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Guide to Akershus ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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Akershus is a county in Norway, bordering Hedmark, Oppland, Buskerud, Oslo and Østfold. It has a short border with Sweden. Akershus is the second largest county in population after Oslo, with more than half a million inhabitants. The county is named after Akershus Fortress. The county administration is in Oslo, which is not part of the county per se.

History and Background[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Akershus County Council

Cities, Parishes, Clerical Districts in Akershus County[edit | edit source]

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Church Records/Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

  • Parish Register Headings for Norway: This pdf gives the translation of headings for the records in different time periods. When a record is written with labeled columns it is much easier to search. Much of the material you read in each column will just be names and dates, since the meaning of those names (child, parents, godparents, minister) only has to be read once, in the column heading.

Censuses[edit | edit source]

Farm Books[edit | edit source]

Farm Books for Akershus County

Family History Resources[edit | edit source]

Norwegian American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad
Romerikslag Homepage

Land Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Passenger Lists[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]


Probate Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

  • Nanumea
  • Nanumanga
  • Niutao

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  • Uvea
  • Sigave
  • Alo

Guide to Tokelau ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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Tokelau is a territory of New Zealand. It was formerly known as the Union Islands. The official languages are Tokelauan and English.[1]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Tokelau Research

Links to articles on getting started with Tokelau research.

Tokelau Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Tokelau research.

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Tokelau Map[edit | edit source]

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Tokelau.

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Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Tokelau. Atolls:

  • Atafu
  • Fakaofo
  • Nukunonu

FamilySearch Resources[edit | edit source]

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Tokelau," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 20 April 2016.

Guide to Easter Island ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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Country Information[edit | edit source]

Easter Island (or Rapa Nui) is the southeast corner of the triangle of Polynesian islands, but administered by Chile. The island lies 2500 miles west of the South American coast, and 2000 miles east of Tahiti in the other direction. It is 66 square miles in area.It is not tropical, and has no rivers.

It has large deposits of lapilli tuff, from which the early inhabitants made over 800 giant statues (called Moai) that look out to the sea.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has one branch on Easter Island.

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Historical background[edit | edit source]

400 -600 A.D. Inhabitants arrive from the Marquesas Islands or Mangareva, French Polynesia. (Some theories say they came from Uru, which is on the borders of Bolivia, Peru, and Chile.) (A 2008 theory says they came from Tonga.)
1722 Dutch Explorer, Jacob Roggeveen, names it for Easter, the day he arrived.
1770 Spanish explorer Don Felipe Gonzales, claims it for Spain, but this was never made official.
1755 The island is deforested and the clans are at war with one another. The bird man cult (tanganta manu) is pracitced.
1774 British James Cook and French Admiral Bouganville spend a few hours.
1800s Whalers introduce diseases.
1805 American ship kidnaps 22 islanders.
1860's Peruvian slave traders kidnap 1,407 islanders (one third of the island’s population).
1860's Peru sends 100 of the captives back, but only 10 survive, and they bring small pox to Easter Island.
1866 French missionaries set up hospitals and missions. The bird men cult ceases to be practiced.
1868 Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Dutrou-Du Bornier sets himself up as governor
1871 French missionaries leave. Two hundred Easter Islanders leave for Tahiti and 150 to Gambier. 1877 DuBornier makes the island into a sheep ranch. The 150 Easter Islanders who are left murder him.
1888 Chilean Captain, Policarpo Hurtado, takes possession of Easter Island in the name of Chile “forever.”
1870-1920 Various ship wrecks leave passengers on the island.
1914 Starving islanders revolt and request to go to Tahiti. Revolt did not succeed.
1934-1935 French ethnologist, Alfred Metraux, gathers information and writes Ethnoloygy of Easter Island, published by the Bishop Museum Press.
1952 Chilean Navy takes over the island. Keeps natives suppressed.
1955 Thor Hyerdahl, a Norwegian professor, brings his expedition to study the island.
1964 Another revolt. Elections ordered. Easter Islander named Rapu wins election. Suppression ends. Only those with Rapa Nui ancestry can own land on the island.
1967 Americans build tracking station and airfield. Commercial flights begin.
2000 There is a branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the island.

Map of Easter Island[edit | edit source]

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Resources available[edit | edit source]

Very few resources are available through the Library. The one genealogy book is:
Genealogy of the Kings of Rapa Nui, by William DeWitt Alexander is on film FHL US/CAN Film 1026225, item 2.

References[edit | edit source]