Denmark Census, 1916 (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Denmark Census, 1916
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|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?
This collection is an enumeration of all persons in the Kingdom of Denmark on 1 February 1916. 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 1916 census of Denmark. This index was created by MyHeritage from images provided by the National Archives of Denmark.
This census was taken on the first of February for the countries of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Danish West Indies. The enumeration for Denmark was divided into three sections: Copenhagen city, other cities, and rural areas. This collection includes only the records for 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 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?
This census contained two different lists. The main list (Hovedliste) is for persons present at their residence on the date of the enumeration. The second is an abbreviated schedule for persons temporarily present or absent. The main list contains the following information.
|Column (Danish)||Column (English)||Rural||City||Copenhagen|
|Byernes eller Stedernes Navne, Matr.-Nr.||Village or place name, tax registration number||X|
|Forhus, Sidehus, Mellembygning, Bagbygn||Front house, side house, main building, rear building||X||X|
|Familiernes Løbenumre||Consecutive family number||X||X||X|
|Samtlige Personers Navn||Persons's name||X||X||X|
|Fødselsdag og Fødselsaar||Birthdate and birth year||X||X||X|
|Ægteskabelig Stilling||Marital status||X||X||X|
|Er vedkommendes arbejdsevne varigt forringet paa grund af kronisk sygdom, vanførhed eller anden abnormitet||Is this person's ability to work permanently impaired because of chronic illness, disability it or other abnormality||X||X||X|
|Hvad er årsagen til arbejdsevnen forringelse?||What is the cause of the impaired working capability?||X||X||X|
|Stilling i Familien||Position in family||X||X||X|
|Navn og Virksomhed||Employer and type of business||X||X||X|
Persons Temporarily Absent
|Column Heading (Danish)||Column Heading (English)||Rural||Cities||Copenhagen|
|Forhus, Sidehus, Mellembygning eller Bagbygning. Etage||Front house, side house, between or rear building. Floor||X||X|
|Stedets Betgnelse||Place's Designation||X|
|Personernes Navn||Person's Name||X||X||X|
|Kønnet - Mandkøn (M), Kvindekøn (K)||Sex - Male (M), Female (K)||X||X||X|
|Fødselsaar og Fødselsdag||Birth year and birth date||X||X||X|
|Ægteskabelig Stilling - Ugift (U), Gift (G), Enkem. eller Enke (E), Separeret (S), Fraskilt (F)||Marital Status - Unmarried (U), Married (G), Widower or widow (E), Separated (S), Divorced (F)||X||X||X|
|Stilling i Familien: Husfader, Husmoder, Barn, Slægtning o.l., Tjenestetyende, Pensionær, Logerende||Position in the family: head of household, housewife, child, relative and similar, hired help, pensioner, lodger||X||X||X|
|Midlertidigt Opholdssted||Temporary residence||X||X||X|
For additional details about these records and help using them see Denmark, Censuses (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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
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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
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, 1916." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 17 December 2017. From "1916 Denmark Census." Database and images. MyHeritage. https://www.myheritage.com : 2016. Citing Rigsarkivet, København (The Danish National Archives), Copenhagen.
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