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Census Records [Fólkatal]

Research Use: Censuses are excellent linkage sources; they provide information identifying individuals and family relationships.

Record Type: Population enumeration. Census returns are arranged according to town, village, parish, district, and county.

Time Period: Censuses were taken 1801, 1834, 1840, 1845, 1850, 1855, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890, 1901, 1906, 1911 to present (at ten-year intervals).

Contents: Head of household, names of members of the household, ages or birth dates, occupations, relationships to the head of household, sometimes places of birth.

Location: National Archives [Rigsarkivet] in Copenhagen, Denmark. Percentage in Family History Library: 75%. The Library has censuses from 1801-1911.

Population Coverage: 70 to 80%.[1]


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Faeroe Islands,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1990-2000.