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Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964
This article describes a collection of records at
Copenhagen, Copenhagen, 
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Location of Denmark
Record Description
Record Type Civil registration
Collection years: 1806-1966
Language: Danish
Title in the Language: Danmark, København, Borgerlige vielser
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Copenhagen City Archives

Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection consists of marriage licenses and records for the city of Copenhagen for the years 1739 to 1964. If you have ancestors who were married in the city of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg or Gentofte during this time period they may be found in the records that make up this collection. This collection can also be used in connection with the Copenhagen Police Department's Registerblade, a list of all persons living in Copenhagen.

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of marriage licenses and records for the city of Copenhagen for the years 1851 to 1961. Civil marriages (Borgerlige vielser) were first allowed in Denmark in 1851. In Copenhagen city the marriage was recorded by a magistrate. The marriage was recorded in special notarial registers called Borgerlige vielsesprotokoller, Ægteskabsprotokoller, or Ægtegkabsjournaler.

These registers vary in content and arrangement by area. Some include a considerable number of supporting documents, such as baptismal certificates, while others record only the names and residences of the the bridal couple. In 1923 the registration process was changed by legislation enacted in 1922. This made the mayor the registering officer in the cities and the parish sheriff the registrar in rural areas. The registration form was also standardized into a columnar format and renamed to Lysningsjournal.

Not all of these records include a date when the marriage was performed. If no date is recorded look at the image of the record to determine the date when the application was made. Additional records and/or images may be added to this collection in the future.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Danish. For help reading them see:

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

These records are an excellent source for validating the date and place of a marriage. If a marriage record for a couple cannot be found in the church registers, the civil marriage registers are an excellent source to check.

Information Borgerlige vielsesprotokoller Lysningsjournaler
Name X X
Residence X X
Birthplace X X
Birth date X X
Parents' names X
Previous Religion X
Present Religion X
Marital status X X
What religion will any children be raised in X
Witnesses X
Date Issued X X
Marriage Date X X

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Records in this Collection[edit | edit source]

Record Record (English) Start Year End Year
Borgerlige vielsesprotokoller Civil marriages 1851 1922
Lysningsjournaler Marrige licenses 1922 1964
Register til borgerlig vielsesprotokol Index to civil marriages 1851 1923
Registre til kopulationsprotokoller Index to marriage licenses 1864 1868

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

This table shows the number of marriage records per year included in this collection as of 25 June, 2021. Only records where a marriage date was recorded are listed on this table.

Year Records Year Records Year Records Year Records Year Records Year Records
1887 254 1897 186 1907 844 1917 977 1927 2,934 1937 6,826
1888 304 1898 182 1908 871 1918 1,072 1928 3,195 1938 5,986
1889 224 1899 180 1909 841 1919 1,134 1929 3,147 1939 7,023
1890 236 1900 237 1910 869 1920 1,164 1930 3,449 1940 6,654
1891 200 1901 252 1911 910 1921 869 1931 3,568 1941 6,183
1892 231 1902 288 1912 951 1922 772 1932 4,205 1942 6,634
1893 250 1903 457 1913 880 1923 1,986 1933 4,616 1943 6,508
1894 272 1904 459 1914 914 1924 2,851 1934 5,051 1944 6,973
1895 231 1905 630 1915 879 1925 2,851 1935 5,307 1945 115
1896 209 1906 700 1916 941 1926 3,045 1936 5,329 1946 0

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages Digital Folder Number List. The list can be sorted by DGS number, record type, and year.

How Do I Search this Collection?[edit | edit source]

You can search the index or view the images. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • About when the marriage took place

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:

  1. Look at the Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • If available, check the image for additional information
  • Analyze the entry to see if it provides additional clues to find other records of the person or their family

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try searching by surname only
  • The person may be recorded with an abbreviated or variant form of their name
  • Remember that spelling was generally not standardized until the early part of the 20th century

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Denmark.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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