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Norway, Oslo, Census, 1832-1954
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Oslo, Norway
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Record Description
Record Type Municipal census
Collection years: 1832-1954
Language: Norwegian
Title in the Language Norge, Olso, Folketellinger
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Related Websites
Oslo City Archive Byarkivet Oslo

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

This collection consists of census records for Aker, 1832-1836, 1840-1843, 1917, 1923, 1926, 1935, 1939, 1948, and 1954; and Oslo, 1901, 1908, 1921, 1923, 1928, 1935, 1948, 1954. On 1 January, 1948 Aker was incorporated into the city of Oslo from Akershus County.

The 1948 census is divided into two sections: one for Oslo, the second for Aker. The Oslo enumeration is arranged by street name and number while the Aker enumeration is divided into four sections (skuff) that correspond to the four neighborhoods of the city: Ullern, Vestre Aker, Østre Aker and Nordstrand. In each section the Aker enumeration is further organized by street name and number.

Municipal censuses were taken in the following years: 1899-1905, 1907-1910, 1912-1929, 1931-1938, 1940-1943, 1946-1949, 1951-1954.

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Census Records Available Online[edit | edit source]

Images of the following censuses are available on the National Archives of Norway's Digitalarkivet Kommunale folketellinger site:


Kristiania / Oslo

Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are in Norwegian. For help reading these records please see the following:

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

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Person's name
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Residence

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor’s name
  • Parish of residence
  • Farm or town name of family residence
  • Names of family members
  • Approximate birth date

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of the family.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add the new information to your records
  • Use residence and names of parents to locate church records.
  • Use the birth year to locate birth records in the parish register.
  • Search the census for relatives living on the same farm or nearby.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Become familiar with Norwegian naming traditions to help identify your ancestor from others with a similar name. See Norway Personal Names for more information on naming traditions.
  • Many individuals have the same name. Compare the names and the residences to make sure you have the correct person or family. Place of residence is key in finding your ancestor in Norway.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the records of nearby parishes.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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