Two new Norway census record collections added to MyHeritage website


15 December 2020
MyHeritage has announced that it has added two new collections of Norway Census records to its website: the 1875 Norway Census and the 1870 Norway Census.

These Norway census record collections hold particular interest as they cover a unique time in Norwegian history. The largest single wave of emigration from Norway occurred between 1879 and 1893. Spurred on by the promise of new opportunities, 250,000 Norwegians left Norway for other countries like the U.S. The 1875 census offers the opportunity to catch a snapshot about these Norwegian ancestors while they were still in Norway. For anyone outside Norway with Norwegian heritage, this census collection may unlock important details about their Norwegian roots.

Census extra information

Beyond their historical significance, the collections are important as they contain details that are not often found within a typical census collection. In addition to listing the person’s name, residence, position within the family, gender, marital status, and occupation, the census also includes:

  • information on languages spoken
  • birthplace of the residents
  •  their birth years
  •  in some cases, medical conditions are listed

Also included are individuals who were temporary residents of the household or those registered to a household who may have been absent at the time of the census count. This means that a single individual may have been listed in more than one entry, if they were visiting another home at the time the census was taken. 

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Digitised in collaboration with National Archives of Norway (Arkivverket), the 2 million records in these collections include high-quality scans of the original documents.

Explore the records at MyHeritage

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