Østfold is a county in Norway, bordering Akershus County in Norway as well as the counties of Älvsborg, Värmland and Göteborg och Bohus in Sweden. There was a name change in the early 1900 from Smaalenene to Østfold. Østfold is located east of the Oslo fjord and prior to the time of Harald Hårfagre ca. year 900 it was under Swedish rule. Later, when Norway was under Danish rule it was divided into many small counties. The old name for Oslofjorden was Fold and the meaning of Øst is East which translate to the name Østfold. This name has roots back to 1543.
As of 2009 Østfold County has six cities:
See Østfold County
Cities, Parishes, Clerical Districts in Østfold County
Church Records/Civil Registration
- These are the most important records you will use, and a majority of your research will be found in them. All civil registration was kept by the church parishes until 2012.
- By clicking on the parish links above, you may find direct links to all the records for that parish.
- You do not have to be fluent in Norwegian. These records use a very limited, specialized vocabulary that is easy to learn. For help reading and interpreting theses records, see Norwegian Genealogical Word List, Norway Handwriting, and Reading Scandinavian Gothic Handwritten Records Lessons 1: Scandinavian Gothic Letters, 2: Names, Words, and Dates, and 3: Handwritten Records.
- For more detail on the contents of these records and how to use them, see Norway Church Records and Norway Civil Registration.
Parish priest's census (scanned)
The bailiff and the magistrate's census (scanned)
Norwegian American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad. Østfoldlag
The book is now available as a downloadable PDF file on the internet Østfoldslekt.
Government Offices and Sites
History and Tidbits
1886 and 1838 land registers are found at The Norwegian Historical Data Centre. These are Excel files, which can be downloaded. The give the name of the farm, the farm owner, and the amount of tax. Both farms and sub-farms are included.
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