Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964
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Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Record Description
Record Type Civil registration
Collection years: 1806-1966
Language: Danish
Title in the Language: Danmark, København, Borgerlige vielser
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Copenhagen City Archives

This collection consists of marriage licenses and records for the city of Copenhagen for the years 1739 to 1964.

Why Should I Look at This Collection?

If you have ancestors who were married in the city of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg or Gentofte during this time period they may be found in the records that make up this collection. This collection can also be used in connection with the Copenhagen Police Department's Registerblade, a list of all persons living in Copenhagen.

What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of marriage licenses and records for the city of Copenhagen for the years 1851 to 1961. Civil marriages (Borgerlige vielser) were first allowed in Denmark in 1851. In Copenhagen city the marriage was recorded by a magistrate. The marriage was recorded in special notarial registers called Borgerlige vielsesprotokoller, Ægteskabsprotokoller, or Ægtegkabsjournaler.

These registers vary in content and arrangement by area. Some include a considerable number of supporting documents, such as baptismal certificates, while others record only the names and residences of the bridal couple. In 1923 the registration process was changed by legislation enacted in 1922. This made the mayor the registering officer in the cities and the parish sheriff the registrar in rural areas. The registration form was also standardized into a columnar format and renamed to Lysningsjournal.

Reading These Records

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

What Can These Records Tell Me?

These records are an excellent source for validating the date and place of a marriage. If a marriage record for a couple cannot be found in the church registers, the civil marriage registers are an excellent source to check.

Information Borgerlige vielsesprotokoller Lysningsjournaler
Name X X
Residence X X
Birthplace X X
Birth date X X
Parents' names X
Previous Religion X
Present Religion X
Marital status X X
What religion will any children be raised in X
Witnesses X
Date Issued X X
Marriage Date X X

Collection Content

Records in this Collection

Record Record (English) Start Year End Year
Borgerlige vielsesprotokoller Civil marriages 1851 1922
Lysningsjournaler Marrige licenses 1922 1964
Register til borgerlig vielsesprotokol Index to civil marriages 1851 1923
Registre til kopulationsprotokoller Index to marriage licenses 1864 1868

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Coverage Table

This table shows the number of marriage records per year included in this collection as of 1 May, 2018.

Year Records Year Records Year Records Year Records Year Records Year Records
1887 254 1897 186 1907 844 1917 977 1927 2,934 1937 6,826
1888 304 1898 182 1908 871 1918 1,072 1928 3,195 1938 5,986
1889 224 1899 180 1909 841 1919 1,134 1929 3,147 1939 7,023
1890 236 1900 237 1910 869 1920 1,164 1930 3,449 1940 6,654
1891 200 1901 252 1911 910 1921 869 1931 3,568 1941 6,183
1892 231 1902 288 1912 951 1922 771 1932 4,205 1942 6,634
1893 250 1903 457 1913 880 1923 1,986 1933 4,616 1943 6,508
1894 272 1904 459 1914 914 1924 2,851 1934 5,051 1944 6,973
1895 231 1905 630 1915 879 1925 2,851 1935 5,307 1945 115
1896 209 1906 700 1916 941 1926 3,045 1936 5,329 1946 0

Digital Folder Number List

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages Digital Folder Number List. The list can be sorted by DGS number, record type, and year.

How Do I Search this Collection?

You can search the index or view the images. Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • About when the marriage took place

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

To view images in this collection:

  1. Look at the Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number 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?

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

  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see below for assistance in citing this collection. Save or print a copy of the image if possible
  • Use the information which has been discovered 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 which has been discovered and locate the individual in church records, if appropriate
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage

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

  • Consult the Denmark Record Finder to find other records
  • 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

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, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 1 May 2018. Københavns Stadsarkiv (City Archives), Copenhagen.
Record Citation:
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