Akershus County, Norway Genealogy
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Akershus is a county in Norway, bordering <a href="Hedmark County, Norway">Hedmark</a>, <a href="Oppland County, Norway">Oppland</a>, <a href="Buskerud County, Norway">Buskerud</a>, <a href="Oslo County, Norway">Oslo</a> and <a href="Østfold County, Norway">Østfold</a>. It has a short border with <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Sweden">Sweden</a>. Akershus is the second largest county in population after Oslo, with more than half a million inhabitants. The county is named after <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akershus_Fortress">Akershus Fortress</a>. The county administration is in Oslo, which is not part of the county per se.
History and Tidbits
Akershus became a fief in the 16th century, and then also included the current counties of Hedmark, Oppland, Buskerud and Oslo, as well as the municipalities of Askim, Eidsberg and Trøgstad in the county of Østfold. In 1662 Akershus became an Amt (County), and in 1685 Buskerud was separated from Akershus and became an Amt (County) of its own. In 1768 Hedmark and Oppland were also separated from Akershus to become Oplandenes Amt (County) (and Askim, Eidsberg and Trøgstad were transferred to Østfold). In 1842 the city of Christiania (Oslo) was made a separate Amt (County) as well. In 1919 the name Amt was changed to Fylke. In 1948 was Aker, the greatest and the most populous municipality of Akershus, transferred to the county of Oslo.
Government Offices and Sites
<a href="http://www.akershus.no">Akershus County Council</a>
Cities, Parishes, Clerical Districts in Akershus County
<a href="http://picasaweb.google.no/kirkefoto/KirkerIAkershus#">Photos of churches in Akershus County</a>
<a href="http://www.disnorge.no/oa-kroa/slektsress/bygdebok.html">Farm Books for Akershus County</a>
Family History Resources
1886 and 1838 land registers are found at <a href="http://www.rhd.uit.no/matrikkel/excel_e.html">The Norwegian Historical Data Centre</a>. 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.
<a href="http://digitalarkivet.uib.no/cgi-win/webcens.exe?slag=visbase&filnamn=mi02351756&spraak=e&metanr=2838">The Ullensaker Dragoon Regiment of 1756</a>
<a href="http://digitalarkivet.uib.no/cgi-win/webcens.exe?slag=visbase&filnamn=mi02311756&spraak=e&metanr=2839">The Skedsmo Dragoon Regiment of 1756</a>
<a href="http://digitalarkivet.uib.no/cgi-win/webcens.exe?slag=visbase&filnamn=mi02001748&spraak=e&metanr=2925">The Infantery Company of Ullensaker 1748</a>
<a href="http://digitalarkivet.uib.no/cgi-win/webcens.exe?slag=visbase&filnamn=mi02001767&spraak=e&metanr=2992">The Aker Dragoon Regiment of 1767</a>
<a href="http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:sk_read/search?forvaltning=&fylke=02&embete=&protokoll=&periode=&navn=">Digitized probate records online for Akershus County</a>
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