NOR

Find your ancestors

Are you looking for your Norwegian heritage and ancestors? Here you will find some basic information to help you start your journey.
Genealogical Research
Genealogical Research
The National Archives and the regional state archives welcome people searching for their ancestors to their reading rooms. Church books, censuses and other documents kept here give valuable information in the genealogical research.
Start tracing your ancestry in Norway
Start tracing your ancestry in Norway
Tracing your lineage is a fun and rewarding challenge that requires some basic knowledge of past centuries. The following information from the National Library of Norway, the National Archives of Norway and DIS-Norge, the largest genealogy association in Norway, will walk you through the available resources and how to get the most out of them.
Online sources
Online sources
Since the late 1990s, online searches in historical sources have become very popular both in Norway and abroad, first and foremost among genealogists.
Archive examinaton
If you have a question that requires an archive investigations, we will recommend you to come to one of our reading rooms to study the current material.
Parish Registers
Parish Registers
Norwegian ministers started the registration of births/christenings, engagements/marriages and deaths/burials in the 17th century.
Public censuses
Public censuses
The censuses are lists of all inhabitants in Norway at a certain point in time. They provide information such as who was living at a given farm at that point, their position within the family, their age, profession, and marital status.