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Telemark kirkebøker (parish records)

About this list:

    I have compiled the information on this list from the LDS Family History Catalog as well as from information from the web site of the Norwegian National Archives.  It contains a list of the parish records - kirkebøker - from Telemark that have been microfilmed. Parish records that have not been microfilmed are not included in this list, and these parish records can only be viewed at the Norwegian State Archive if they are more than 60 years old.
     I have translated the word prestegjeld as "clerical district" and the word sokn as "parish". This is the convention used in the LDS Family History Catalog.
 
 
 
 
  Bamble   Gransherad   Lunde   Rjukan   Solum
  Brevik   Heddal   Lårdal   Sannidal   Tinn
    Hjartdal   Mo   Sauherad   Vinje
  Drangedal   Holla   Nissedal   Seljord  
  Eidanger   Kragerø   Notodden   Siljan  
  Fyresdal   Kviteseid   Porsgrunn   Skien  
  Gjerpen   Langesund   Rauland   Skåtøy  
Dissenter congregations: Skien frie apostoliske Christelige Menighed

Note:
     Lysningsbok (Public announcement of forthcoming marriage) exists only for Bamble, Eidanger, Gjerpen, Heddal, Kragerø, Kviteseid, Porsgrunn, Sannidal, Skien, Solum and Tinn clerical districts.
    Forlovererklæringer (Declarations of marriage engagements) exists only for Fyresdal and Solum clerical districts.
    Sjeleregister (Register of souls) - maintained during the 1700's, usually at the request of the bishop, to control the ability of children and young persons to read, exists only for Eidanger, Gjerpen, Hjartdal, Kviteseid, Porsgrunn, Seljord and Tinn clerical districts.
 
 

Bamble

Bamble parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1702-1900.  Bamble clerical district includes the parishes of Bamble and Stathelle.  It also included the parishes of Kragerø, Sannidal and Skåtøy until 1738, when Kragerø and Sannidal (with Skåtøy parish) were separated out as new clerical districts.   In addition, Bamble clerical district included Langesund parish until 1915 when this parish was separated out to form Langesund clerical district
 
 
 

Brevik

Brevik parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1705-1924.  Brevik clerical district consists of one parish: Brevik.  Brevik clerical district was separated from Eidanger clerical district in 1861.  For earlier parish records see Eidanger clerical district.
     Note:  see also Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brevik branch, under Dissenter congregations.
 
 

Bø parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1689-1930.  Bø clerical district consists of Bø parish. It also included Lunde parish until 1866 and Ytre Flåbygd parish from 1845 until 1866. (Ytre Flåbygd parish was annexed to Bø from Kviteseid clerical district in 1845).  Lunde parish and Ytre Flåbygd parish were separated out in 1866 to form Lunde Clerical district.  For earlier parish records for Ytre Flåbygd parish see Kviteseid clerical district.
 
 
 

Drangedal

Drangedal parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1697-1933.  Drangedal clerical district consists of two parishes: Drangedal and Tørdal (Tørrisdal)
 
 
 

Eidanger

Eidanger parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1695-1927.  Eidanger clerical district consists of Eidanger parish.  It also included Østre Porsgrunn parish until 1763 when this parish was separated out and became Porsgrunn clerical district.  It also included Siljan (Slemdal) parish until 1847 when this parish was transferred to Gjerpen clerical district, and Brevik parish until 1861 when this parish was separated out to become Brevik clerical district.
 
 
 

Fyresdal

Fyresdal parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1724-1918.  Fyresdal clerical district includes the parishes Moland, Veum and Hægland (Heggland).  (Hægland parish was discontinued in 1845 and merged with Moland parish).  Fyresdal clerical district also included Mo and Skafså parishes until 1769, when these two parishes were separated out to form Mo clerical district.
 
 
 
 
 

Gjerpen

Gjerpen parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1681 - 1931.  Gjerpen clerical district consists of Gjerpen parish and Borgestad chapel.  This clerical district was created in 1738 when Gjerpen parish in Skien clerical district was separated out to become its own clerical district.  Gjerpen clerical district included Solum parish and Mælum parish from the time Gjerpen clerical district was created in 1738 until 1856 when these two parishes were separated out to become Solum clerical district.  In addition, Gjerpen clerical district included Siljan (Slemdal) parish from 1847 to 1856 .  Siljan (Slemdal) parish was originally an annex parish was in Eidanger clerical district until it was transferred to Gjerpen clerical district in 1847.  In 1856 Siljan (Slemdal) parish was separated out to become Siljan clerical district.  (The name Slemdal was changed to Siljan in 1917).
 
