The National Archives has scanned and published most of the parish registers that are kept in the Regional State Archives in Norway. In addition, millions of records from these registers are transcribed and also published online.
The Central Office of the National Archives started scanning the parish registers from microfilm 2004. The Regional State Archives indexed the digital images. November 8, 2005, the site for the scanned parish registers was launched. By 2007 ca. 11 000 parish registers with ca. 2,25 millions digital images had been published and the project for digitising parish registers from microfilm was ended. A small number of parish registers were not published due to either incomplete microfilm or other technical matters.
From start of 2000, the Regional State Archives have received a large number of parish registers that are not microfilmed. These will be digitised with a book scanner together with those that could not be digitised via their microfilm copy. This digitising of recently delivered parish registers has been a priority for the National Archives. When all these images have been indexed, practically every parish register kept in the National Archives, will be available online.
Late 2010, the civil wedding registers for Bergen (in Hordaland), Akershus and Østfold were published online together with the parish registers. Although these registers are not clerical in any way, the content is very similar. Of practical reasons these registers were therefore published on the same site.
Many of the parish registers have also been transcribed and published in the database of the Digital Archives so the information from these protocols is searchable. Even though the transcribed parish registers consist of millions of records, it is just a small percentage of all the parish registers available.
During the transcription, all data from a list/clerical action in the parish register is registered according to a standard for transcribing parish registers, Kyrre. The data is then published in the Digital Archives and available for searching. All the transcribed records are gathered in one big database, so it is possible to search through all transcribed sources, or to make a selection of sources/places to search. It is also possible to search the data by type of list/action (baptism, wedding, burial, etc.). Read more about this under transcribed parish registers.
The transcription work for the parish registers are done partly in the National Archives, but most of it is done by private persons, associations and DIS-Norge (The Genealogy Society of Norway-DIS). These transcribe the parish registers on their own initiative and deliver the data to the Digital Archives for publishing. Private persons and associations are responsible for their own data and they have guest rooms in the Digital Inn, while DIS-Norge is transcribing in cooperation with the National Archives and entrust the records to the National Archives.