Gentofte Parish, København, Denmark Genealogy

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The parish records for Gentofte begin in 1651. However, these first parish records from 1651-1678 are extracts from an original book that is now lost. From 4 March 1682 until 27 October 1758, Gentofte had Kongens Lyngby parish as an annex. A branch church in Ordrup was consecrated on 23 July 1876. Ordrup then officially became its own parish by royal decree dated 20 January 1891.

Gentofte Parish
Stift (diocese) Roskilde (Catholic) (Pre-1022-1537), Sjælland (1537-1922), København (1922-1960), Helsingør (1961-Present)
Pastorat (chapelry) Gentofte (Early-1682), Gentofte-Kongens Lyngby (1682-1758), Gentofte (1758-Present)
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Amt (county) 1662 - 1793 København
Amt (county) 1794 - 1970 København
Herred (district) Sokkelund
Kommune (municipality) Add here
1788 – 1793 Lægd number 5
1794 – 1869 Lægd number 3
1870 – Udskrivningskred /Lægd number 1 / 22-23
Gods (estate) Bernstorff gods; København amts nordre birk Birketing

Place Names

Bavnegaarden, Bernstorf, Bernstorfbatteriet, Bernstorf Havsgaard, Bernstorf Hovmark, Bernstorf Hovmarksgaard, Bernstorf Kildegaard, Bernstorf Slot, Bjerregaard, Brogaard, Brødhøje,


Damsgaarden, Dyssegaard,

Elhøj, Ellegaard,


Gammelmosegaard, Gammelmosehus, Garderhøjfort, Gentofte, Gentoftebatteriet, Gentofte Mark, Gentofte Sø,

Havsgaard, Heslegaard, Hovmarksgaarden, Hovmarkshus, Hovsgaard, Hulegaard, Hvidøre,





Maglegaarden, Maltegaard, Marienberg, Mellerup, Mosegård, Mosehus,

Onsgaard, Ordrup Mark, Ordrup, Ordrupdal, Oregaard,


Schæffergaard, Skovshoved Fiskerleje, Slukefter, Smakkegaard, Stengaarden, Stolbjerg, Stolpegaarden, Svejgaard, Søholm,

Taffelbay, Teglgaarden,

Vangede, Vangedebatteriet, Vintappergaarden

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- Krabsen Medici. "Krabsens Stednavnebase.", Mar. 2012.

- Trap, J. P., ed. Kongeriget Danmark, 4d ed. Vol. 2, Frederiksborg, København, og Holbæk Amt. København: G. E. C. Gads Forlag, 1920.