Denmark Genealogy

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Guide to Denmark ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

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Country Information[edit | edit source]

Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe bordering Sweden, Norway, and Germany. Danish is the official language with Faroese, Greenlandic, and German being recognized languages.

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Denmark Research

Links to articles on getting started with Denmark research.

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Denmark Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Denmark research.

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Finding Your Ancestors' Town in Denmark[edit | edit source]

  • Genealogical records are organized by geographical locality. Civil registration (government birth, marriage, and death records) and church records (christenings/baptisms, marriages, and burials) were kept at the local level. To search these records, you must know the town where your ancestors lived.
  • If you do not know your ancestors' town, follow the advice in the Wiki article, Denmark Finding Town of Origin, to search a variety of records that might provide that information.

Denmark Clickable Map[edit | edit source]

The map below shows county boundaries from about 1793 to 1970.

HjørringHjørringÅlborgThistedViborgRandersRandersRingkøbingSkanderborgÅrhusRibeVejleTønderHaderslevÅbenråSønderborgOdenseSvendborgMariboHolbækSorøFrederiksborgPræstøKøbenhavnBornholmKøbenhavn CityDanish Amts 1793 to 1970 2x2.jpg

Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

Counties[edit | edit source]

The Standard which FamilySearch uses is as follows: Town, Sogn (Parish), Herred, Amt (County), Denmark. Click on a county below to go to the state Wiki article listing more information. The Counties of Denmark (1793 - 1970).

Denmark Parishes[edit | edit source]

2007 Regions[edit | edit source]

Denmark Regions 2007.jpg

On 1 January 2007 the counties were reorganized into five regions. Their official names are:

  • Region Hovedstaden
  • Region Sjælland
  • Region Nordjylland
  • Region Midtjylland
  • Region Syddanmark

More Denmark Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first. Below are additional research strategy Wiki articles for Denmark.

More Denmark Research Tools[edit | edit source]

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Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in. Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools for Denmark.

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Church[edit | edit source]

Handwriting and Language[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Resources[edit | edit source]

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.