Using the 1910 Norway census that was released today? Norway has two different kinds of census returns. Earliest censuses are numeric, only indicating the number of inhabitants sorted by district, age, profession, etc. After 1801, nominative (or detailed) census records were created. These are available for 1801, 1865, 1870, 1875, 1885, 1891, 1900.
Get Started Using the 1910 Norway Census
The 1910 Norway census database joins the nominative census records today. Use these three resources for your searches:
• Norway’s National Archives Digitalarkivet (free)
• Norway’s Registreringssentral for Historiske Data (free)
• Ancestry ($)
About the 1910 Norway Census
It contains information on more than 2.4 million individuals residing in Norway as of December 1st, 1910. This census is now searchable in its entirety. However, it is not scanned and is “unlikely to be prioritized in the foreseeable future.”
Norwegians who returned after emigration to the U.S. were documented in this census for the first time. They were required to disclose information about emigration year, return year, place of residence before emigration. Final place of work and residence in America also noted.
Searching Digitalarkivet in English
Do you find working in the Norwegian language a bit intimidating? Formerly users needed to embed a preferred language in the Digitalarkivet URL. Now, the Digitalarkivet lets users select the search interface in English, part of their major new site redesign. As seen in the image above, English is a choice in a pull-down menu in the upper right. It’s also easier to select databases for searches.
To search the 1910 census database, click here. And for more help with the digital archives of Norway, click here. Now I’m off to find more ancestors who stayed behind in Øvre Eiker, Buskerud using the 1910 Norway census.