The Norwegian Historic Population Register and Migration

Journal of Migration History

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This article describes the development of the Norwegian Historical Population Register, which is the first open national register. In the period 1735–1964, 9.7 million people lived in Norway, and for them 37.5 million events (such as birth, death, or migration) have been recorded in sources. We link together as many events as possible for the same persons and families, but only include links that have a high probability of being correct. The linking is performed by automatic methods and crowdsourcing. A national population register is important for migration research. It allows us to reconstruct (stepwise) internal migration in Norway, frequently followed by international migration from Norway, as well as return migration to Norway. Many non-Norwegian sources also specify place of birth by country, and this makes it possible to identify individuals in Norwegian sources.

The Norwegian Historic Population Register and Migration

Journal of Migration History



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    Part of the person page for Christian Michelsen, who was prime minister in Norway. The sources are, from the top: census 1865, marriage 1881, census 1885, father in baptism 1887 and censuses 1891 and 1910. The blue text are links to external sources and person pages for family members. The occupation was first a student, then lawyer and finally a ship owner.

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    Illustration of the result of a search for Roald Amundsen in the HPR. The hits are, from the top: municipal census from Kristiania from 1885, national census in 1910, national census in 1900, municipal census from Kristiania in 1875 and then two registrations from the emigration register from 1922 and 1924 respectively. Occupation is listed as a student, sailor, researcher and captain.

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