Using the 1910 Norway Census

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Using the 1910 Norway Census

Using the 1910 Norway census? It was released to the public today and you can click here to search. The Digitalarkivet is a free public service from the National Archives of Norway. The 1910 Norway census joins these other nominative (or detailed) censuses publicly available: 1801, 18651870, 18751885, 1891, 1900.

If you find working in the Norwegian language a bit intimidating, remember that you can embed a preferred language in the Digitalarkivet URL. For example:

This URL goes to the 1801 census page for the farm Qverk in Eger (Eiker), Buskerud, Norway, where my great-great-great-great-grandmother, Johanne Pedersdatter, is living with her son Peder Nielssen and his wife Berthe Wernersdatter:

http://digitalarkivet.uib.no/cgi-win/webcens.exe?slag=visbase&sidenr=7&filnamn=f18010624&gardpostnr=96&personpostnr=2376&merk=2376#ovre

If I insert “&spraak=e&” (no quotes) immediately after the first question mark in that URL, then I get the page translated into English:

http://digitalarkivet.uib.no/cgi-win/webcens.exe?&spraak=e&slag=visbase&sidenr=7&filnamn=f18010624&gardpostnr=

96&personpostnr=2376&merk=2376#ovre

I think that’s pretty nice of the Norwegians, yes? And now I’m off to go search in 1910 census and perhaps find some relatives who still live in Norway.

For more help using the digital archives of Norway, click here.

2017 update:

The Digitalarkivet has made it much easier to select the search interface in English, part of their major new site redesign. As seen in the image above, English is a choice in the upper right. It’s also easier to select databases for searches.

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine’s “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”

One Comment

  1. Jill Hurley 8 December 2010 at 8:58 AM - Reply

    I am so excited about the 1910 Census! I found my great-grandmother in Halden and discovered that she had another sibling (born in 1903) that no one remembers.

    Thanks for the tip about translating the records into English. I did not know about that. The Norwegians are the kindest people ever.

    –Jill Hurley
    New Jersey, USA

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