How similar are you to a Norwegian genealogist?


Slekt1, the Norwegian mother page of Geneastuff, conducted a survey of Norwegian genealogists in November last year.

From responses in the survey, we can draw this image of the average Norwegian genealogist:

The typical researcher is a 50-year-old woman. She shares housing with one  person and together they have an annual income of between US$ 40,000 and 60,000. She has children, but not yet any grandchildren.

Although she is interested in genealogy, she has never taken a DNA test.


She will say that she is not too good in mastering the Gothic writing, but is able to decipher a lot of names from the church records. She has learned genealogy on her own without any kind of course or study.

Although she has not written a family book (yet), she has revealed more than 1,000 ancestors.

Our typical genealogical researcher is not a member of any history organization, but has signed up with a genealogy group.

She does not really spend money on genealogy, but subscribes to MyHeritage.

Working method

Although she now is working with genealogy in the cloud, she had experience of genealogical research before the PC became a regular working tool. She has in fact been involved in genealogy research for over 25 years! When she picked up this hobby she was at the age of 30. What
got her started was primarily curiosity about her own family.

She has never earned money on her hobby, which she prefers to call family research rather than genealogy, family history or mapping.

In order to find relatives or stories about her family, she is also searching physical places like archives, libraries and museums. Unveiling new information, she thoroughly records how, where and when the information was revealed.