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Denmark, Church Records, 1484-1941
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Location of Denmark
Record Description
Record Type Church
Collection years: 1484-1941
Language: Danish
Title in the Language: Danmark, kirkebøger
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Danish National Archives

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

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?[edit | edit source]

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. For more information about the content of the records and how to use them see Denmark Church Records.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images. For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Danish. For help reading these records see Denmark Language and Languages, Danish Genealogical Word List and Denmark Handwriting.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Denmark, Church Records, 1484-1941.

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

Records usually include the following:


  • Name of child
  • Gender
  • Birth date
  • Baptism date
  • Father's name
  • Father's occupation
  • Mother's name
  • Residence
  • Witnesses' name and residences
  • Legitimacy


  • Date of confirmation
  • Confirmand's name
  • Confirmand's age
  • Residence
  • Parent's names


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

Move-in and out

  • Person's name
  • Age or birth year
  • Occupation
  • Place moving from or to
  • Date of move


  • Name
  • Age
  • Death date
  • Burial date
  • Social status
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Parent's or spouse's name

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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

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[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]

View images in this collection by visiting the Collection 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?[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]

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?[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]

  • 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

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:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.