Solum, Telemark, Norway One Place Study

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Solum, Telemark, Norway One Place Study

This is the Home page for the One Place Study of the old Solum parish and municipality in Lower Telemark, Norway. This project has been started in order to give the contents of the now defunct personal genealogy Web site of "" a permanent home.


The study has a timespan of roughly about 1650 to 1835. The lower year is where you usually may find sources which are useful for the genealogy of common people. The upper year is the preliminary cutoff for baptisms, but there are lots of marriage and death data for profiles after that year, as well as a few with emigration data.

My own research database contains more than 40,000 profiles, both from Solum and the adjacent parishes of Porsgrunn, Skien, Holla, Gjerpen, Bamble, Eidanger, Drangedal, and Brevik. There are, however, many profiles in that database which have never been connected to the tree. Here on WikiTree, the emphasis will be on adding connected profiles.


Every profile in the Solum study, except for those who died young, will be filed under one or more farms in the Solum, Telemark, Norway category. The Farm name is an instrumental concept in Norwegian genealogy. You can read more about Norwegian naming practice on the page How to enter Norwegian Names in WikiTree.

A "farm" is usually a cluster of one or more "bruk" (self-sustaining parts), as well as a few "husmannsplasser" (cotter's places or just "places"). The farm categories so far do not distinguish between the individual bruks and places. Thus, a place like "Hella", with the full name "Hella under Hanes nordre" is a place under the "Hanes nordre" bruk, categorised under the main farm name "Hanes". The full name will usually be found in the Biography of the individual profile.

The Wiki format allows for other objects as well, and perhaps I'll eventually get around to write history pages for the individual farms.


Due to the large numbers involved, I have to orphan most profiles where parents, siblings, spouses, and children have been fully researched. In addition, profiles that I don't intend to do more research on in the immediate future, will be routinely orphaned. However, I'm keeping my own watchlist, and will revisit every profile that I've created or added to on a biannual schedule. You are welcome to adopt them, but please respect the many years of research behind these profiles, and don't change vital data or add any family members unless they are well documented.

Also, I'd love to hear about descendants of Solum profiles. Please drop me a few words if you're able to connect to one of them.

Leif Biberg Kristensen 12:59, 17 November 2019 (UTC)

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I am one of those who connect to Solum genealogy. My connection is from the Aabye/Auby/Obye/Obey family in America through the wife of Lars Larsen Aabye, Kirsten Larsdatter Larsdatter-1756. Anyone else who connects can contact me... we have a fair amount of cousins here in America!
posted by Darrell Larocque