Denmark Census, 1890 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years: 1890
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 February 1890. 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 1890 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, the Danish West Indies, the Faeroe Islands and Ladegård county in Schleswig-Holstein. This publication contains 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?

This census contained three different schedules or lists. The main list is for persons present at their residence on the date of the enumeration. The second and third are abbreviated schedules for persons temporarily present or absent. The census forms contain the following information.

Main List, Page 1

Column Heading (Danish) Column Heading (English)
Sognets og Byernes eller Stedernes Navne, med Anførsel af Gaarde, Huse, o.s.v. Parish and town or place's name with reference of farms, houses, etc.
Antal af Familiernes (Løbe-) Personer udf. Familie Number of families (Consecutive) Persons in the Family
Personernes Løbenummer The person's consecutive number
Samtlige Personers fulde Navne All persons' full names
Kjønet - Mandkjøn (M) eller Kvindekjøn (K) Sex - Male (M) or Female (F)
Alder - Alderen anføres med det fyldte Aar, men for Børn, der ikke have fyldt 1 Aar, anføres "Under 1 Aar" og fødselsdagen Age - Age reported as at last birthday, but for children who have not reached their first birthday, reported as "under 1 year" and birth date
Ægteskabelig Stilling - Ugift (U), Gift (G), Enkemand eller Enke (E), Separeret (S), Fraskilt (F) Marital Status - Unmarried (U), Married (G), Widower or widow (E), Separated (S), Divorced (F)
Trorssamfund Religious affiliation
Fødested - nemlig Sognets og Amtets eller Kjøbstadens (eller handelspladsen) Navn og for de i Bilandene Fødte samt for Udlændinge Landet, hvor de ere fødte Birthplace - namely the parish and county or city (our merchant city) name and for those in dependencies and foreigners where they were born.
Stilling i Familien - (Huusfader, Huusmoder, Børn, Tjenestetyende, Logerende, o.s.v.). Position in the family (Head of house, housewife, children, servant, lodgers, etc.)

Main List, Page 2

Column Heading (Danish) Column Heading (English)
Erhverv (Embede, Forretning, Næringsvej og Title, samt Vedkommendes Stilling som Hovedperson eller Medhjælper, Forvalter, Svend eller Dreng o.s.v.) - Arten af Erhvervet (Gaardejer, Husmand, Grovsmed, Vogn -, fabrikant, Høker o.s.v.) - Under Fattigforsørgelse Occupation (Office, business, trade and title, as well as their position as a principal or assistant, manager, journeyman or apprentice, etc.). Type of occupation (farm owner, farmer, blacksmith, carriage maker, shopkeeper etc.) - Receiving assistance
Ehvervsstedet (Beboelseskommunen eller hvilen anden Kommune) Occupation Place (Residential municipality or which other municipality)
Af Personer ere: / Døvstumme / Døv (Hørelsen aldeles berøvet) / Blind (Synet aldeles berøvet) / Uden Forstandensevner (Idioter) / Sindssyge If persons are / Deaf and dumb / Deaf (hearing completely deprived) / Blind (appears completely deprived) / Without ability to understand (Idiot) / Insane
Anmærkinger Remarks

Supplemental List A - Persons Temporarily Present

Column Heading (Danish) Column Heading (English)
Sognets og Byernes eller Stedernes Navne med Anførsel af Gaarde, Huse, o.s.v. The parish and town or place names with notation of farm, house, etc.
Personers fulde Navne Person's full name
Kjønet Sex
Alder Age
Ægteskabelig Stilling Marital status
Trorssamfund Religious Affiliation
Fødested Birthplace
Stilling i Familien Position in the family
Erhverv og Erhvervssted Occupation and place of employment
Egenlige Opholdssted Actual residence
Anmærkinger Remarks

Supplemental List B - Persons Temporarily Absent

Column Heading (Danish) Column Heading (English)
Sognets og Byernes eller Stedernes Navne med Anførsel af Gaarde, Huse, o.s.v. The parish and town or place names with notation of farm, house, etc.
Personers fulde Navne Person's full name
Kjønet Sex
Alder Age
Ægteskabelig Stilling Marital status
Trorssamfund Religious Affiliation
Fødested Birthplace
Stilling i Familien Position in the family
Erhverv og Erhvervssted Occupation and place of employment
Midlertidigt Opholdssted Temporary residence
Anmærkinger Remarks

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. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at Denmark Census, 1890 Digital Folder Number List.

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 Denmark Census, 1890 Digital Folder Number List article 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
  • Consult the Denmark Record Finder to find other records

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, 1890", Database with images. FamilySearch. : 17 October 2017. From “1890 Denmark Census”. Database and images. MyHeritage. : 16 October 2016. Citing Rigsarkivet, København, Danmark (National Archives, Copenhagen, Denmark).
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