Bjernede Parish, Sorø, Denmark Genealogy

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Sorø County
Bjernede Church


Bjernede church is a Medieval round church and the only one preserved on the island of Zealand. It was built around 1170 by Sune Ebbesen of the Hvide (White) family. A tower was added in the 14th century, but in 1892, the church was restored back to its original appearance. The church porch was built around 1500.[1]

Originally Bjernede was annexed to Slaglille parish. The priest's farmhouse in Slaglille has suffered three fires. The first was sometime before 11 June 1654, the second was 20 February 1711, and the third was 14 June 1808. Most of the parish records begin after the last fire in 1808, but there are a few scattered birth records as early as 1790.

Bjernede Parish
Stift (diocese) Roskilde (Catholic) (Pre-1022-1537), Sjælland (1537-1922), Roskilde (1922-Present)
Pastorat (chapelry) Slaglille-Bjernede (Early-1971), Slaglille-Bjernede-Alsted-Fjenneslev (1971-Present)
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Amt (county) 1662 - 1793 Sorø
Amt (county) 1794 - 1970 Sorø
Herred (district) Alsted
Kommune (municipality) Slaglille-Bjernede
1788 – 1793 Lægd number 10
1794 – 1869 Lægd number 54
1870 – Udskrivningskred /Lægd number 2/53
Gods (estate) Skjoldenæsholm gods; Sorø Akademis gods; Universitetets gods;

Place Names:

Birkehuse, Bjernede, Bjernede Huse, Bjernede Kirkehus, Bjernede Storskov, Bjernede, Hse., Bjernedegaard,


Fuglehuse, Fulby, Fulby Hestehave, Fulby Vandmølle, Fulby, Lb.,

Højbjerg, Højbjærg, Hse., Højbjærggaarden,





Sandvads Hus, Stokholt, Hse., Stokholtshuse, Store Ebberup,


To see what kind of place it is you will need a Danish Gazetteer.

  • Surrounding Parishes

Sorø County: Fjenneslev, Flinterup, Gyrstinge, Munke Bjergby, Pedersborg, Slaglille, Sorø

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-Krabsen Medici. "Krabsens Stednavnebase."
-Trap, J. P., ed. Kongeriget Danmark, 4te ed. Vol.3, Sorø Amt,
København: G. E. C. Gads Forlag, 1921