Monday, March 13, 2006

Digitalarkivet

My appreciation of Norway's Digitalarkivet (Digital Archives) is diminished by my ignorance of the Norwegian language, but only a smidgen. The site has 652,165 images from parish registers, and transcribed data from a dozen Norwegian censuses. The databases are best approached through the WebMeta interface, which reveals the true extent of Digitalarkivet's offerings, ranging from the invaluable ("Deaths in Norway 1995-April 2001") to the worrisome ("Norwegian lepers immigrating to the US until 1888"). English support is good, but don't be surprised if the language suddenly changes to something disturbingly foreign.