The Norwegian Periodical Index at the Family History Library

December 1, 2010  - by 

Ever want to take a research trip through Norwegian genealogical periodicals? There is a lot of information published in periodicals, but to find what you want, it is helpful to have a tour guide.

At the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, research consultants have created a printed resource called the Norwegian Periodical Index. Visitors to the library can use the index to access the information found in Norwegian genealogical and historical periodicals in the library’s collection.

The Norwegian Periodical Index covers periodicals from early 1900-1996. An addendum is being created that indexes periodicals printed from 1997 to the present.

The index is divided into three sections:

  • A key to the abbreviations used for the periodical, followed by the FHL call number
  • Locality Index. (A locality may be any kind of jurisdiction, such as a farm, parish or county.)
  • Name Index

For each entry, the index gives an abbreviation for the name of the periodical where the article is published, followed by the year, volume, and page number.

The Norwegian Periodical Index is not an index to every name and place mentioned in all the articles in the different publications. However, efforts have been made to include the articles with enough information to be of interest to a genealogical researcher.

For further information on Norwegian periodicals and how to use the Norwegian Periodical Index, see the Research Wiki article at

If you have Norwegian ancestors, we invite you to come to the Family History Library whenever you can and use the Norwegian Periodical Index to access the genealogical information in the library’s Norwegian periodical collection.

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  1. I know my great grandparents are from Norway somewhere but I do not have a clue how to research them…

  2. Check the US Federal Census from where they lived in 1880, 1900, 1910, 1020 which should list their age and year of immigration. You may also want to find out if they attended a Luteran church in the ares where they lived. Sometimes the Lutheran Church records will list where they came from in Norway.
    Best wishes,