Denmark Census, 1787 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years: 1787
Language: Danish
Title in the Language: Danmark Folketælling
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State Archives of Denmark

Why Should I Look at This Collection?

This collection is an enumeration of all persons in the Kingdom of Denmark on 1 July 1787. If you had an ancestor living in Denmark at this time you should check this census to see where they were living, information about their age, occupation and other members of the family or household.

What is in This Collection?

This is an every-name index to the 1787 census of Denmark. This index was created by MyHeritage from images provided by the National Archives of Denmark. This census was taken on 1 July for the counties of Denmark. The National Archives of Denmark has cataloged this census with Rentekammeret (Treasury Department) as the responsible government office. More information about the records created by this office can be found at the National Archives of Denmark's online catalog, Daisy.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

This census forms contain the following information.

Column (Danish) Column (English)
Byernes og Stædernes Navne, samt Familiernes Antal Town and place names, along with the family's number
Personernes fulde Navne udi enhver Familie The person's full name in each family
Hvad enhver Person er i udi Familien samt Børnene ere ægte eller uægte, af første, andet eller hvilket Egteskab What each person is in the family, also if the children are legitimate or illegitimate, of first, second, or which marriage
Personernes Alder, det løbende Alders Aar iberegnet The person's age, determined according to the age in the current year
Ugivt eller Givt, og hvorofte de have været i Egteskab eller Enkestand Unmarried or married, and how often they have been married or widowed
Personernes Titel, Embede, Forretning, Haandværk eller Nærings-Vei The person's title, office, business, craft or occupation
Summa paa Folketallet i hver Bye og Sogn, med videre Sum of census in each village and parish, etc.

Collection Contents

For additional details about these records and help using them see Denmark, Censuses (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Digital Folder Number List

This collection contains a digital browse. Only the DGS numbers are displayed. This table lists the first item on each folder in this collection. The contents may be continued from the previous folder.

DGS Number Roll Volume County District Parish City Quarter First Street
103918397 1700 1 København Hofetaten Christiansborg slot
103918398 1701 8 København Klædebo Peder Hvitfeldsstræde 146
103918399 1702 16 København Sct. Annæ Vester Helsingørgade 316
103918400 1703 24 København Øster Lillle Kongensgade 80
103918401 1704 31 Odense Fjerde Dansestræde
103918402 1705 38 Ålborg Kjær Åby
103918403 1706 44 Frederiksborg Lynge-Kronborg Asminderød
103918404 1707 50 Holbæk Løve Hallenslev
103918405 1708 58 København (Roskilde) Sømme Kornerup
103918406 1709 65 Odense Bjærge Agedrup
103918407 1710 72 Præstø Mønbo Bogø
103918408 1711 78 Ribe Malt Brørup
103918409 1712 84 Skanderborg Gjern Røgen
103918410 1713 92 Svendborg Sallinge Espe
103918411 1714 99 Vejle Bjerre Hornum
103918412 1715 105 Viborg Rinds Vester Bjerregrav

How Do I Search the 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
  • The parish where the person lived

Search the Index

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

View the Images

You will be able to view images in this collection when it is published.

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 Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Check the image the index was taken from to see if there is additional information
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing this Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image.
  • Use the information 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 to locate the individual in church records, if appropriate

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • 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
  • People enjoyed a higher level of personal mobility in Denmark than in other countries due to the easier terrain and a well-developed system of roads

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 Census, 1787. Database with images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2019. National Archives, Denmark.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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