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Denmark Census, 1860
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Location of Denmark
Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years: 1860
Language: Danish, German
Title in the Language: Danmark Folketælling
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State Archives of Denmark

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

If you are looking for an individual living in Denmark at the time of this census this record will help you understand the family and social context in which they lived.

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

This is an every-name index to the 1860 census of Denmark. This index was created by MyHeritage from images provided by the National Archives of Denmark. The census was taken on the first of February and included Denmark, Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Danish West Indies and Schleswig.The enumeration for Denmark was divided into three sections: Copenhagen city, other cities and rural areas. This publication includes only Denmark and Schleswig.

The counties included in the Schleswig section are:

  • Eckernförde
  • Eiderstedt
  • Flensburg
  • Haderslev
  • Husum
  • Oldenburg
  • Rendsburg
  • Ribe
  • Schleswig
  • Südtondern
  • Svendborg
  • Sønderborg
  • Tønder
  • Vejle
  • Åbenrå

The National Archives of Denmark has cataloged this census with Danmarks Statistik (Dennmark Statistical Office) as the responsible government office. More information about the records created by this office can be found at the National Archives of Denmark's online catalog, Daisy.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

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

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

The census forms contain the following information.

Column Heading (Danish) Column Heading (English)
Byernes eller Stedernes Navne, med Anførsel af Gaarde, Huse, o.s.v. Town's or place's name with reference of farms, houses, etc.
Familiernes Antal Number of families
Samtlige Personers fulde Navne All persons' full names
Enhver Personers Alder, det løbende Alders Aar iberegnet. Each person's age, determined according to the current year
Gift, ugift, enkemand, enke eller fraskilt Married, unmarried, widower, widow or divorced
Fødestedet nemlig Kjøbstadens eller Sognets og Amtets Navn og for de i Bilandene og i Colonierne Fødte samt for Udlandinge Landet hvor de ere fødte Birthplace namely the city or in the country the parish and county's name and for foreigners and those born in the dependency and in the colonies where they are born.
Personernes Stilling i Familien, Titel, Embede, Forretning, Næringsvei eller hvilket Erhverv de leve, eller om forsørges af Fattigvæsenet Persons' position in the family, title, office, business, trade, occupation, or how they are provided for or provided for by the Poor Commission
Troesbekjendelsen Religion
Forstanden berøvede / Fra Fødselen / Fra et senere Tidspunkt Robbed of intelligence / From birth / From a latter time
Anmærkinger Remarks

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

For additional details about these records and help using them see Denmark, Censuses - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The following list shows the contents of each of the DGS numbers.

DGS Roll Country County District Parish City Quarter First Street
103918617 1 Denmark København Christianshavn Brogade 1
103918618 2 Denmark København Klædebo Krystalgade 11
103918619 3 Denmark København Nørre Sankt Peder Stræde 28
103918620 4 Denmark København Sct. Anne vester Adelgade 226
103918621 5 Denmark København Sct. Anne øster Norgesgade 30
103918622 6 Denmark København Klædebo udenby Sankt Hans Gade 81
103918623 7 Denmark København Øster Kongens Nytorv matr. 5
103918624 8 Denmark Aalborg 7de. Algade 516
103918625 9 Denmark Århus 2den. Fredensgade 1003
103918626 10 Denmark Helsingør Not indicated
103918627 11 Denmark Horsens Langmarksgaden 583
103918628 12 Denmark Nyborg 3de. Mellemgade 81
103918629 13 Denmark Odense Nedergade 16
103918630 14 Denmark Randers 6de. Bymarken Nr, 344b
103918631 15 Denmark Sorø Rolighed 1
103918632 16 Denmark Ålborg Fleskum Gunderup
103918633 17 Denmark Ålborg Slet Vindblæs
103918634 18 Denmark Frederiksborg Holbo Esbønderup
103918635 19 Denmark Hjørring Børglum Børglum
103918636 20 Denmark Hjørring Øster Han Bejstrup
103918637 21 Denmark Holbæk Skippinge Avnsø
103918638 22 Denmark København Sokkelund Frederiksberg
103918639 23 Denmark Maribo Fuglse Skørringe
103918640 24 Denmark Odense Båg Assens
103918641 25 Denmark Odense Vends Kavslunde
103918642 26 Denmark Præstø Stevns Hellestad
103918643 27 Denmark Randers Støvring Støvring
103918644 28 Denmark Ribe Skast Sneum
103918645 29 Denmark Ringkøbing Nørre Horne Hoven
103918646 30 Denmark Skanderborg Vor Yding
103918647 31 Denmark Sorø Vester Flakkebjerg Sørbymagle
103918648 32 Denmark Svendborg Sallinge Vantinge
103918649 33 Denmark Thisted Morsø Nørre Tødsø
103918650 34 Denmark Vejle Norvang Givskud
103918651 35 Denmark Viborg Lysgård Vinderslev
103918652 36 Denmark Ribe Riberhus Fole
103918653 S1 Schleswig Flensborg Große Straße 1
103918654 S2 Schleswig Flensborg GroßJohannes Straße 925
103918655 S3 Schleswig Haderslev 8de. Slagtergade 1
103918656 S4 Schleswig Bredsted Bargum
103918657 S5 Schleswig Gottorp Slis og Fysing Arnæs
103918658 S6 Schleswig Haderslev Kalvslund Hjerting
103918659 S7 Schleswig Nordborg Ærø Rise
103918660 S8 Schleswig Tønder Højer Frederiks kog
103918661 S9 Schleswig 2 Angler godsdistrikt Gårde gods Læk und Enge

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

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  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • The parish where the person lived

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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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
  • Check the image the index was taken from to see if there is additional information
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference
  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Use the information to locate the individual in church records, if appropriate

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

  • People enjoyed a higher level of personal mobility in Denmark than in other countries due to the easier terrain and absence of laws restricting movement. A well-developed system of transportation existed which facilitated moving from one place to another
  • Consider alternate spellings for names, such as Peder for Peter, and Maria for Maren. Law regarding surnames were not fully in effect at this time, so the person may be recorded with or without a patronymic surname
  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name.
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches
  • Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon
  • Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description, if possible

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