Historical Population Registers
The Norwegian Research Council has funded the planning of a historical population for Norway. This will
extend the modern population register backwards in time from 1964. The parts older than ca 1910 will be open to
the public, while the newer parts will be available only for bona fide researchers, and usually
only as anonymized versions.
The long-term goal is a national Norwegian population register for the time period since 1800 and where possible even earlier. The short-term goal is an expanding population register covering an increasing number of representative regions during this period by linking information in currently transcribed and additional computerized sources.
As the forefront of population research also historically moves from the use of crosssectional sources to longitudinal registers, the data structure of our source material must be reorganized in order to serve us and our major international partners in comparative research.
For a host of research questions in the humanities, social sciences and medicine a longitudinal structure opens up possibilities in three new ways: 1) The period before 1960 will be opened up for longitudinal research on a national scale. 2) The analysis of recent social and other population phenomena can be based on data with a longer time horizon. 3) It is of crucial importance to be able to follow individuals, kinship and genetic networks over extended time periods.
Wiki-page for the project.
The project is managed by the Norwegian Historical Data Centre at the University of Tromsø with the following partners:The National and Regional Archives of Norway (Arkivverket)
The University of Oslo
Norwegian Computing Center
The Norwegian Institute of Local History
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health
The Demographic Database at Umeå University
The Historical Sample of the Netherland
The Minnesota Population Center
Dr Kåre Bævre launched the register idea at the annual meeting of the Norwegian Demographic Society in 2006 Last ned presentasjon
The application to the Norwegian Research Council can be found here: download
For å press release in Norwegian: Historisk befolkningsregister for Norge
Line Eikvil, Lars Holden, Kåre Bævre: Automatiske metoder som hjelp til transkribering av historiske kilder. Last ned notat fra Norsk regnesentral oppdatert oktober 2010References:
Rapport fra HBRs forprosjekt
Norwegian Historical Data Centre (NHDC)
Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Teaching
University of Tromsø, N-9037 Tromsø, NORWAY
Updated: 31 May 2011