Bygdebøker available online

Here are some bygdebøker available online.

If you are not familiar with the term “bygdebok/bygdebøker”, you might want to take a look at my article “What is a bygdebok?” In this article you should note my word of caution about using “bygdebøker”.

Some of you might know that there are a lot of bygdebøker available in the Norwegian National library’s online collection. The books in this collection are normally only accessible from Norwegian IP addresses. According to the documentation at the site, this is due to copyrights issues. Some books that are older than 70 years have fallen into the public domain and has been made available. Lately several from outside Norway have been able to access some of the books. You might go to the site and try to search for the book you need. You might be lucky. I am not able the check this out as I am in Norway and thus have access to the whole collection.

I have tried to collect links to bygdebøker that are available online, to everyone, outside the National Library’s collection. I don’t claim that this list is complete and I am very happy if you have links to books that are not listed here.

The “bygdebøker” linked below are presented in different formats. Some are downloadable pdf files. Others are presented in a menu driven environment. You may have to use your browser’s translate function. If you have problems using these resources, don’t hesitate to comment and I will try to answer your problems.

Bygdebøker available online

Akershus county

Frogn bygdebok

Nittedal og Hakadal bygdebok

Hurdal bygdebok (vol.II)

Buskerud county

Hole bygdebok

Lier bygdebok

Ål bygdebok

Searchpage for Rollag bygdebok
(gives you volume and page)

Hedmark county

Index to the following books:

  • Brøttum bygdebok
  • Veldre bygdebok
  • Furnes bygdebok
  • Nes bygdebok
  • Vangsboka
  • Stange bygdebok
  • Romedalsboka
  • Løtenboka

Index and corrections to Trysilboka


Hordaland county

Bømlo bygdebok

Vaksdal bygdebok


Møre og Romsdal county

Several books at
Romsdal sogelag (hist. soc.) website.


Nordland county

Hemnes bygdebok

Vestvågøy (Buksnes og Hol)

Nord Trøndelag county


Oppland county

Fåberg Farm index (unpublished manuskripts)

Sogn og Fjordane county

Index to Luster bygdebok (pdf pop-up)

Sør Trøndelag county

Selbu bygdebok

Strinda bygdebok


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9 thoughts on “Bygdebøker available online

  • January 31, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    What a great post about the Bygdebok websites, Martin. This is a huge resource that many Norwegian researchers are unaware of. PS: I use Evernote. Very handy.

    • February 1, 2017 at 1:58 am

      Thanks Kay.Bygdebøker can yield a lot of valuable information. They are, however, secondary sources and the information should be checked with primary sources.

  • January 31, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you, I have some ancestors from Hole Buskerud! I appreciate this. Unfortunately, most of my Norwegian ancestors came from Sandsvær parish in Buskerud. Will you eventually have these available too? Would you know where I might purchase the books from. I was able to buy some of the Bygdebok’s from this parish, but not all and I would like to purchase the entire set. Again, thank you!!!

    • February 1, 2017 at 2:12 am

      Hello Juliann. Thanks for your visit. I have only provided links to bygdebøker available online and I have no say in making the books available. In the article about bygdebøker that is linked in this article, you find some information about how to find/buy bygdebøker. When it comes to Sandsværboka you might try the emailaddress posted on this page If i am not totally mistaken, Sandsvær is now part of the municipality of Kongsberg. Contacting their library could also be a way to go.

  • February 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Great information!!! I clicked on the link for Nannestad and nothing happened, it is just blank. Just wanted you to know! Thanks for the wonderful article! Your blog is so helpful to me!!! I love how I can go back and find older blogs that give me information on better ways to search!!!

    • February 10, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Hello Amy. Thanks for pointing this out for me. I will monitor this link and see if it is an temporary glitch. If it is not I will remove the link.

  • November 21, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Alas, I got a “host is inactive” message when clicking on the Hole link. If you think it’s related to my non-Norwegian IP address, there’s ways around that.

    • November 23, 2017 at 8:21 am

      Hello Eric

      Thanks for visiting my blog and for taking the time to comment. I have now updated the link. Hopefully it will work.


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