Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964
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|Copenhagen, Copenhagen, |
|Flag of Denmark|
|Location of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Map of Denmark, 1793-1970|
|Location of Denmark|
|Record Type||Civil registration|
|Title in the Language:||Danmark, København, Borgerlige vielser|
|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.
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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.
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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|
|Register til borgerlig vielsesprotokol||Index to civil marriages||1851||1923|
|Registre til kopulationsprotokoller||Index to marriage licenses||1864||1868|
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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.
| Approximately 85 thousand records (40%) in this collection do not have a marriage date on the document.
Look at the image for additional information such as application date to determine when the marriage may have taken place.
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.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
To view images in this collection:
- 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
- Go to the Browse Page
- 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]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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