Aust-Agder County, Norway Genealogy

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

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Aust-Agder is a county (fylke) in Norway, bordering the counties Telemark, Rogaland, and Vest-Agder.  Until 1919, the name of the county was Nedenes amt.  Nedenes amt (fylke) was named after the old Nedenes farm. About 77% of the inhabitants live at the coast, where the main built area is. Tourism is important, as Arendal and the other coastal towns are popular attractions.  The county, which is located at Skagerrak coast, extends from Gjernestangern at Risør to Kvåsefjorden at Lillesand.  The inner parts of the area includeds Setesdalsheiene and Austheiene.  About 77% of the inhabitants live at the coast, where the main built area is. 

Cities, Parishes, Clerical Districts in Aust-Agder (Nedenes) County[edit | edit source]

BykleValleHylestadAustadSandnesByglandÅrdalHornnesEvjeIvelandTovdalGjøvdalÅmliMyklandVegusdalBirkenesHerefossFrolandTvedestrandHoltVegårsheiGjerstadSøndeled (Sønneløv)Søndeled (Sønneløv)RisørDypvågFlostaStokkenAustre MolandTromøyArendalHisøyØyestadLandvikFjæreGrimstadEideVestre MolandLillesandHøvågAust-Agder Parishes 2x2.jpg

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]

Family History Resources [edit | edit source]

History and Government Offices[edit | edit source]

Aust-Agder fylke (county) was until 1919 Nedenes amt (county).  The amt was named after the old Nedenes farm (Norse Niðarnes), since this was the seat of the amtmann (County Governor).  The meaning of the name Aust Agder is "(the) eastern (part of) Agder" since the word aust is the nynorsk form of "east".

Farm Books[edit | edit source]

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.

Passenger Lists[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

  • Arendal 1709-1871
  • Risør 1709-1779
  • Nedenes 1692-1784
  • Ø. Raabygelag 1738-48
  • V. Raabygelag (Now Setesdal) 1697-1786

Probate Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]


Taxation[edit | edit source]

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