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Few Danish ancestors were the subject of biographies; therefore, there are few Danish biographical sources. Those that exist include only the most notable citizens.
Some brief biographies have been gathered and published in collective biographies, sometimes called biographical encyclopedias or dictionaries. These usually include biographies of prominent or well-known citizens of Denmark. Others feature biographies of specific groups of people, such as musicians or Protestant ministers.
The following are two significant biographical encyclopedias:
- Bricka, C. F. Dansk Biografisk Lexikon (Danish Biographical Encyclopedia). København: F. Hegel & Son, Inc., 1887. (FHL book Ref 948.9 D36d, vols. 1-20.)
- Wiberg, S. V. En almindelig dansk Præstehistorie (A General Danish Priests' History). København: J. D. Qvist & Company, 1870. (FHL book Ref 948.9 D2w, vols. 1-4.)
Collective biographies at the Family History Library are generally listed in the Place search of the catalog under one of the following:
DENMARK - BIOGRAPHY
DENMARK, [COUNTY] - BIOGRAPHY
DENMARK, [COUNTY], [CITY] - BIOGRAPHY
Also check the Surname search to see if it lists biographies for the surnames in which you are interested.
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