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Norway Census, 1801
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Record Description
Collection years: 1801
Language: Norwegian
Title in the Language Norge folketelling, 1801
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The National Archives of Norway

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This census enumerates all persons in Norway on 1 February 1801. The census is arranged by county, clerical district, parish. In the cities the census is arranged by street name, and in rural areas by district and farm.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Norwegian. For help reading them see Norway Languages and Norwegian Genealogical Word List.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in this collection:

  • Farm or residence name
  • Tax registration number
  • Person's name
  • Position in family
  • Occupation
  • Marital status
  • Age
  • Birthplace

Census Questions[edit | edit source]

With minor exceptions the forms are the same for the entire country. The questions in the first and last (7th) column are worded slightly differently. Bergen and Trondheim were divided into districts (rode), and Christiania was divided in quarters (qvarter).

Column Area Column Headings (Norwegian) Column Headings (English)
1 Christiania, Trondheim Gadernes Navne, samt Gaardenes og Husenes Nummer, saa og Familiernes Antal The names of the streets, as well as the numbers of the farms and houses, as well as the number of families
1 Bergen Rødsernes, samt Gaardenes og Huusenes Nummer, saa og Familiernes Antal The districts, as well as the farms and house numbers, and the number of families
1 Rural areas Personernes og Stedernes Navne, samt Familiernes Antal Names of persons and places, and the number of families
2 All Personernes fulde Navne i enhver Familie The full names of the persons in each family
3 All Hvad enhver Person er i Familien What every person Is in the family
4 All Personernes Alder, det løbende Alders Aar iberegnet The age of the persons, including the current age
5 All Ugivt eller givt, og hvor ofte de have været i Ægte- eller Enkestand Unmarried or married, and how often they have been married or widowed
6 All Personernes Title, Embede, Forretning, Haandværk, Næringsvei, eller hvad de leve af The person's title, office, business, craft, livelihood, or whatever they live by
7 Christiania, Bergen, Trondheim Summa paa Folketallet saavel i enhver Gade især, som i den hele Bye tilsammen The sum of the population, in every street in particular, as well as in the whole village together
7 Rural areas Summa paa Folketallet i hver Bye og Sogn m. v. The sum of the population in each village and parish

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