Denmark, Mortgage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Mortgage
Collection years: 1854-1926
Language: Danish
Title in the Language: Danmark, Panteprotokoller, 1854-1926
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Related Websites
The Danish National Archives

What is in This Collection?

This collection will include mortgage records from 1854-1926.

These records are handwritten in Danish making them hard to read and understand; see the section "For Help Reading These Records" below for translation helps.

Mortgage records usually have information about age, occupation, address, civil status, people involved, descriptions of land, and date of record. Deeds and mortgages are binding contracts (fæstebrev) which, along with some land books (jordebøger), are usually kept by the estate owner and listed in the court land records after 1844 by their registration (matrikel) number, including land in the cities. To learn more about mortgage records, go to Denmark Land and Property.

Collection Content

These records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of the property or estate owner
  • Date of land transfer
  • Name of person living on the estate
  • Details of the transaction such as monies exchanged
  • Address or other location
  • Civil status
  • Ages

How Do I Search the Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of estate owner or occupant
  • Approximate date of mortgage or deed
  • Dates of residence of ancestor
  • County (amt), parish (sogn), and town of residence (byen, stednavn)

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:

⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the 'Archive' category
⇒ Select the 'Series and title' category
⇒ Select the 'Volume and year' category 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 volume and year). 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.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are written in Danish with the exception of Schleswig and parts of northern Jutland where some records may be in German. A basic understanding of the Danish language is needed to read the records.

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Search the records of nearby judicial districts, parishes or counties.

Research Helps

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

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records for each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example, use the name and parish of residence to search for baptism, confirmation, marriage and death records in the church records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

When searching court records, it is important to remember the following:

  • A basic understanding of Danish naming traditions is necessary. See Danish Naming Traditions.
  • Women are usually listed by their maiden surnames (until the late 1800's).
  • Given names may not always be spelled exactly the same or be as complete as those recorded in vital record.
  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor.

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, Mortgage Records, 1854-1926." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. The Danish National Archives, Copenhagen.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
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 .

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.