Denmark, Copenhagen City, Burial Register (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Denmark, Copenhagen City, Burial Register, 1805-1968
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Copenhagen City, Denmark
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Record Description
Record Type Burial Register
Collection years: 1805-1968
Language: Danish
Title in the Language: Danmark, København, Begravelsesprotokoller, 1805-1968
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Københavns Stadsarkiv

Why Should I Look at This Collection?

This collection is a record of burials in Copenhagen city during the years 1805-1968. Many of the churches in Copenhagen shared Assistens cemetery until 1880. Knowing which part of the cemetery they were buried in can help identify which church the deceased was a member.

What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of registers of burials for the city of Copenhagen for the years 1805 to 1968.

Reading These Records

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

To Browse This Collection

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date and time of death
  • Burial date and day of the week
  • Residence
  • Burial place
  • Title or occupation
  • Age
  • Cause of death
  • Itemized burial expenses

Collection Content

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Coverage Table

As of 11 June 2018, this collection contains 3,646 records for the year 1868.

How Do I Search this Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of deceased
  • Identifying information such as death date and residence

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

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?

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

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate year of birth
  • Check for the burial in the church records to see if any relatives are identified

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, Now What?

  • 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.
  • 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

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Denmark.

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
"Denmark, Copenhagen City, Burial Registers, 1805-1968." Database. FamilySearch. : 11 June 2018. Københavns Stadsarkiv (City Archives), Copenhagen.
Record Citation:
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