The judicial registration material consists of mortgage records and mortgage registers, and although required by mainly real estate agents and lawyers, it is also required by private individuals. This is why the digitalization of the material was given highest priority after the church books had been fully digitalized in 2007.

The State Archives originally owned mortgage records and registers up until 1935, and, for some public offices, for a longer period. The material had been microfilmed almost in its entirety and could be scanned directly from the film. The most significant exceptions are mortgage records and registers of some public offices belonging to the State Archives in Trondheim and a few large format mortgage registers belonging to the State Archives in Oslo.

The scanning of the microfilms was completed in 2008, and the indexation was completed by the State Archives. A temporary solution was made for viewing and navigating the scanned material, which was launched during the spring of 2008. The material that had not been microfilmed has since been book and bunk scanned. As the indexation process is so time-consuming, the material is yet to be published.

A deal was made with the Norwegian Mapping Authority during the spring 2009 regarding mortgage records for the period 1936-1950. Around 3500 Mortgage Records were sent to the National Archives to be digitalized and published in the Digital Archives. The mortgage records were then transferred to the appropriate State Archives. At the same time The National Archives were given permission to take over “Gammel Grunnbok” from The microfilmed material was scanned in the State Archive during 2009-2010, and the scanned material will be registered and published during 2011.

These temporary services are to be developed further. When this work has been concluded all judicial registration material up until 1950 will be available online. This includes around 8 million pictures from the mortgage records and 5,5 millions pictures from “Gammel Grunnbok”.