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Land and Property Records [Jordebøkur, Festibøkur, Pantibøkur]
Research Use: Land and property records cover gaps in church records. They verify existence of a person as an adult (helpful where death records are unavailable). Land records can be a useful linking source, sometimes listing two generations. If the property was a copyhold farm, the land records of the manor can, in many cases, yield information about the tenants as far back as the early 1700s.
Record Type: Records of property ownership, tenure, and mortgages. Time period: 1684 to present.
Contents: Property records [Jordebøkur] – names of land owners, dates of deeds, residence, descriptions of land and property, names of fathers and sometimes of other relatives or heirs; dates, and modes of land acquisitions (from a parent or grandparent, by dowry, or partage). Copyholder records [Festibøkur] – names of leaseholders, descriptions of property, and names of the previous lessees; if the new lessee is related, the relationship is stated; terms of the lease are also given. Mortgage records [Pantibøkur] – information regarding real estate conveyances, mortgages, and other encumbrances on property, agreements, contracts, and so forth which sometimes include genealogical information.
Location: National Archives [Rigsarkivet] in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Website: Indexes to Land Records
Percentage in Family History Library: 100%. The Library has property records of 1684, copyholder records 1708-1878, and mortgage records 1706-1860.
Population Coverage: 20 to 60%.
- 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.