New column in The Norwegian American

A new column, Norwegian Genealogy Detective, will start up soon in the pages of The Norwegian American. The column will be managed by Norwegian genealogist, Liv Marit Haakenstad, from Hamar, Norway. In this column, she and her research team will help people find their Norwegian Roots. The genealogical submission is open only to current subscribers of The Norwegian American. Her research team, with over seventy-five years’ experience in Norwegian and Norwegian-American genealogy, will pick one case every month, and this person will get free assistance to find their Norwegian roots. Information from the submissions and their findings will be published in The Norwegian American, and a detailed report will be sent to the person submitting the case. If more people submit questions than we have space to publish, her research team would be available privately to respond to genealogical inquiries for a fee. Haakenstad has written nine books on Norwegian emigration and genealogy in addition to more than a hundred articles, published in genealogical and computer magazines. She is a frequent contributor to the research staff of Who Do You Think You Are? TV show and is a well-known speaker at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live! conference and many others. For more information:

Hint the Emigrant Lists

The new Digital Archive has not completed putting all the new features in place yet, one of the most cumbersome is perhaps the lack of ability to scroll forward and back in the emigrant lists. There is however a solution. In the address line at the top of your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari etc.), there is a number in the end of the line. This can be changed, and on the way you can scroll forward and backward in the source.

For example: Alfred Theodor Andersen has the web address, but if we change the last two numbers to 37, using the full address, we get hits on the next in line, Alfred Thorvald Torgersen. These are two cousins who journeyed to America together. This is not the best solution but it gives you the opportunity to browse in the lists.

It is still an option to use the old version of The Digital Archive.

Nordisk Tidende online

Nordisk Tidende, the Norwegian newspaper in Brooklyn, is now online, and could be read at Choose “Avansert søk” (Advanced search), “Aviser” (Newspapers), and “Nordisk Tidende” from the drop-down menu under “Tittel” (Title), and you will find the newspaper. You could also do a search for a word under “Søkestreng”, or several words like “Carl Søyland”. It is also possible to leave out words from the search, by choosing “Ingen av disse ordene” (ex. Carl), or just some words under “Noen av disse ordene” (ex. “Søyland Manhattan”), you will get a result with everybody called Søyland, but not Carl Søyland, and hits for Søyland at Manhattan. It is also an option to choose dates; “Fra dato” (from date) and “Til dato” (to date). Remember to use the Norwegian date format 03.01.1917 (3 Jan 1917).

Scanned Church Records III

This is a follow up to the post «Scanned Church Records II».

Source Information, References and User settings


In the area above, you will find three icons:

  1. an «i» for Source Information
  2. a chain icon for References
  3. a tool (looks like a sprocket) icon for User Settings. Click on the tool icon.

A black box will appear on the right side of the screen that gives several options. You can now choose your own settings. Under Other, you will see that you can check the box next to “Source information like in the old program version”. This allows you to see source information like it used to be in the older version.


Below «Other» there are several other choices you can make for copying Clipboard. Remember you have to be logged in to make these settings. Choices you can make are for Image, Source Information and Reference. You may have to select several options until the print image or saved image is as you want it. When you are satisfied with your choices click Save at the bottom.

The viewer

To use the viewer itself, you can use the arrows or the slider, depending on how many pages you want to go through at once. It is possible to use shortcuts, so if you click on the «i» (Toggle controls), and hide the toolbar, you can use Shift + arrows to go to the Next or Previous page. A click on «f» will give you a full screen, and you could easily go back by clicking «f» again. The question mark at the top right between Norsk/English and your user name will give you the shortcuts.

Print and share images

There are various ways to print or share an image. After the Booklet is downloaded, you could print the Booklet by choosing File and Print (in most PDF viewers).


At there is a button that will allow you to open the Permanent image-link in a new tab in the browser. From here you could Save or print the image from the browser’s menu. The same icon is used for linking to transcribed sources.

The Side menu has three different opportunities for sharing the picture of the scanned Church Record either by E-mail, Facebook or Twitter.

Depending on the computer you are using, i.e., Mac and Windows, and the browser you are using, there will be different options for printing an image.

If you save the picture to your hard drive, either in your pictures or downloads folders, you could share it this way, and upload it to Social Media, such as Facebook, at any time.

Permanent Image ID

Make sure you are logged in to your User account. Go to User settings, and a new menu called « Clipboard» shows up. When you choose Permanent Image ID and Permanent Image Link, and click Save.

You need to identify #1, 2, 3 in the image below and what they refer to.


Go back to References, mark the Permanent image ID, copy it, and paste it into an email, your genealogy program, or anywhere you want to save it for use later.

If you now go back to the front page by clicking Home, or go to, you could paste the number from Permanent image ID, ex. kb20070116630729, into the Direct lookup (image-ID) in the bottom, and click Lookup. You will then go straight to the page you are searching.

