Historic Norwegian Population register

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The historic population register, Historisk Befolkningsregister, (histreg) is a developing resource from a project funded by the Norwegian government. Its aim is to create a database of the Norwegian population in a historic perspective, starting with the 19th and early 20th century, with links to the sources.

It's still in its infancy, like WikiTree will depend on volunteers to grow and it's not quite ready for the average volunteer yet, but there's been some automagical connection of people in the 1900 and 1910 censuses, and it's an alternative portal to all the primary sources available in the Norwegian digital archives. (I worked briefly on connecting some of my own ancestors, but found the interface for edits very cumbersome and had the feeling I was doing work that would be better to do through (semi-)automated processes.)

Whereas the Digital Archives has an English language website, histreg is in Norwegian only, but any Norwegian sources require some understanding of Norwegian so I think it's still a relevant source for anyone interested in Norway.

Here, as an example, is the page for the physicist Kristian Birkeland.

asked in The Tree House by Bjørnar Tuftin G2G6 (9.9k points)
edited by Bjørnar Tuftin

3 Answers

+3 votes
Appreciate your flagging this. Since it identifies Bygdebøker links it should be quite useful.   Thanks!
answered by Jim Wiborg G2G6 (9.2k points)
Unfortunately the bygdebøker are only available online with a Norwegian IP-address.
It sounds like it's time to set up a proxy address ;)
;-)  ..
That's a breach of the user agreement and I can neither confirm nor deny that it works for Norwegians who currently reside in Boston ...
+4 votes
Just giving this a bump. It is still a very much incomplete project and not the most user friendly. But any Norwegian genealogist who likes collaborative trees like WikiTree should consider contributing to this.

When all the easy people are connected up this will make it that much easier to look for the stragglers. Imagine looking for your stray Ole Olsen in the 1900 census and for each candidate immediately get information on parents, spouses, children and appearance in other censuses. Makes it so much easier to eliminate the wrong ones.

But someone has to do all the hard work first! ;)
answered by Bjørnar Tuftin G2G6 (9.9k points)
+3 votes
Seems like I still have to learn some of the genealogical abbreviations and terms to be able to understand those tables completely, but actually it is just the Norwegian part of my tree that made me start learning Norwegian. But what is Logerende (for Andreas Birkeland) in the transcript tables? And hf also.... it must be something "... av familien" but I don't have an idea what the h stands for.
answered by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Mach 7 (73.5k points)
For now histreg is too incomplete to be interesting for most, but your questions are relevant for the regular census records as well.

"Logerende" means "Lodger" and "hf" is an abbreviation of "husfar" - head of household (lit. "house father", "father of the house")
Tusen takk!

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