The Norwegian 1865 Census has undergone significant structural changes, and thousands of transcription errors are corrected. Listed below are some of the most important changes to the digitised material.
The 1865 Census was arranged according to the parish borders both in the cities and rural districts, but Teleslekt and RHD (Registreringsenheten for Historiske Data) both tried to transcribe the census lists according to municipality borders. The parish borders were reintroduced in the digitised 1865 census-lists in 1999 in the Digital Archives, but not for the lists from RHD. In this version 2, all of the material is sorted according to the original parish borders. 13 municipality files are merged with other parish files, while two cities are split into 5 parish files. The number of files are therefore reduced from 443 to 433.
There are two exceptions:
The General Office of the National Archives has been responsible for improving the quality of the census material. The data is converted to a standardized form and structure. But the content is not altered.
In version 2 of the 1865 census, these changes have been made:
These changes will make it easier to retrieve information of these people in the new Digital Archives. The estimated years of birth are supposed to be followed by an asterisk as well, but this has not been added yet.
The General Office's work to improve the quality of the archives included frequency controls as well.They ran frequency lists of all the values of in the digitised census and checked any irregularities. By checking these against the original census material, thousands of transcription errors were detected and corrected:
The control also revealed a large number of duplicates and omissions. These are now corrected as well.
The 1865 census files registered by RHD and the Regional State Archives in Bergen, have not been corrected. This is currently (May 2012) being done. When the corrections have been completed a third version of the 1865 census will be published.
Before the launch of version 3, all the messages from our users concerning mistyping in the 1865 census, will be checked and corrected.
With version 2 of the 1865 census, all IDs of people, residences etc, are permanent. For instance, the ID pf01038011000809 will forever point to the person record for Fridtjof Nansen in the 1865 Census. Furthermore, the URL http://digitalarkivet.arkivverket.no/ft/person/pf01038011000809 will in the foreseeable future direct you to a page in the Digital Archives where the census information on Nansen and his family is displayed.