My name is Laila Normann Christiansen. I have been doing genealogy for more than 20 years, the last 10 years as a professional genealogist. I am located in Oslo, the capital of Norway.

Many of my clients have been Americans or Australians with Norwegian or Swedish ancestors. Some with no knowledge about where their ancestor came from other than «Norway» or «Sweden», and with an Americanized name. Most of these cases can be solved with today’s many online resources and a combination of experience, knowledge and search skills. Some cases have to be solved by going to the Archives, or taking a DNA-test to at least get a clue on geographic area.  If you consider a DNA-test, I suggest you read about the Norway Project, or Sweden Project (external websites) to make sure you do the right test.

I have assisted law offices in Norway and USA to find legal heirs in Norway (Nominated Executors of Estate, not «heir hunters»). I have also worked on several TV productions with genealogical research, both in Norway and Sweden.

Since my office is in Oslo, I have close access to the main repositories for genealogical resources, the National Archives of Norway, Regional State Archives Oslo, Oslo City Archives, The National Library of Norway and several museums and other repositories.

Please feel free to send me your questions by email:

You will soon understand why the motto is: «-we’ll find them!»