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Norwegian skifter - probate records is an article that I have written about this important source of genealogy information.
The Computerization of Norwegian Probate Records is a very nice article from NHDC - The Norwegian Historical Data Centre at the University of Tromsų. The article includes a dicussion about the history of Norwegian probate records.
A few probate registers (indexes) from a few counties are available on-line from NHDC (unfortunately in Norwegian). This web site also includes a scanned picture of the first page of a probate document from 1840. (Although the NHDC - The Norwegian Historical Data Centre at the University of Tromsų is a university web site, this is a commercial web site - it offers probate records, parish records, etc. for sale to the public. However, some of its records have been placed on the Internet for free).
The Probate register at the Digital Archive of Norway at the University of Bergen has a few online indexes of probate records: "They are registers for the probate protocols of the district recorder, and for the clerical and military probates. These databases are only serving as indexes, thus the information is scarce compared to the original documents."
Slektshistoriske Kilder, 1500-1900 from the Norwegian genealogy organization DIS-Norge includes links to online genealogy-related databases for each fylke in Norway, including the probate registers, etc. that various individuals have transcribed and made available on their own web pages. These links are sorted by fylke. (In Norwegian with some English).
Research Outline - Norway from the LDS Family History Library includes a brief description of Norwegian probate records. (It is toward the end of the outline). I would highly recommend that you print out this entire outline and study it carefully!