Ancestors from Norway - Vestfold genealogy resources
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    Formerly called "Jarlsberg og Laurvig", Vestfold fylke (county) is located in southeastern Norway, along the western shore of Oslo fjord. In 1999 it had a population of 210,716 persons. The county is known for its prehistoric Bronze Age mounds and for its Viking ship burials, and has some of Norway's best farmland (dairying, grains, and fruits). Formerly headquarters for whaling fleets, the coastal towns of Vestfold now engage in fishing and shipbuilding. Vestfold includes such places as Sandefjord, Holmestrand, Lardal, Larvik, Nøtterøy, Tjøme, and Tønsberg. The county administrative center, Tønsberg, is Norway's oldest city, founded in approximately AD 871. You can see several photographs of Tønsberg and other places in Vestfold on Robin Strand's web site


1. Genealogy organizations

DIS-Norge Vestfold's web page is in Norwegian only.

Gjallarhorn is a local genealogy group that covers Vestfold and Buskerud. Their web page is only available in Norwegian)

Vestfold bygdelag is an organization of descendants of Norwegian immigrants from Vestfold. The organization holds various events, including an annual "stevne".

2. Vestfold resources


3. Vestfold 'kommuner' (municipalities)

There are 15 kommuner in Vestfold county, of which 5 are cities: Borre, Holmestrand, Larvik, Sandefjord, Tønsberg are cities, while the remaining kommune are rural municipalities: Svelvik, Sande, Hof, Våle, Ramnes, Andebu, Stokke, Nøtterøy, Tjøme, and Lardal.

4. Vestfold maps

Small interactive map of Norway - shows where Vestfold is located. Click on Vestfold and you can see a small map of Vestfold showing the kommune (municipalities) of this fylke.

Large map of Vestfold from the NORWAY LIST Web Site. Kommune names are underlined.


5. Vestfold genealogy query pages

Vestfold queries from's "Norway Message Board"

Slektsbiblioteket query page (one for each county in Norway)

Slektsforskerbasen from DIS-Norge - a list of more than 4,000 genealogists who are researching their Norwegian ancestors. Sorted by kommune (municipality). 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.


6. Vestfold museums

Nord-Jarlsbergmuseene is a web site with information about several museums in Vestfold.

Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum is an art museum in Tønsberg

Viking Ship Museum is located in Oslo, but many of the items on display were found in Vestfold, including the famous Gostad ship, found in a large burial mound at Gokstad farm in Sandar, Vestfold in 1880, and the equally famous Oseberg ship, found in a large burial mound on Slagen farm in Vestfold and excavated in 1904.


7. Miscellaneous Vestfold web sites

Søndre Vestfold - archeology and vikings! Unfortunately, only available in Norwegian. (English version under construction).

Pictures from Larvik, Norway from Morten Østby's home page.

Holmestrand paintings by the Norwegian artist Finn Johnsen

Vestfold-slekt includes church records, probate registers, etc., as well as the complete bygdebok from 1922 for Nøtterø in Vestfold "fylke"!

Tjøme slekter by Steinar Rasmussen is in Norwegian, but it has a great deal of information from farms in Tjøme. Click on the farm name in the left frame, and view the information about that farm in the right frame.

Several people have created English versions of their web sites with information about their ancestors from Vestfold. Here are links to some of these:


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John Follesdal
Copyright 1996 - 2002
This page was created 8 December 1996
Last updated on 26 October 2002