Denmark Census, 1850 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years: 1850
Language: Danish
Title in the Language: Danmark Folketælling
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Related Websites
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 February 1850. 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 1850 census of Denmark. This index was created by MyHeritage from images provided by the National Archives of Denmark. The census was taken on the first of February and included Denmark, Faeroe Islands, Greenland, and Danish West Indies.The enumeration for Denmark was divided into three sections: Copenhagen city, other cities and rural areas. This publication includes only Denmark.

The National Archives of Denmark has cataloged this census with Danmarks Statistik (Dennmark Statistical Office) 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.

Reading These Records

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

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The census forms contain the following information.

Column Heading (Danish) Column Heading (English)
Byernes eller Stedernes Navne, med Anførsel af Gaarde, Huse, o.s.v. Town's or place's name with reference of farms, houses, etc.
Antallet af Familierne i hver Gaard og hvert huus Number of familes in each farm and each house.
Samtlige Personers Navne i hver Gaard, hvert Huus, hver Familie. All persons' names in each farm, each house, each family.
Enhver Personers Alder, det løbende Alders Aar iberegnet. Each person's age, determined according to the current year.
Gift, ugift, enkemand eller enke. Married, unmarried, widower or widow.
Fødestedet nemlig Kiøbstadens og paa Landet, Sognets og Amtets Navn og ved udlændinge og de i hertugdomerne Bilandene colonierne fødte landets navn hvor de er fødte. Birthplace namely the city or in the country the parish and county's name and for foreigners and those born in the dependency colonies where they are born.
Personernes Titel, Embede, Forretning, Haandværk, Næringsvei, Stilling i Familien eller hvad de lever af. Persons' title, office, business, craft, occupation, position in the family or how they are provided for.
Døvstumme | Døve | Blinde Deaf and dumb | Deaf | Blind

Collection Content

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

Sample Images

Digital Folder Number List

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. 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 Roll Volume Page County District Parish City Quarter First Street
103918518 3026 1 1 København Christianshavn Brogade (Langebrogade) 1
103918519 3027 7 233 København Købmager Pilestræde 109
103918520 3028 16 1 København Sankt Annæ Vester Borgergade 87
103918521 3029 23 135 København 2 Divisions 1ste Kompagni Haregade
103918522 3030 30 205 København Vester Ny Vestergade 208
103918523 3031 37 171 Helsingør Strandgade 335
103918524 3032 44 1 Præstø Adelgade 37
103918525 3033 51 133 Aalbog Aars Walle
103918526 3034 60 113 Aarhus Hads Halling
103918527 3035 65 209 Frederiksborg Holbo Nødebo
103918528 3036 71 1 Hjørring Børglum Børglum
103918529 3037 78 1 Hjørring Øster Han Aggersborg
103918530 3038 84 93 Holbæk Tuse Jyderup
103918531 3039 90 129 København Thune Snoldelev
103918532 3040 96 143 Maribo Lollands Sønder Stokekmarke
103918533 3041 102 101 Odense Odense Trøstrup Korup (Korup)
103918534 3042 107 1 Præstø Fakse Alslev
103918535 3043 114 1 Randers Nørre Anholt
103918536 3044 121 45 Ribe Slavs Fåborg
103918537 3045 127 99 Ringkøbing Hind Nørre Omme
103918538 3046 134 215 Skanderborg Voer Tolstrup
103918539 3047 140 275 Sorø Øster Flakkebjerg Tystrup
103918540 3048 147 145 Svendborg Vindinge Hellerup
103918541 3049 155 69 Vejle Brusk Harte
103918542 3050 161 353 Viborg Houlbjerg Thorsø

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index, view the images or both. Before searching 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

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 Digital Folder Number List section 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?

  • 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 the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Consult the Denmark Record Finder to find other records
  • 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. 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 Census, 1850." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 18 November 2017. From "Denmark Census, 1850." Database and images. MyHeritage. : 2016. Citing Rigsarkivet, København (The Danish National Archives), Copenhagen.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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