Denmark Estate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search


Access the Records
Denmark, Estate records, 1436-1964 .
This article describes a collection of records at
Flag of Denmark.png
Flag of Denmark
DK Counties 1793.png
Map of Denmark, 1793-1970
Record Description
Record Type Estate
Collection years: 1436-1964
Language: Danish
Title in the Language: Danmark, Gods Protokoller
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
The Danish National Archives

What is in the Collection?

This collection contains records of Danish estates ranging from the year 1436 and ending in 1964. Some estates cover multiple counties. Estate owners were granted broad powers by the government to act in several official functions. They maintained their own records of military conscription, probate, tax, and land usage.

This collection includes the following records:

These records are written in Danish

Collection Contents

The records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of the estate
  • Date of event
  • Name of persons involved (who may or may not be resident on the estate)

Sample Image

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of the estate
  • The county where the main building of the estate is located

The Wiki article Danish Gods explains more about Danish estate records.

To search the collection:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "County"
⇒Select the "Estate"
⇒Select the "Record Type and Year Range" which takes you to the images

Indexes are available on some of these groups of images. If indexes are available, check these for the name first. Indexes are usually located at the beginning of a group of images or at the end. They maybe alphabetized by the first name or the last name. Find your ancestor’s name and look for the locator information next to the name (such as page, entry, or certificate number). This will help you find the record you are looking for in the collection.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

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.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Danish. For help reading the records see the wiki articles:

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names and nicknames.
  • Search the records of nearby counties.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See 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 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

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Denmark Estate records, 1436-1964." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Rigsarkivet, København (National Archives, Copenhagen).

Image Citation

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Denmark, Estate Records, 1436-1964.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.