 
 

Gransherad

Gransherad parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1800 - 1921.  Gransherad clerical district consists of the parishes Gransherad and Hovin.  Gransherad clerical district was established in 1859 when Gransherad parish was separated out from Hjartdal clerical district and Hovin parish was separated out from Tinn clerical district to form a new clerical district.  For earlier parish records see Hjartdal clerical district and Tinn clerical district.
 
 
 

Heddal

Heddal parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1648 - 1933.  Heddal clerical district consists of two parishes: Heddal (Hitterdal) and Lisleherad Lilleherred).   It also used to include Notodden parish which was separated out in 1913 to form Notodden clerical district.
     Note: The LDS Family History Library catalog includes Notodden parish under Heddal clerical district.
 
 
 
 

Hjartdal

Hjartdal parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1685 - 1907.  Hjartdal clerical district consists of three parishes: Hjartdal, Sauland and Tuddal.  It also used to include Gransherad parish which was separated out in 1859 to become Gransherad clerical district.
 
 
 

Holla

Holla parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1718 - 1928.  Holla clerical district consists of two parishes: Holla (Hollen) and Helgen.
 
 
 
 

Kragerø

Kragerø parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1702 - 1927.  Kragerø clerical district consists of one parish: Kragerø.  In 1738 Kragerø parish and Sannidal (Sannikedal) parish were were separated out from Bamble clerical district to form Kragerø clerical district.   In 1868 Sannidal (Sannikedal) parish was separated out from Kragerø clerical district to form Sannidal clerical district.  For parish records for Sannidal from 1702 - 1927 see Sannidal clerical district.
 
 

Kviteseid

Kviteseid parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1755 - 1933.  Kviteseid clerical district consists of three parishes: Kviteseid (Hvidesøe), Brunkeberg and Vrådal. Until 1810 it also included Nissedal parish and Treungen parish which in that year were separated out to form Nissedal clerical district.  It also included Ytre Flåbygd parish which was transferred to clerical district in 1845.
 
 

Langesund

Langesund parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1783 - 1918.  Langesund clerical district consists of one parish: Langesund.  This parish was separated out from Bamble clerical district in 1915.  See Bamble clerical district for earlier records.
 
 
 

Lunde

Lunde parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1845 - 1914.  Lunde clerical district consists of two parishes: Lunde and Ytre Flåbygd.  These two parishes were separated out from clerical district to create Lunde clerical district in 1866.  (Ytre Flåbygd parish had previously been part of Kviteseid clerical district, but  had been transferred to Bø clerical district in 1845).  For earlier records see clerical district.  For parish records for Ytre Flåbygd parish prior to 1845 see Kviteseid clerical district).
 
 

Lårdal

Lårdal parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1721 - 1900.  Lårdal clerical district consists of three parishes: Lårdal, Eidsborg and Høydalsmo.  It also included Øyfjell parish until 1859 when this parish was separated out to become part of the new Rauland clerical district.
 
 

Mo

Mo parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1724 - 1914.  Mo clerical district consists of two parishes: Mo and Skafså (Skafse).  These two parishes were separated out from Fyresdal clerical district in 1769 to form Mo clerical district.
 
 
 

Nissedal

Nissedal parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1811 - 1893.  Nissedal clerical district consists of two parishes: Nissedal and Treungen.  These two parishes were separated out from Kviteseid clerical district in 1810 to form Nissedal clerical district.  For earlier parish records see Kviteseid clerical district.
 
 
 

Notodden

Notodden parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1912 - 1924.  Notodden clerical district consists of one parish: Notodden.  This clerical district was created in 1913 when Notodden parish was separated out from Heddal clerical district.  For earlier parish records see Heddal clerical district.
 
 
 

Porsgrunn

Porsgrunn parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1764 - 1929.  Porsgrunn clerical district consists of two parishes: Vestre Porsgrunn (Western Porsgrunn) and Østre Porsgrunn (Eastern Porsgrunn). Until 1763 Østre Porsgrunn parish was part of Eidanger clerical district, and Vestre Porsgrunn parish was part of Solum clerical district. In that year these two parishes were separated out to form the new Porsgrunn clerical district.  For earlier parish records see Eidanger clerical district and Solum clerical district respectively.
     Note: The LDS Family History Library Catalog also includes a "Register of Births" from the British Consulate in Porsgrunn covering the time period 1876 - 1891.  It is listed under the title "Consulate birth register, 1876 - 1891"
 
 
 

Rauland

Rauland parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1814 - 1886.  Rauland clerical district consists of three parishes: Rauland, Øyfjell and Møsstrand.  Rauland clerical district was created in 1859 when Rauland parish was separated out from Vinje clerical district, Øyfjell parish was separated out from Lårdal clerical district, and Møsstrand parish was created by separating out an area from thee clerical districts: Vinje, Seljord and Tinn.  For earlier parish records see these respective clerical districts.
 