Short cuts

There are several possibilities for short cuts in the viewer:

Image viewer

Previous shift = + ←

Next shift = + →

Scroll down = page down

Scroll up = page up

Scroll to left margin = Home

Scroll to right margin = End

Scroll to top left corner = ctrl + Home

Scroll to bottom right corner = ctrl + End

Toggle full screen = f

Adjust zoom level = 1 2 3 4

Reset zoom level = 0

Reset all image settings = x

Rotate image = r

Toggle controls = t

Toggle side menu = m

Links and sharing = l

Source information = i

Copy source information to your clipboard = k

Global Help = h

Scanned Church Records II

This is a follow up to the post «Scanned Church Records».


Directly above the scanned images you will see a bar (marked in red, #1), and under the bar (marked in orange, #2) you will see a toggle control. The toggle control allows you to move back and forth in the records by using the arrows to search one page at a time. You can also rotate the image, invert it, etc. On the right side, (marked in green, #4), you will find a Side menu with more information about the source.

The tool bar is very helpful. If you hold your mouse over each icon you will see an explanation for what clicking on each icon can do for you. You can also hide and show the tools by clicking on the toggle control.

You can also toggle to a full screen by clicking on the expandable arrows which is the fourth button from the right. To revert back, click on the same button again. The third button from the right will copy the source information into your clipboard.

In the older version of Digital Archives there was an option to make two kinds of PDF from the viewer, but making a PDF is a little bit different now.

You must first create an user account, and sign in.


Go to Sign In (see the red box at the top) and create an account by using your email address and choosing a password. You will then be sent a confirmation email from Digital Archives. You must now click on the link in the email to confirm you have received it. You are now registered and may proceed.

Go back to your search record. The last button will hide or show the reference side. But let’s go back to the arrow that points down – the second from right.


From here you can add an image. You will see that as soon as the image is added, the number of images you have added will come up in the booklet.

You can make a booklet two ways. You can make it from one image or you could take an interval of pages, for example, pages 28-38, which will generate one PDF with all of your images together. You have to click start interval and stop interval. When using the slider bar to choose your pages, click stop interval and generate PDF.

For example, if you start on image/page 4 and then drag the slider bar to image/page 14 and go back and stop the interval, you can click on booklet on the top of the screen and click on create booklet on the bottom. The booklet will then contain the pages 4-14, and you will have an option of downloading the booklet or sending it by email.

Adding images from several church records

If you want to add images for one person to your booklet, you can add events such as birth, confirmation, marriage and death. After you have finished adding all the images that you want in the booklet, you can give the active booklet a name such as «Birth Jenny Marie Engebretsen 1875», and click on Save to the right. You can also include the cover and index page when you create a booklet if you choose. Click Create booklet. This might take some time depending on the size.

You could now Download the Booklet, or send it by email. If the booklet you have created is not too large, it can be sent by email to someone you are working with. A larger sized Booklet has to be shared in places like Dropbox.


If you like to use print images in your genealogy records, family tree program or you want to keep printed documents in a binder for a particular person or family, you can still do that. This blog post will continue, and you will learn more about how to print images etc. in the next blogpost.

Scanned Church Records

All of the scanned material at the Digital Archives can be found at the following link:

Click on English in the right hand corner.

Here you will find the Parish registers, Censuses, Probate records, Court records, Deeds registry and Miscellaneous records.

Search for a Parish register

Today we will look at the Parish registers. We will be clicking on Browse under the heading Norway. To the left of the screen you will see various options. Click on County, and select, for example, Oppland. It is also possible to choose several counties at one time.

The next searchable area is under Archive. Click on Archive and choose Biri prestekontor. Here you can make several other choices and you also have the option to narrow your search to more specific data.

Next, click on the Search button and you will get an overview of all church records from Biri. Mouse over the choices to show what records can be searched. For example, when you hover over «dp» (døpt) you will see that is birth and baptism records. Other common ones are «kf» (konfirmasjon) for confirmation, «vi» (viede) for marriage, «gr» (gravlagte) for deceased and buried. You can see that you can narrow your choice to a specific year.


Screenshot from the Digital Archive showing some of the choices you have for search, and the search result.

There are 4 separate registries: the Official Parish register, the Copy of the Parish register (klokkerbok), the Banns register (for marriages) and a Birth register of more recent births.

To the right on a search result, you will find First Page (see blue marker (# 4) on the screen shot above) on the same screen. First Page allows you to see the cover of the parish register and all the pages. Once you click on First Page, you will see that you can use the slider bar that is just above the church record viewer to move back and forth through the records for the year you have chosen. It shows the image number, and events such as birth, confirmations and death.

If you only want to search a specific year click on Content on the far right (see green marker (# 5) on the screen shot above). You will see a detailed year by year choice of the parish records. This allows you to see all the records that are available for the Archive you chose (here; Biri) and the years that are available to search. If you want to search for a birth in a specific year, click on the year and you will be taken to the actual parish records for that year.

Click on the Biri Church Record 1877-1886 and dp.

This blog post will continue.