Denmark Census, 1860 (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Denmark Census, 1860
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|Flag of Denmark|
|Map of Denmark, 1793-1970|
|Title in the Language:||Danmark Folketælling|
|State Archives of Denmark|
- 1 Why Should I Look at This Collection?
- 2 What is in This Collection?
- 3 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 4 Collection Content
- 5 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 6 What Do I Do Next?
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
Why Should I Look at This Collection?
If you are looking for an individual living in Denmark at the time of this census this record will help you understand the family and social context in which they lived.
What is in This Collection?
This is an every-name index to the 1860 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, Danish West Indies and Schleswig.The enumeration for Denmark was divided into three sections: Copenhagen city, other cities and rural areas. This publication includes only Denmark and Schleswig.
The counties included in the Schleswig section are:
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 and German. For help reading these records see the following:
- Denmark Handwriting
- Danish Genealogical Word List
- Denmark Language and Languages
- German Genealogical Word List
- German Language and Languages
- Germany Handwriting
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.|
|Familiernes Antal||Number of families|
|Samtlige Personers fulde Navne||All persons' full names|
|Enhver Personers Alder, det løbende Alders Aar iberegnet.||Each person's age, determined according to the current year|
|Gift, ugift, enkemand, enke eller fraskilt||Married, unmarried, widower, widow or divorced|
|Fødestedet nemlig Kjøbstadens eller Sognets og Amtets Navn og for de i Bilandene og i Colonierne Fødte samt for Udlandinge Landet hvor de ere fødte||Birthplace namely the city or in the country the parish and county's name and for foreigners and those born in the dependency and in the colonies where they are born.|
|Personernes Stilling i Familien, Titel, Embede, Forretning, Næringsvei eller hvilket Erhverv de leve, eller om forsørges af Fattigvæsenet||Persons' position in the family, title, office, business, trade, occupation, or how they are provided for or provided for by the Poor Commission|
|Forstanden berøvede / Fra Fødselen / Fra et senere Tidspunkt||Robbed of intelligence / From birth / From a latter time|
For additional details about these records and help using them see Denmark, Censuses (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Digital Folder Number List
This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The following list shows the contents of each of the DGS numbers.
|103918619||3||Denmark||København||Nørre||Sankt Peder Stræde 28|
|103918620||4||Denmark||København||Sct. Anne vester||Adelgade 226|
|103918621||5||Denmark||København||Sct. Anne øster||Norgesgade 30|
|103918622||6||Denmark||København||Klædebo udenby||Sankt Hans Gade 81|
|103918623||7||Denmark||København||Øster||Kongens Nytorv matr. 5|
|103918630||14||Denmark||Randers||6de.||Bymarken Nr, 344b|
|103918653||S1||Schleswig||Flensborg||Große Straße 1|
|103918654||S2||Schleswig||Flensborg||GroßJohannes Straße 925|
|103918657||S5||Schleswig||Gottorp||Slis og Fysing||Arnæs|
|103918661||S9||Schleswig||2 Angler godsdistrikt||Gårde gods||Læk und Enge|
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
View the Images
To view images in this collection:
- Look at the Digital Folder Number List section to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
- Go to the Browse Page
- 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?
- 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
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, 1860." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 16 October 2017. From “1860 Denmark Census”. Database and images. MyHeritage. https://www.myheritage.com : 17 January 2017. Citing Rigsarkivet, København, Danmark (National Archives, Copenhagen, Denmark).
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.
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