Norwegian Genealogy, Names, and GEDCOM files

For the DNA-test to be really useful, genealogy work is always necessary. These pages will help you through the first steps.

Important reading

Introduction to Genealogy in Norway

“10 tips for beginners” from Slekt & Data

How to start tracing your ancestry in Norway from the National Archives

Norwegian Kings and Vikings: Do they belong in your family tree?


Do not just copy information found on various websites: Learn to use primary sources

The Norwegian Digital archives with scanned parish records, census records and a lot more are open and free for all to use to trace ancestors and family: Norwegian Digital Archives online They also have resources on Genealogical Research in Norway

There are two discussion forums where anyone can post queries.

See also our Facebook group for those who want to discuss various issues there – no need to have tested to join.


Genealogy software and GEDCOM

It is absolutely necessary to have some kind of genealogical software to keep and save all information and sources when working with ancestry.

A GEDCOM file is used to move information between software, and to upload a tree to your FTDNA account.

You need a genealogy program, software, to create a tree and generate a GEDCOM file with all your information.

List of available software with comparisons. Many of these are free or have free versions.

Norsk – some useful vocabulary

  • farfar – paternal grandfather
  • farmor – paternal grandmother
  • morfar – maternal grandfather
  • mormor – maternal grandmother
  • oldefar – any great grandfather
  • oldemor – any great grandmother
  • slekt – any relative or family, “cousin” of any degree


Norway Heritage website for passenger lists and more

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