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Table 1: Overview of Norwegian Censuses 1663 to 1920
(adapted from Ståle Dyrvik, Historisk demografi, 1983)

Census Unit of enumeration Type of form Information on age Age groupings Occupa-tions Manuscripts are kept in the Copies Comments
1663-1666 The person Household Approximate National Archive Web Males only
1701 The person Household Approximate National Archive Film, paper Males > 1 only
Aug 15 1769 Church district Parish Present age 8 groups < 48 9 groups National Archive Book
Feb 1 1801 The person Lists of persons Next birthday - - - - National Archive Web
Apr 30 1815 The parish Church district Parish ?? 12 groups National Archive Film
Nov 27 1825 Main farm Each farm Present age 10 year groups 15 groups National Archive Film
Nov 20 1835 Main farm Each farm Present age 0, 1-2, 3-4, 5-9, then 10-year 15 groups National Archive Film
Dec 31 1845 Each farm List of farms Present age 0, 1-2, 3-4, 5-9, then 10-year 24 groups National Archive / District archives Film
Dec 31 1855 Each farm List of farms Present age 5 year groups 0-30 and 50-70, else 10 years 16 groups National Archive / District archives Film
Dec 31 1865 The person Lists of persons Next birthday - - - - National Archive Web
Dec 31 1875 The person Household Year of birth - - - - District archives Film Some web
Jan 1 1891 The person Each person Year of birth - - - - National Archive Some fiche
Dec 3 1900 The person Household Year of birth - - - - District archives Web
Dec 1 1910 The person Household Date of birth - - - - National Archive
Dec 1 1920 The person Each person Date of birth - - - - District archives

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Table 2: Information to be found in the nominative Norwegian Censuses 1801 to 1910

Field or column 1801 1865 1875 1891 1900 1910 1920
Enumeration district - - - - Y Y Y Y Y
School district - - R - - - - - - - -
House number - - - - - - Y T Y Y
Domicile number - - - - Y T Y T T
Page number Y Y - - - - - - - -
Farm name or street address Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Farm, house or street number Y - - T Y Y Y Y
Part of farm number - - - - - - R R R R
Old farm or house numbers - - Y Y Y - T
Number of houses, flats or amenities - - Y Y Y Y Y Y
Number and types of rooms - - - - - - T T T Y
Household marker Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Number of persons Y - - - - Y Y Y Y
Person's sequence number in list - - - - Y Y Y Y Y
Name of person Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Sex Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
If absent or visiting - - - - - - Y Y Y Y
Permanent domicile - - - - Y Y Y Y Y
Presumed temporary residence - - - - Y Y Y Y Y
Family or household status Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Marital status Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Occupation Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Whether unemployed - - - - - - - - - - Y Y
Age / Year / Date of birth A A Y Y Y/D D D
Birthplace - - Y Y Y Y Y Y
Citizenship - - - - Y Y Y Y Y
Religious affiliation - - Y Y Y Y Y Y
Illness or mental disorder - - Y Y Y Y Y Y
When was the illness contracted? - - Y Y Y - - - - - -
Ethnicity - - (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y)
Language spoken - - (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y)
Number and types of livestock - - Y Y T T - - - -
Amount and types of seed - - Y Y T T - - - -
Ships in harbour - - - - Y Y Y Y Y
Returned emigrants - - - - - - - - - - Y Y
Marital & fertility history Y

Legend:

Y : Information found everywhere (Y) : Only in certain districts

T : In towns and cities only R : Only in rural areas

- - : No such column in this census