Norway Record Selection Table

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The table below can help you decide which records to search. In column 1 find the goal you selected. In column 2 find the types of records that are most likely to have the information you need. Then turn to that section of this outline. (The terms used in columns 2 and 3 are the same as the subject headings used in this outline and in the Locality section of the Family History Library Catalog.) Column 3 lists those sections of this outline that may also be useful.Record containing previous research (biography, genealogy, history, nobility, periodicals, and societies) could provide useful information. These have been listed repeatedly if they are especially helpful. Records containing previous research (biography, genealogy, history, nobility, periodicals, and societies) could provide information for most of the goals. These have not been repeatedly listed unless they are especially helpful for the goal.

1. If You Need 2. Look First In 3. Then Search


Church Records

Birth date

Church Records

Genealogy (Bygdebøk)


Census (1865 and later)

Church Records


Church Records

Probate Records, Court Records

Emigration information

Emigration and Immigration

Societies, Genealogy (Bygdebøk)

Historical background


Social Life and Customs, Societies

Language helps

Language and Languages

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Living relatives


Societies, Directories(Bygdebøk)


Church Records

Genealogy (Bygdebøk)

Naming customs

Names, Personal

Social Life and Customs

Noble families


Biography, Periodicals


Church Records

Census, Genealogy (Bygdebøk)

Parents, children, and other family members

Church Records

Census, Probate Records, Court Records, Genealogy (Bygdebøk)

Parish, district, and county boundaries



Physical description

Military Records

Biography, Genealogy (Bygdebøk)

Place-finding aids


Maps, Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Places of residence

Church Records

Census, Land and Property, Genealogy

Previous research (compiled genealogy)

Genealogy, Periodicals, Societies

History, Biography, Archives and Libraries