How to find graves in Norway


Summer is a time of the year when many of us are planning to visit key locations for some of our family branches. By moving our focus on our ancestors from a textual to a physical approach can give many of us a good memory for life.

There is something special to be in places you have read about online or in the municipal books. By visiting these sites you will get a different nearness to your family history. If you are lucky you will still find some of the buildings that were there when your ancestors lived. You can then imagine them walking the same roads and going on with their lives. In this way you can feel how it must have been to live in the area whether it was in the 1700s, 1800s, 1900s or maybe even earlier.

Many genealogists can feel attracted to cemeteries. Each may have their own reasons for that. Maybe you want to get dates double-checked or control how a name is spelled? Take a picture of a grave stone or maybe you just want to get as close as possible to the ancestors you have documented in your family tree.

Some web pages

Perhaps the best known way to find out where a relative is buried is Gravminnebasen (The Grave Memory Base) of the association
Slekt og Data (Family and Data). The base is a gold mine to quickly and easily find which tombs are found around in our long-stretched country. The page is in Norwegian, but if you open it up with Google Crome it is possible to get it translated into English.

The registration of burial sites has been the official focus area for
Slekt og Data since April 2004. The association itself provides the grave memory archive as its most significant contribution for preserving perishable cultural monuments.

Should you get no hits on the names in Gravminnebasen, the reason might be that the grave has been deleted and thus not registered by Slekt og Data. Don’t worry, there is still an opportunity to find out where your relative is buried.

The digital way of finding deleted graves

Through the website, run by Beryl K. Ramvik, you get a quick view over where you can search for burial sites at most cemeteries in Norway. The search engine also contains deleted graves. These pages are also in Norwegian. If you open it up with Google Crome it is possible to get it translated into English with a right side click on your mouse.

This website even has links to both Familysearch and Ellis Island.

When you find the entry of the deceased on, you will get a number for the grave. This number consists of four parts separated by periods. The second number refers to the area where the grave is located in the cemetery. This is where is useful again.

The website contains a number of maps of Norway’s cemeteries with precisely the same area numbers. If you find the deceased in a search, you can quickly locate which area the deceased is buried.

The analogue way to find deleted graves

If you happen to be unlucky and your chosen cemetery has not a database of its graves, then you must proceed in a slightly more analogous way.

At you will get an overview of the various churches around the country. You can contact these for assistance in finding graves, also the deleted ones.

In the upper right corner of that page you will find a possibility to get an English translation. The search engine itself is unfortunately not translated. The words: Søk etter innhold og menigheter means Search for content and churches.

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