April 23- 2000
Here is the rest of my work this Easter.
Passenger-lists for vessels who left Norway with emigrants from Telemark.
from Gothenburg to New York in 1837.
from Larvik to New York in 1842
from Kragerø to New York in 1851.
Thanks a lot to Christina in Washington who made copies from the original
Saturday April 22- 2000
Two new tax-lists have been presented today.
The leidang-tax for 1636-37
and for 1642-43,
both for Skien.
I have also included a search-machine on my site. You can now search
through my whole site for words.
Sunday April 9 - 2000
A new passenger-list is available.
The brig "Alert"
from Kragerø to New York in 1851
Sunday Mar 05 - 2000
I have today removed the Solum Probate register from my site, as it
turned out not to be complete.
Certain documents were missing, and the list would therefore be misleading.
Instead I'll refer to the homepage of Leif Biberg
Saturday Mar 04 - 2000
Yeah........I know..... It's
taken a long time. I just needed a break.
the Probate register for Solum Parish. It starts in 1667, and the last
document is dated 1856.
This is a transcript of a
card-register made by the Solum "Bygdebok-komitte",
so I cannot guarantee
the correctness, but it is believed to be accurate.
Monday Oct 18 - 1999
Here's the last military list.
Sunday Oct 10 - 1999
Here are new military lists.
Contribution for the clothing of
army personnel - Solum 1808
I have transcribed military documents from
the State Archive in Kristiansand,
and here you can find from Vesterlenske Infantry
2 lists of vacant and incompetent troops 1711 for Telemark - List
1 - List
Register of Cicignon's, Grubbe's, and Palm's Company from 1701.
Lots of names from Telemark
Sunday Aug 1 - 1999
Two new taxlists for Skien. Leding tax for 1621
In the "Statsarkivet" in Kristiansand I found a short list
of the sawmills of Skien for the year 1688.
I also include this list if someone should be interested.
Sunday May 30 - 1999
A new taxlist for Skien. Go to 1679
ordinary-tax list for Skien and Kragerø.
Saturday May 29 - 1999
Now something for those oversea.
On the Emigration section I have now expanded the emigrant lists for
Gjerpen to include the
1863 to 1927.
Saturday March 27- 1999
This time an update for Gjerpen:
to the church for the years 1611 - 1633 for all the farms in Gjerpen.
Sunday March 7- 1999
Still another small update:
tax for Skien for 1599-1600
This is the oldest taxlist that I have found so far.
Saturday February 20 - 1999
Another small update:
and cattle tax for Skien 1690
Tuesday February 2 -
Just a small update:
and cattle tax for Skien 1683
Monday January 4 -
tax / Cattle tax for Skien 1685
tax 1691 for Skien/Porsgrunn/Brevik
Additional watchman tax 1804 for Skien
and then some military sources:
Contribution for the clothing of army personnel - Gjerpen 1808
Contribution for the clothing of army personnel - Osebakken 1808
and a very interesting list:
List of poor people in Gjerpen 1727
Saturday December 19 -
records for Skien the period 1723 - 1740 are
Saturday December 12 - 1998
At last we are finished. The last cemetery in
Skien is now online.
Gjemsø cemetery can now be found here
I have also updated my links-page
and in the emigrant section, there is a small update for the year 1855.
One family from Doksrød has been
Monday November 9 - 1998
In the emigration-section I
have now completed biographical
info for all the people who
emigrated in 1846.
56 people is included.
If anyone knows anything about these people, especially what happened to them
I would be very interested.
Monday October 19 - 1998
4 new passenger lists has been added to the Emigration-section.
Northcote to Quebec in May 1865
Inga and Rinde to Quebec in April 1866
Laurdal to Quebec in April 1872
Thursday October 15 - 1998
The Land Register for 1615 is now available. It covers the
parish of Gjerpen
Saturday October 10 - 1998
You can now submit your email-address and I will notify you each time I
update my site.
Friday October 9 - 1998
Valebø Cemetery in the northernmost part of Skien
is now transcribed
Friday October 2 - 1998
I have had to split my web-site
today. It now exceeds the limited space I have with my ISP,
so the emigration-section has been moved to
Unfortunately this includes an ad-banner, but 50 Mb of free space was too
good to be true.
Sunday September 27 - 1998
In 1813 the farmers of Gjerpen and Siljan were to deliver grain to a local storehouse in
According to the Gjerpen History this storehouse was not established during
those years after all,
so whether the farmers delivered grain or not, is uncertain.
But nevertheless, here is the list.
Thursday September 24 -
Here is a list of all the poor people in
Gjerpen parish in 1782.
The list was made by the parish minister, and he tells that travelled
around in the parish
and inquired about every poor and sick soul.
The list gives age, place of birth, present dwelling, illness etc.
Sunday September 20 - 1998
The last tax-list for the 1630's is now
available. Go to the 1638-Leding tax. Go there......
There are so many sources everywhere, if
you just use your imagination.
I found some church-accounts from 1730 and 1754 for Skien church.
These gave among other things, the names of all those people
who had permanent seats in the church and also what they paid for
Lots of names.
Sunday September 13 - 1998
I have rearranged the pictures of Skien from
before the big fire of 1886.
