Statsarkivet i Tromsø May 2007

The Regional State Archive in Tromsø May 2007

The Regional State Archives in Tromsø is a part of the National Archives of Norway, covering the district of Troms, Finnmark and Svalbard.

The Regional State Archives in Tromsø was established in 1987. Since 1952 there had been a office in Tromsø under the head of The Regional State Archives in Trondheim.

In 2003 we got new repositories with 22000 shelf meters, about 9500 meters containing records from our region, both from public administration and private sector. We hold records from late 16th century and up to today.

The Witchcraft Trials in Finnmark

The court records of the trials concerning witchcraft in Finnmark, Northern Norway, was in 2010 published by The Regional State Archives in Tromsø (Norwegian version) and Varanger Museum (English version) at Skald forlag. Dr. Liv Helene Willumsen, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Tromsø, expert in the history of witchcraft in Norway and Scotland has edited the book and done the transcriptions, registers and explanations of terminology. The original court records are part of the holdings of the Regional State Archives in Tromsø. The district of Finnmark was subjected to severe witchcraft persecution during the 17th century. In an area with no more than 3,000 inhabitants, 135 people were accused of witchcraft and of them 91 were executed. You may have a look at the book at http://www.blaiboka.no/index.php?isbn13=9788279591511#/0.  The original protocol from 4th of June when Synnøve Johannesdatter was accused of witchcraft

Hekseprosess mot Synnøve Johannesdatter 4. juni 1678 Justisprotokoll 1678-1679 Sorenskriveren i Finnmark

Hekseprosess mot Synnøve Johannesdatter 4. juni 1678

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Witchcraft in Tromsø

Published court records concerning witchcraft