Norway Genealogists

Our Norway genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in Norway, including:

  • Riksarkivet (National Archive)
    Census records, military records, and emigration lists.
  • Regional Archives
    Eight regional archives and 1 Sami Archive that hold records of their particular areas, as well as some that are not under their jurisdiction. Contain birth, marriage, and death records (church records); land records; and court records. Also much of the printed genealogical material such as farm books (bygdebøker)
  • Church Parish Offices
    Records less than 80 years ago are kept at the local parish office
  • Nasjonalbiblioteket library
    Largest library in Norway. Function is similar to that of The Library of Congress. By law they are to receive a copy of everything that is published in all media formats in Norway.
  • National Library of Norway, Oslo Division
    Main public libraries in Oslo and Bergen have large collections, including family histories, local histories, and biographical works are extensive.
  • Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek
    Local historical journals and yearbooks

  • Det Norske Utvandrersenteret (The Norwegian Emigration Center)
    Contains most of the published material about Norwegian families, nearly complete collection of church, census, and emigration records. Also passenger lists from Norwegian American Line and one of the largest collections of farm books (bygdebøker).
  • Norsk Utvandrermuseum (Norwegian Emigration Center) in Otterstad
    Norwegians in America. Over 7,000 emigrant letters, microfilms of 2,000 Norwegian Lutheran Churches in America from 1840 to1900, and 9,000 photographs.


In addition to the archives and libraries in Norway, our genealogists can also search the following archives and libraries in the United States:

  • Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota-Grand Forks
  • Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
  • Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah
    Thousands of records for Norway
  • Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
  • Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    One of the largest collections of Norwegian local histories in U.S.
  • Mikkelsen Library, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Norwegian-American Lutheran church records
  • Rølvaag Library, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota


Our professional researchers can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.

If you want to know more about how our genealogists can further your research, you can request a research quote.

Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Norway include:

  • Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by some towns as early as 1600s
  • Birth, marriage, and death records have been recorded by the government since 1801
  • National census records were recorded in 1801, 1865, 1875 (partial), 1885, 1900, and 1910.
  • Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
  • Probate records were kept since 1600
  • Churches sometimes kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
  • Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods that contain notices of marriages and death, and obituaries
  • Town and county histories about the settlers and their families
  • Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded since 1790
  • Ship passenger lists since 1867

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