Tuesday September 1 - 1998
In the latter half of the 1720's the Danish
towns of Copenhagen and Viborg burnt down
and other towns in Denmark/Norway had to pay a relief tax. The tax is
probably dated ca 1730
or 1 or 2 years earlier.
Thursday August 27 - 1998
Military records are very
exciting stuff. This time I have a new Sea-Roll
areas like Bamble, Solum, Melum,
Sannidal, Tørdal and Drangedal.
Also another taxlist for Skien is ready......Leding 1633.
At the end of this list is a probate record for Faltin
Husmand dated February 27, 1632.
It is not the same as the record mentioned next year....1634.
Monday August 17 - 1998
A new tax-list is ready. This time it is
the Leding tax for the year 1634 for Skien.
At the end of the tax list there are two probate records.
One for Faltin Husmand
dated Februay 27, 1632 and the other for
Mester Jørgen Badscher, dated July 19, 1634.
Saturday August 1 - 1998
Have added the lists for the Personal Tax
for Skien for the years 1681 and 1682
Tuesday June 16 - 1998
In 1735 the Gjerpen Church and all its
properties were sold to Cancellie-Raad Leopoldus
and therefore a complete inspection was carried out.
Here you will find a survey of all the farms in Gjerpen which were
Thursday February 26 -
Here is an old paylist
from 1678 listing all Officers and boat's men onbord
Thursday February 26 -
In the State Archives of Kongsberg
I have found some interesting old documents.
One document relating to the old Fossum
Ironworks in Gjerpen, which was founded way back in 1539
and was a corner stone in this area for 350 years, until it was
finally shut down in June 1867.
The document lists all the properties belonging to Fossum Ironworks in 1775, also giving names and the age
of the owners and users. Go there......
You will also find new military records
From Roger Johnson of Ashippun
Township in Dodge County, Wisconsin, I have received several updates
to the Emigrant-section of 1843 and 1844.
This really shows how the Internet enables people to work together.
Sunday January 25 - 1998
Have updated links and have included in the
"Sources" section a Register of Boatswains and Timbermen
from May 1665. The register covers the parishes of Skien, Gjerpen, Eidanger, Kragerø, Bamble,
Sannidal, Drangedal, Siljan. Not too
many names here, but nevertheless, it could be important to someone.
Thursday January 8 - 1998
Pollen and Omdal
cemeteries in the Skotfoss area of Skien are now
There is now only a couple of cemeteries in Skien left to transcribe, but
these two will have
to wait until the snow disappears.
Monday November 17 - 1997
Nenset Cemetery in Skien is now online.
Monday November 3 - 1997
Cemetery in Skien is now available. The cemetery consists of ca 6000 names
and the file is rather big.
Tuesday October 7 - 1997
Lie cemetery in Skien is now available.
This is the oldest existing cemetery and has graves back to 1600.
Only the more "prominent" citizens of the town were
Saturday September 27 - 1997
has transcribed a protocol consisting of the Matricul
for the town of Skien in 1930.
It's a rather new source
and should be of interest to many genealogists.
The register gives info about Land Register Number, Owner, Tax
value, Fire Insurance value and so on.
Thanks Stian - good work!!!!
Sunday September 14 - 1997
I came across 12 passenger-lists for
vessels departing Skien with emigrants for Canada.
during the years 1866 through 1873. Take a look
and see if you can find your ancestors.
If any of you who visit these pages have
access to any other passengers-lists for vessel from Telemark,
I'd be more than happy to
receive a copy.
Check out the lists...........
Thursday August 21 - 1997
Summer vacation is over, and
Telemark has had the best summer for 50 years.
So here comes the cemetery of Melum
Church, complete with maps and pictures.
Wednesday June 25 - 1997
The cemetery lists of Kilebygda cemetery is now complete
Sunday June 1 - 1997
The cemetery lists of Solum cemetery is now complete.
Sunday May 4 - 1987
The Cemetery-project is rolling on. You can
now search thru the names of several cemeteries in the Skien district.
So far following cemeteries are completed,
with maps, pictures and lists of names:
Luksefjell, Borgestad, Johannes cemetery in Skien
Check it out........
There are also pictures of Gromstulen added to the page regarding John Johnsen Svenholt.
Sunday April 20 - 1987
Under "Sources"/"Kilder" you can now find a register of special
surnames used in the Skien Area.
The register covers only names used by the
citizens, clergy, civil servants etc., and has reference to which book and
page you can find the name on. The register has about 4500 items.
Wednesday April 2 - 1997
Have inserted a picture of Foss gård, from where the Gasmann-family emigrated in 1843.
You will also find a long translated letter written by Anders Brynhildsen Vestved. The letter is very
interesting and informative. Go to the 1844 section of the
Monday March 31 - 1997
1845 and 1852-lists of emigrants are now
updated with biographical information.
..................and I'm working on
Sunday March 9 - 1997
Links-page updated with new links.
1844-list of emigrants completed
with biographical info.
Monday February 17 - 1997
You can now click on the
"Emigration-button" and go to a wealth of information about the
people who left Gjerpen to find a more happy life
in America during the last century.
the lists of people is completed through 1862, i.e. the first 20 years. You
will also find some pictures of vessels, newspaper-clippings, and a
year-by-year time-line, where you can see which
vessels that were engaged in the emigrant-trade.
Also for the first year,
1843, there are full biographical details for the families who emigrated