5 Websites for Norwegian Genealogy

By Diane Haddad

If you have ancestors in Norway, their old records might be in Norwegian, Danish or Swedish. Their parish name might refer to a village, a fork in the road or the largest town in the area.

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Scandinavian genealogy expert Diana Crisman Smith is very familiar with these Norwegian research challenges, and she’ll help you get around them in our Norwegian Genealogy Crash Course webinar, coming up on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Here, Diana gives you a sneak peek at the webinar by sharing some of her favorite online resources for Norwegian genealogy:

  • The National Archival Services of Norway, which has record indexes and transcriptions, along with some digital images. You’ll also find interesting articles such as Norwegian Emigration to America 1825-1939.
  • Norway-Heritage: Hands Across the Sea, with searchable indexes and helpful explanationd for understanding Norwegian names.
  • Norwegian Genealogical Society (Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening, or NSF) website, which lets you search an online index of its publication
  •, which in addition to online genealogy records, has abundant information in its research wiki.
  • Ancestry & History (Slekt & Historie), a site all about the authors’ personal research, along with historical information and links to more than 100 additional resources.

In the Norwegian Genealogy Crash Course webinar, Diana will show you how to use these and other resources, and give you details about the most important Norwegian genealogy records, how to find those records, and tips for reading the records.

As always, anyone who registers for the webinar receives a PDF handout of the webinar slides, as well as access to view the webinar again as often as desired.

Learn more about the Norwegian Genealogy Crash Course webinar in Family Tree Shop.