Odder Parish, Århus, Denmark Genealogy

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Odder municipality is a municipality in Region Midtjylland on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula in central Denmark just south of Aarhus and is a part of the greater Aarhus area and the main town and site of its municipal council is the town of Odder. Other towns in the municipality include Hou, Gylling, Saksild, Kysing, Hundslund and Ørting.
Odder municipality was not merged with other municipalities as part of the extensive Municipal Reform of 2007 and is one of the smallest municipalities in Denmark.
Neighboring municipalities with land connection are Aarhus to the north, and Skanderborg and Horsens to the west. The municipality is surrounded by water on two sides, to the south and east. Neighboring former municipality Juelsminde to the south is separated from the municipality by the waters of the Kattegat and Horsens Fjord, and neighboring island municipality Samsø to the east is separated from the municipality by the Kattegat.

Odder Parish
Stift (diocese) Århus Stift
Pastorat (chapelry) Odder Pastorat
Amt (county) 1662 - 1793 Åkær
Amt (county) 1794 - 1970 Århus
Herred (district) Hads
Kommune (municipality) Odder Kommune
1788 – 1793 Lægd number 7-8
1794 – 1869 Lægd number 73-74, 35-36
1870 – Udskrivningskred /Lægd number 4 / 253 - 254
Gods (estate) Rantzausgave gods; Rathlousdal gods; Gersdorfslund gods; Rodstenseje gods; Dybvad gods; Hads herreds provsti; Hads Herredsret; Ning Herredsret

Place Names

Bakdalgaard, Bakkely, Balle, Balle-Fensholt, Balle-Findal, Balle Nedergaard, Balle Nygaard, Balle Overgaard, Bandsvadgaard, Bendixminde, Bisgaard, Brohuse, Bæksgaard,

Egholm, Elballegaard, Engdal, Eskildsminde,

Favrgaard, Fillerup, Fillerup Overgaard, Findal, Frederikshald,

Gelstrup, Grønbækgaard,

Hougaard, Hæderlin, Højsgaard,

Kildegaard, Kirstinelyst, Kjærskovgaard, Kristiansminde,

Lille Kanne,

Malteseje, Morsholt,

Odder, Odder Præstegaard, Odder Aa, Ondrup, Ondrupgaard, Overholm,

Parkvej, Petersminde,

Rathlousdal, Rodsteenseje, Rold, Rold Bisgaarde, Rude Havvej,

Sander, Sandergaard, Skovgaard, Snerild, Stenslund, Studshoved, Svorbæk,

Terupgaard, Tvenstrup, Tvenstrup Bjerge, Tvenstrup Mark, Tvenstrup Østergaard,

Ulvsborg, Ulvskov Huse,

Vejlskov, Viskjær,

Østermark, Østervangen,


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-Krabsen & Medici. "Krabsens Stednavnebase." http://www.krabsen.dk/stednavnebase/, Dec 2011

-Trap, J. P., ed. Kongeriget Danmark, 4d ed. