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Your Guide to

Researching Norwegian Ancestors

Norway is a Scandinavian country and is famous (among genealogists!) for keeping good records and protecting them from destruction.

As is the case with many European countries, you need to pin-point as closely as you can where your ancestors lived when there. Your first step is to find out more about the country.

Research Guides - Atlases, Maps & Gazetteers - Societies, Libraries and Archives
- Finding and Using the Records - More Links

Guides to Research

Atlases, Maps and Gazetteers

Societies, Libraries & Archives

Finding and using the records

  • First, learn what digital resources the Family History Library has online for Norway.
  • Next, learn what resources the Family History had filmed for Norwary. Remember: Anything that has been filmed can be borrowed through your nearest Family History Center.
    • Don't forget to search for records of the appropriate places within Norway, as well as National records

Norwegian Bygdebok and Genealogies

Norwgian Cemetery Records

  • Cemeteries in Norway (should open in English -- if not, click the English tab on navigation bar, above text)
    • Not all the pages have an English option -- for some, use the GOOGLE TRANSLATE button on the right
    • You may have to spend some time figuring out how to use this site!
  • Norway Burials 1666-1927 (not a complete listing of all burials, but over 700,000)

Norwegian Church Records

Church records are extremely important in all Scandinavian countries.

Norwegian Census Records

  • The National Archives of Norway has a complete explanation of Norwegian Census Records: Public Censuses
  • Getting into the Norwegian Census -- a good overview of Norwegian census records
  • Norwegian Census Records -- contains links to information about the column headings, but note the page was last updated in 1999, so information as to what is available online will be out of date.
  • You will want to read the FamilySearch Wiki article Norway: Census Records
    • It includes links to specific online census years online at both sites listed below.
  • Census records are digitized and online at Digitaarkivet and the Norwegian Historical Data Centre
  • Norway Genealogy: Census Sources
    • lincludes inks to information about Norwegians in U.S. Census records
  • The 1875 census is indexed, with digital images online at
  • Norwegian Farmer Groups (occupations)
  • Norwegian Resources: Censuses

Norwegian Emigration and Immigration

Norway Land & Property

Norway Military

Norway Probate Records

Norwegian Vital Records

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