded around 1048 by King Harald III of Norway, the town was largely destroyed by a fire in 1624. The Danish-Norwegian king Christian IV rebuilt the city as Christiania (later spelling Kristiania). Oslo, then an alternative name, became official again in 1925.
The city of Oslo was established as a municipality on 3 January 1838. It was separated from the county of Akershus to become a county of its own in 1842. The rural municipality of Aker was merged with Oslo on 1 January 1948 and simultaneously transferred from Akershus county to Oslo county.
The urban municipality (bykommune) of Oslo and county (fylke) is the same entity, making Oslo the only city in Norway where two administrative levels are integrated.
Family History Resources
Ten tips on finding ancestors in Oslo
Government Offices and Sites
Oslo Government Offices
Statsarkivet i Oslo
Parishes and Congregations in Oslo City
A description of the 17 districts (krets) in which the city was divided in 1899. A list is provided for all the streets in Oslo and which district they are located in. Since people usually attended their local church, this allow the researcher to know which church books to search as long as the street is known.
Cemetery data for Oslo The name of a person can be entered along with a date if known. Click on the work "Søk" in the lower right to find possible matches. Sometimes entire families are found buried together.
DIS-Norges Gravminner i Norge
Gravferdsetaten i Oslo
Census records avaialble in a searchable database online at Digital Archives:
Manntall 1664-66 for Bragernæs prosti
Census for Vaterland in Christiania 1714
1801 Census for Christiania
1865 Census for Christiania
1875 Census for Christiania
1885-teljinga for 0301 Kristiania
1900 Census for Christiania
1910 Census for Oslo
Cenuses available in a searchable database online at the Norwegian Historical Data Centre for the years 1865, 1875, 1900 and 1910.
See The Norwegian Historical Data Centre at the University of Tromsø.
Census records available on microfilm/microfiche at the Family History Library.
- Fogd og sorenskrivers manntall 1664-1666. The 1664-1666 civil census for Vestre Aker and Østre Aker clerical district in Oslo microfilm no. 122977 item 2.
- Sogneprestenes manntall 1664-1666. The 1664-1666 clerical census for Vestre aker and Østre Aker clerical districts now in Oslo city on microfilm no. 122968 item 2.
- Folketellingen den 1ste februar 1801 (Akershus). 1801 census index for Oslo city and Akershus County, available on microfiche at the Family History Library.
- Folketellingen den 1ste februar 1801, Norge. The 1801 census for Oslo city available on microfilm no. 122986
- Folketellingen den 1ste februar 1801, Norge. The 1801 census for Vestre Aker clerical district available on microfilm and microfiche.
- Folketellingen den 1ste februar 1801 (Oslo og Akershus). The 1801 census for Oslo city and Akershus County available on microfilm.
- Folketellingen den 1ste februar 1801 (Akershus). 1801 census for Akershus County including Olso city available on microfiche.
- Folketellinga 1875 for Kristiania (Oslo). 1875 census for Oslo city with a given name and surname index. Available on microfiche.
- Folketellingen for kongeriket Norge den 31te desember 1875. The 1875 census for Kristiania (Oslo). Available on microfilm.
- Folketellingen for kongeriket Norge den 31te desember 1875. The 1875 census for Østre Aker parish now in Oslo City. Available on microfilm.
- Folketellinga 1875 for Kristiania (Oslo). The 1874 census for Kristiania (Oslo). This census is available on microfiche and is kept by the University of Tromsø.
- Folketellingen for Norge den 3dje desember 1900. The 1900 census for Vestre and Østre Aker clerical district now in Oslo city. Available on microfilm.
- Folketellingen for Norge den 3dje desember 1900. The 1900 census for Oslo city. Available on microfilm sorted by street names.
Photos of churches in Oslo
The Norwegian Church (Den Norske Kirke) kept the vital statistics of the population. See Church Records for the contents and in-depth descriptions of the records. The links to the records available at the Family History Library are found in the individual parish under Parishes and Congregations in Oslo City Section.
The National Archival Services of Norway maintains a website, Digitalarkivet.uib.no, in which you can search in transcribed source material for free. Images of the original church books have also been placed there. The Digitised Parish Registers interface can be used in English, Norwegian (Bokmål), Norwegian (Nynorsk) or Samisk (Davvisámegiella). However, the records are written in Norwegian.
Later church records which not have been microfilmed by the Family History Library can be found at Digitalarkivet. They are for Bekkelaget, Botsfengselet, Bredtvet, Bøler, Christi menighet (Dissenter), The First Methodist Church (Dissenter), Døves (deaf) congregation, Fagerborg, Grefsen, Hauge, Lilleborg, Majorstuen, Mangelrud, Markus, Matteus, Nordberg, Nordstrand, Ris, Røa, Sofienberg, Tonsen, Torshov, Tøyen, Ullevål sykehus, Vaterland, and Vålerenga.
Legal procedure, Penitentiary
Register fangealburm ved Botsfengslet 1885-1894
The Aker dragoon regiment of 1767
Returned citizenships and testemonials, Kristiania 1828
Citizenships in Christiania, 1698-1799
Borgarar i Christiania, 1815
Kontrabok over inntekter fra ekteskapsbevillinger i forbudte ledd i Christiania Stift 1731-1738
Register of performing artists in Kristiania 1891-1903
Emigration from Oslo 1867-1930
Emigrants sailing from Kristiania 1871-1930
Passasjer og mannskap på D/S Norge 28 June 1904
Register til fangealbum for Christiania politikammer 1885-1899 (List of prisoners 1885-1899).
Digitised probate records for Oslo
- 1656-1901 Probate records and indexes are found for Vestre Aker and Østre Aker in Aker judicial district at the Family History Library. The indexes are by farm name and/or given names. There is also a separate card index.
- 1692-1899 Probate records for Kristiania (Oslo) city judicial district are found at the Family History Library. There are indexes by farm name or by given name in most of the books. Book 24 is an index for the years 1802-1833. It contains the record no., name of the deceased, when probate began and ended, name of the heirs and other miscellaneous information. The death registrations (dødsanmeldelser) contains the date recorded, the deceased's name, occupation and residence, heirs and whether or not there is a probate for the deceased.