Norway Genealogy

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Guide to Norway ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

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Country Information[edit | edit source]

Norway is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe bordered by Sweden, Finland, Russia, and Denmark. Part of the Kalmar Union from 1397 to 1523, Norway was part of a personal union with Denmark from 1536 until 1660 when King Frederik III established an absolute monarchy and Norway came under the Danish crown. From the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1814 until 1905 it was in another personal union, this time with Sweden as part of the United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway. Two different forms of Norwegian, Bokmål and Nynorsk are the official language, with several other recognized national languages.

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Norway Research

Links to articles on getting started with Norway research.

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Norway Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Norway research.

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Finding Your Ancestors' Town in Norway[edit | edit source]

Genealogical records are organized by geographical locality. Civil registration (government birth, marriage, and death records) and church records (christenings/baptisms, marriages, and burials) were kept at the local level. To search these records, you must know the town where your ancestors lived.

If you do not know your ancestors' town, see the article, Norway Finding Town of Origin, to identify other records that might provide that information.

Norway Clickable Map[edit | edit source]

The map below shows county boundaries as of about 1660 to 2018.

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Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

Counties (Fylker)[edit | edit source]

County boundaries and names as of 1 Jan 2020

County Mergers[edit | edit source]

On 1 January 2020 several counties were combined as part of an administrative reform (Regionreformen). Nord-Trøndelag and Sør-Trøndelag were combined 1 January 2018. Four counties were unchanged[1].

Number Name Previous Counties Parallel Name
03 Oslo
11 Rogaland
15 Møre og Romsdal
18 Nordland
30 Viken Akershus, Buskerud, and Østfold
34 Innlandet Hedmark, Oppland
38 Vestfold og Telemark Vestfold, Telemark
42 Agder Aust-Agder, Vest-Agder
46 Vestland Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane
50 Trøndelag Nord-Trøndelag, Sør-Trøndelag Trööndelage (Sami)
54 Troms og Finnmark Finnmark, Troms Romsa ja Finnmárk (Sami); Tromssa ja Finmarkku (Kven)

Parishes in Norway[edit | edit source]

Regions in Norway[edit | edit source]

Clerical Districts[edit | edit source]

More Norway Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first. Below are additional research strategy Wiki articles for Norway.

More Norway Research Tools[edit | edit source]

Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in. Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools in Norway.

FamilySearch Resources[edit | edit source]

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

Learning Center[edit | edit source]

The following classes can help you learn more about Norwegian research. You can search for other classes on the Learning Center Search page.

References[edit | edit source]