Norway Births - What else you can try

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How to find birth records, marriage records and death records, Why Can't I Find the Record - Norway Births

This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find birth information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the birth section of the Norway Guided Research page.

Additional Online Resources


Additional Databases and Online Resources

Substitute Records


Additional Records with Birth Information

Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for birth events may not have been created at the time of the birth. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.

Use these substitute records to locate birth information about your ancestor:
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FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Church Records
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Birth/baptism records provide name of child, christening date (occasionally birth date), name of father, place of residence, and whether illegitimate or legitimate.
Death Records
Norway Death Guided Research
Will include date of death, and date of burial, age of the deceased, and place within the parish where the person lived at the time of death. May also list what sickness a person died from. Early death records 1623- early 1700s may not give the age of the deceased.
Census Records
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Census records starting in 1801 list every household member, including age at time of census. This provides an estimated birth year. (Searchable censuses: 1801, 1865, 1870, 1875, 1885, 1890, 1900, 1910, covering various areas)
Farm Books (bygdebok)
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Farm books often give vital information about those who lived on a particular farm in Norway.

Improve Searching


Tips for finding births

Success with finding birth records in online databases depends on a few key points:

  • Your ancestor's name may misspelled. Try the following search tactics:
  • Try searching for the parents if known, instead of the child.
  • Try different spelling variations of the first and last name of your ancestor (e.g. Christian, Kristian).
  • Try a given name search (leave out the last names).
  • The use of patronymics was largely discontinued after the mid 1800s in favor of permanent surnames. See this article for more information.
  • Expand the date range of the search.
  • Try searching with the county name or in surrounding parishes.
  • If your ancestor's name is common, try adding more information to narrow the search, such as relationships.

Why the Record may not Exist


Known Record Gaps

Records Start
Most churches began keeping baptism records (the most important source of birth information) in the early-mid 1700s. Record availability before that time period is inconsistent.

Records Published by FamilySearch
Collection coverage tables show the places and time periods of original records published by FamilySearch. For any FamilySearch collections you did not find your ancestor in, check the coverage table for gaps in the online collection. If the time period or location your ancestor lived in is missing from the collection, it may require searches in records found at original repository or finding substitute records for the event.

Records Destroyed
Any known record loss will be mentioned on the parish page. Locate your parish by navigating to the parish page starting here.

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