Sunday April 23- 2000
Here is the rest of my work this
Passenger-lists for vessels who left Norway with emigrants from
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 documents.
April 22- 2000
Two new tax-lists have been presented
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.
9 - 2000
A new passenger-list is available.
The brig "Alert"
from Kragerø to New York in 1851
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
Instead I'll refer to the homepage of Leif Biberg Kristensen.
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.
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.
18 - 1999
Here's the last military list.
10 - 1999
Here are new military lists.
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 Regiment
2 lists of vacant and incompetent troops 1711 for Telemark - List
1 - List 2
Register of Cicignon's, Grubbe's,
and Palm's Company from 1701.
Lots of names from Telemark
1 - 1999
Two new taxlists for Skien. Leding
tax for 1621 and 1622
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.
30 - 1999
A new taxlist for Skien. Go to 1679
ordinary-tax list for Skien and Kragerø.
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.
March 27- 1999
This time an update for Gjerpen:
Tithe-tax to the church for the years
1611 - 1633 for all the farms in Gjerpen.
Still another small update:
Leding tax for Skien for 1599-1600
This is the oldest
taxlist that I have found so far.
February 20 - 1999
Another small update:
Personal and cattle tax for Skien
February 2 - 1999
Just a small update:
Personal and cattle tax for Skien 1683
January 4 - 1999
Go to the link-page
Personal tax / Cattle tax for Skien
Fortification 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
December 19 - 1998
Probate records for Skien the
period 1723 - 1740 are now finished.
December 12 - 1998
At last we are finished. The last cemetery in Skien is now
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
One family from Doksrød
has been completed
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 in America,
I would be very interested.
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
October 15 - 1998
The Land Register for 1615 is now
available. It covers the parish of Gjerpen
October 10 - 1998
You can now submit your email-address and I will notify you each
time I update my site.
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
In 1813 the farmers of Gjerpen
and Siljan were to deliver grain to a local storehouse in Gjerpen.
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
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
I have rearranged the pictures
of Skien from before the big fire of 1886.
Tuesday September 1
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 for 1717, that covers
areas like Bamble, Solum, Melum, Sannidal, Tørdal and Drangedal.
Also another taxlist for Skien is ready......Leding
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 -
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
26 - 1998
Here is an old paylist
from 1678 listing all Officers and boat's men onbord the
26 - 1998
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.
You will also find new military
records from 1765.
From Roger Johnson of Ashippun
Township in Dodge County, Wisconsin, I have received several updates
to the Emigrant-section of 1843
This really shows how the Internet enables people to work together.
25 - 1998
Have updated links and have
included in the "Sources" section a Register of Boatswains
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.
8 - 1998
Pollen and Omdal cemeteries
in the Skotfoss area of Skien are now published.
There is now only a couple
of cemeteries in Skien left to transcribe, but these two will
to wait until the snow disappears.
Monday November 17 -
Nenset Cemetery in Skien
is now online.
Monday November 3 -
Nordre Gravlund Cemetery
in Skien is now available. The cemetery consists of ca 6000 names
and the file is rather big.
Tuesday October 7 -
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 buried
Saturday September 27
Stian Høiset 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
Sunday September 14
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
I'd be more than happy to receive a copy.
Check out the lists...........
August 21 - 1997
is over, and Telemark has had the best summer for 50 years.
So here comes
the cemetery of Melum Church, complete with maps and
Wednesday June 25 -
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
So far following cemeteries
are completed, with maps, pictures and lists of names:
Gjerpen, Solum, Luksefjell,
Borgestad, Johannes cemetery in Skien
Check it out........
also pictures of Gromstulen added to the page regarding John
Sunday April 20 - 1987
you can now find a register of special surnames used in the Skien
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 -
Have inserted a picture of
Foss gård, from where the Gasmann-family emigrated
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 "year-by-year"-part.
Monday March 31 - 1997
and 1852-lists of emigrants are now updated with biographical
..................and I'm working on 1846......
Sunday March 9 - 1997
Links-page updated with new
of emigrants completed with biographical info.
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.
So far 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.
the first year, 1843, there are full biographical details for the
families who emigrated that year.