 
 

Rjukan

Rjukan clerical district was created in 1948 when Rjukan parish was separated out from Tinn clerical district.  The LDS Family History catalog lists Rjukan parish records under Tinn clerical district.
 
 
 
 
 

Sannidal

Sannidal parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1702 - 1922.  Sannidal clerical district consists of Sannidal (Sannikedal) parish.  It also used to include Skåtøy parish until 1877 when this parish was separated out to become Skåtøy clerical district.  Sannidal (Sannikedal) parish and Skåtøy parish were originally part of Bamble clerical district until 1738 when they were transferred to Kragerø clerical district.  In 1868 these two parishes were separated out to create Sannidal clerical district.
 
 

Sauherad

Sauherad parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1649 - 1912.  Sauherad clerical district consists of the parishes Sauherad (Saude) and Nes.
 
 
 

Seljord

Seljord parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1655 - 1926.  Seljord clerical district consists of the parishes Seljord (Sillejord), Flatdal and Åmotsdal.  Some early records were lost in fires in 1654 and 1689.  See Hjartdal clerical district film number 126944 book 1 for a few entries for the year 1713.
 
 
 

Siljan

Siljan parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1831 - 1927.  Siljan clerical district consists of Siljan (Slemdal) parish.  This parish was originally an annex parish in Eidanger clerical district until 1847 when it was transferred to Gjerpen clerical district.  In 1856 Siljan (Slemdal) parish was separated out from Gjerpen clerical district to become Siljan clerical district.  The name change from Slemdal to Siljan was made in 1917.  For earlier parish records see Eidanger clerical district.
 
 
 

Skien

Skien parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1659 - 1931.  Skien clerical district consists of Skien parish.  This clerical district also included the parishes Solum and Mælum until 1738 when these two parishes were separated out to form Solum clerical district.
     Note:  see also Frie Apostoliske Christelige menighed (Skien) listed under Dissenter congregations.
 
 
 

Skåtøy

Skåtøy parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1862 - 1925.  Skåtøy clerical district consists of two parishes: Skåtøy and Levang chapel.  Skåtøy parish was separated out from Sannidal clerical district in 1877 to create Skåtøy clerical district.  For earlier parish records see Sannidal clerical district.
 
 
 

Solum

Solum parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1701 - 1927.  Solum clerical district consists of Solum, Mælum and Kilebygd parishes.  These parishes were originally part of Skien clerical district but were transferred in 1738 and annexed to Gjerpen clerical district until 1856.  In that year they were separated out to create Solum clerical district.  Solum parish included Vest Porsgrunn (Western Porsgrunn) until 1763 when Vest Porsgrunn was transferred to to newly created Porsgrunn clerical district.  For earlier parish records see Skien clerical district.
 
 

Tinn

Tinn parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1717 - 1932.  Tinn clerical district consists of the parishes Tinn (Atrå), Austbygdi (Østbygde), Mæl, and Rjukan with Dal.  It also used to include Hovin parish until 1859 when this parish was transferred to Gransherad clerical district.  Until 1859 it also used to include part of what became Møsstrand parish in Rauland clerical district.  (Møsstrand parish in Rauland clerical district was created by separating out an area from three clerical districts: Vinje, Seljord and Tinn).  Rjukan with Dal parish was separated out to create Rjukan clerical district in 1948.
 
 
 
 

Vinje

Vinje parish records are available on microfilm for the time period 1717 - 1893.  Vinje clerical district consists of the parishes Vinje, Nesland and Grungedal.  It also used to include Rauland parish and a part of Møsstrand parish until 1859 when these were separated out to form Rauland clerical district.  (Møsstrand parish was created by separating out an area from thee clerical districts: Vinje, Seljord and Tinn).
 
 

Dissenter congregations in Telemark

Frie Apostoliske Christelige menighed (Skien)
Parish records for this dissenter congregation are available on microfilm for the time period 1856 - 1892 .

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Brevik branch - Record of members, 1852-1864
Langesund branch - Record of members, 1852-1907
 
 
 
 


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