|Index | Norwegian genealogy resources | Telemark|
Formerly called Bratsberg, Telemark fylke (county) is located
in southern Norway, reaching from the the coastline of the Skagerrak sea which separates
Norway from Denmark to the Hardangervidda mountain plains.
DIS Telemark is the local chapter of the Norwegian genealogy organization DIS-Norge.
Grenland Ættehistorielag (genealogy association) covers the lower Telemark region.
They used to have an English version of their web page, but they have discontinued
Send your *LOUD* protests to the Web Master of this web site. They do, however, have a Message forum ( in Norwegian and English) where you can post messages.
Hjartdal Historical Association has a very nice web page (in English) with information about Hjartdal and its emigration history. (Hjartdal is a small kommune in Telemark. It consists of three parishes: Tuddal, Hjartdal and Sauland).
Telelaget - a bygdelag in the US comprised of descendants of immigrants from Telemark.
Telemark consists of 18 kommuner (municipalities), of which 3 are cities: Notodden, Skien and Porsgrunn. The remaining 15 kommuner are: Bamble, Bø, Drangedal, Fyresdal, Hjartdal, Kragerø, Kviteseid, Nissedal, Nome, Sauherad, Seljord, Siljan, Tinn, Tokke, and Vinje
Interactive map of Norway shows where Telemark is located. Click on Telemark to see a map of Telemark that shows the municipalities of this county
Large map of Telemark from the Norway-L mailing list web site.
Telemark queries from Rootsweb.com's "Norway Message Board".
Slektsbiblioteket Queries is a new and very promising Norway query page.
Slektsforskerbasen from DIS-Norge - a list of more than 4,000 genealogists who are researching their Norwegian ancestors. Sorted by kommune (municipality).
Norway-L@rootsweb.com mailing list archives is another often overlooked resource. You can search the archive to find out if others are researching the same
families or places in Norway, and then contact them.
The Norwegian Ski Adventure Centre is a museum in Morgedal in Telemark. Interestingly, their web site has photographs of the center taken during the summer - not a snowflake in sight!
Telemark - a fairytale for the whole family has a great web page in English with information about visiting Telemark and some of the museums in this 'fylke'.
Jan Christensen has a web-page with genealogy information from Skien in Telemark. This page also has a great collection of links to Norwegian genealogy web pages. A "must" visit!
Kragerø genealogy page has lots of genealogy information from Kragerø kommune (municipality), Porsgrunn, and the Grenland area in Telemark. (In Norwegian, but it does have a page in English about Emigration from Kragerø, Sannidal and Skåtøy, 1843 - 1899.
Porsgrunn genealogy page by Terje Rehn Holm-Johnsen, also has information on the area of Grenland and Porsgrunn in Telemark. (Porsgrunn is today a collection of five earlier kommuner / municipalities: Solum, Gjerpen, Eidanger, Brevik and Porsgrunn).
Gamle Gjerpen - genealogy in Gjerpen parish, Telemark has a wealth of information, including a searchable database of the Churchbook of Skien (1659-1679) (baptisms, marriages, funerals, etc.)
Bamble Genealogical Page is also from Telemark. Bamble is a collection of three earlier kommuner (municipalities): Stathelle, Langesund and Bamble. (They merged and became one municipality in 1964). Bamle borders on Porsgrunn, Skien, Drangedal and Kragerø.
Stian Høiset has a great web site with genealogy "stuff" and information about his home town Skien, old postcards from Telemark, and more.
Solumslekt is a fantastic web site by Leif Biberg Kristensen with lots of information about Solum clerical district. As he points out on his web site: "Solumslekt is an attempt of creating an 'Online Bygdebok' for Solum, Lower Telemark, Norway." Although it is in Norwegian only, it contains transcripts of various original records from 1664 to 1764, including census records, church records, and probate records. If your ancestors came from Solum, you *must* visit this web site! It includes a searchable family database, a discussion forum, and several articles (in Norwegian). Leif has also converted many of the church records from Solum (baptisms 1713-1755, engagements 1713-1761, weddings 1714-1761, funerals 1713-1761) to database format and made them searchable in a number of ways. Click on "Kilder" then click on "Anders Baars kirkebok".
Welcome to Southern Norway! has lots of information about Telemark.
Telemark - the cradle of skiing is brought to the web by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Unfortunately my schedule does not permit me to answer
individual requests for assistance with genealogy research
Copyright 1996 - 2002
This page was created 12 December 1996
Last updated on 26 October 2002