Denmark, Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Denmark, Church Records, 1484-1941
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Denmark
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Record Description
Record Type Church
Collection years: 1484-1941
Language: Danish
Title in the Language: Danmark, kirkebøger
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
Danish National Archives


Why Should I Look at This Collection?

This collection contains primary source records of births, marriages, and deaths. If you have any ancestors living in Denmark during the time period covered by this collection you should search for them in these records.

What is in This Collection?

This collection contains church records from Denmark. It covers the years 1484 to 1941. The image portion of this collection is not complete. If you do not find the parish you are looking for here, please check the FamilySearch catalog record for the parish. Images of the church records are available through the catalog. Images of the parish records are also available online from the Danish National Archives.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Danish. For help reading these records see the following:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Denmark, Church Records, 1484-1941.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Records usually include the following:

Baptism

  • Name of child
  • Gender
  • Birth date
  • Baptism date
  • Father's name
  • Father's occupation
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Mother's relationship to father
  • Residence or farm name
  • Witnesses' and residences
  • Legitimacy
  • Remarks

Marriage

  • Names of bride and groom
  • Ages
  • Residences
  • Marital or social status
  • Marriage date
  • Bondsman or sponsor
  • Remarks

Death

  • Name
  • Death date
  • Burial date
  • Social status
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Remarks

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name
  • Parish of residence
  • Identifying information such as event date or names of family members

Search the Index

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

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

  1. Select County
  2. Select District
  3. Select Parish
  4. Select Volume, inclusive dates, contents to view the images


How Do I Analyze the Results?

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?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • 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; see the section Citing this Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
  • 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

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Consult the Denmark Record Finder to find other records
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life. Look for variant spellings as well as abbreviated names and nicknames
  • Search the records of nearby parishes
  • Many individuals have the same name. Compare the names and the residences to make sure you have the correct person or family

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection

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
"Danmark Kirkebøger, 1484-1941." Database with Images. FamilySearch. https://FamilySearch.org : 11 November 2017. Rigsarkivet, Copenhagen (National Archives, Copenhagen).
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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