Torvastad (Torvestad), Norway

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Church Records

Torvastad clerical district records began in 1753. They contain priest and sexton records from the parishes Torvastad and Utsira. Included Haugesund and Skåre until 1879.

A typewritten extraction of the parish registers from Torvastad clerical district which includes the parishes Torvastad, Skåre and Utsira for the years 1753 to 1865.

Digital images of the church books are available at Digitalarkivet.

Torvastad: 1753-1817

Torvastad / Skåre: 1817-1847, 1850-1877

Torvastad / Skåre: 1847-1856

Torvastad: 1817-1924

Torvastad / Utsira: 1817-1925

Census Records

This census was taken by the local parish priests. It lists the name of the farms, names of farm owners (including widows), the sons of the farm owners, male farm hands, cottagers and their sons, and the ages of each person. There was another census taken by the civil authorities at this same time. Both censuses should be searched as they supplement each other. This clerical census is more complete.

1663-1666 Census for Stavanger district Database

The census of 1701 was taken for military purposes. It lists only the males living in rural districts who were over the age of one year. It includes the farm name, name and age of the owner, names and ages of sons and servants. May also include the residence of a male servant if he came from a different clerical district.

Manntallet 1701 for Stavanger amt Database

The 1801 census (b. 39) for Torvastad clerical district includes Torvastad (Torvestad) and Skåre parishes. It lists the farm name, person's name, position in the household, age, marital status, and occupation.

1801-telling for Torvastad Database

This census contains the persons name, residence, status in the family, occupation, sex, martial status, place of birth, age, religion if not a member of the state church, and other miscellaneous information. Each book usually contains one clerical district (prestegjeld). In some books there are two clerical districts recorded. The parishes and school districts in each clerical district are listed at the beginning of each book.

1865-telling for TorvestadDatabase

This 1875 census contains the persons name, whether resident or temporary resident, those absent from the parish and their location at the time of the census, position in the family, occupation, sex, marital status, year of birth, place of birth, religion if not a member of the state church, and other miscellaneous information

1875-teljinga for Torvestad Database

This census contains the persons name, sex, whether resident or temporary resident, those absent from the parish and their location at the time of the census, position in the family, marital status, occupation, year of birth, place of birth, citizenship, religion, and other miscellaneous information.

1900-telling for Torvestad Database

  • 1910 Census (Folketellingen]

1910 Census search at Digitalarkivet

Court Records

Land Records

Probate Records

For 1666-1795 the probates are found in Ryfylke og Karmsund judicial district.
For 1793-1901 they are found in Karmsund judicial district.
The clerical probates for 1692-1812 are found in Karmsund deanery.


Ryfylke og Karmsund judicial district
*1666-1795 Family History Library
*1666-1795 Digitalarkivet
*1666-1815 Probate card indexes sorted by farm name Digitalarkivet

Karmsund judicial district
*1793-1901 Family History Library
*1793-1901 Digitalarkivet.

Karmsund deanery
*1692-1812 Clerical probate records Family History Library
*1692-1812 Digitalarkivet

Torvestad police station
*1883-1965 death protocol Digitalarkivet

Farm Book

A genealogy of the people and a history of the farms in Torvastad on Karmøy. Ketland, Birger, "Torvastad," [S.l.]: Utgitt av Bygdebokutvalget i Karmøy, 1979. 948.31/T2 D2k FHL INTL Book

Farm Book on the Internet

Karmøy Genealogy Club is creating an internet accessable listing of the families who have lived on Karmøy. The sources for this website are "Bygdebok for Karmøy," Norges Bybyggelse, notes of Johannes Mjølhus, the church books, probate records, census records, and private family information.

The family listings are by the farm which they lived on. The explanation of the website is in English but the family information is in Norwegian.

You will find a list of all the farms which are found in the modern Karmøy kommune. As the information comes available there will be a link from the table to the information on a specific farm. On the internet you will only find information of those inhabitants who had registered descendants. A more complete listing is found in the office in Skudeneshavn. You can E-mail inquires to

Farm Names

16 Ankerskjæret 22 Bø 12 Dale 22 Ekrene 16 Friborgskjæret 8 Fæøen 9 Grøningen 19 Gunnarshaug 13 Haaland nordre 2 Hauge nedre 3 Hauge øvre 14 Hausken 19 Lien 17 Lillesund 23 Mokseim 21 Neset 20 Nordbø 24 Noreim 15 Osnes 7 Præstegaarden 15 Rabben 22 Salhusvik 11 Skjølingstad 25 Spanne 4 Stange 18 Storesund 19 Storhaug 10 Sæbø 6 Torvestad 18 Træet 8 Ulvøen 16 Vibrandsøen 17 Viken 5 Vikingstad 1 Viks-Haaland 8 Vindkjeftholmen 21 Øvrebø


Oluf Rygh: Norwegian Farm Names