A brief introduction to genealogy

Here is a little introduction to genealogy.

A new year means new beginnings. Be it a new year resolution or simply the inspiration from the blank pages in our new day planner.

This article is mainly aimed at those who has not yet, or just recently got started on their Norwegian family history. The article links to blog post I have written and intend to give you a basis for your adventures into genealogy. Even if you have been working on your family history for a while, you might still find some useful information.

First things first

We start with some articles that is relevant no matter in what country you are doing your search.

We are now ready to start looking at Norway

First a few articles about Norwegian concepts that can be good to know.

Opening page in the Digitalarkivet

We are now ready to start the actual search for our ancestors

There are, of course, many sources available. I will limit this article to a few important ones.

The most important resource for genealogical data in Norway is Digitalarkivet – The Digital archive. All the resources in the Digitalarkivet are completely free to use. On the opening page it is most tempting to start by using the “Advanced person search” You may find information about your ancestor this way. As not all sources are transcribed and indexed yet, results from these sources will not show up in the “Advanced person search”. I address this problem and suggest that you use the Digitalarkivet’s “Find source feature”

As an introduction to the Digitalarkivet you may read the articles The Norwegian Digitalarkivet with new design and Church records in the “new” digital archives.

  • The Norwegian Church books are of course the most important source for genealogical information. The oldest book available starts in 1623. The books are accessible up until about 1930.
  • A number of censuses were held throughout the years. Read about them in the article Norwegian censuses.

The church records and censuses are found in the Digitalarkivet. An “Advanced person search” may show results from the emigration records also found in the Digitalarkivet.

  • “Cemeteries in Norway” is a free service provided by “The Genealogy Society of Norway – DIS” Read about it in Find a grave in Norway
  • When you get into Norwegian genealogy, it does not take long before you come across the word “Bygdebok”.  A bygdebok is a book that present local-historical information about a certain geographical area and may be a treasure trove that really boosts you genealogy search. Read What is a «bygdebok».

I hope this article is useful as you take your first steps into Norwegian genealogy.

In addition to this you find a number of articles on this blog where I share tips and tricks about Norwegian genealogy. I also cover Norwegian history and culture. If you find my writings interesting, I hope you will bookmark this website and subscribe. You will then get a notification when I publish new posts.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or comments. All my articles are open to comments. I intend to reply to everyone who contacts me or comments on an article.

I am very happy if you share this article with family or friends that you know are considering getting into genealogy.

One thought on “A brief introduction to genealogy

  • January 4, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Wow, Martin. This is a fabulous article and full of so many helpful tips and links. Very impressive!


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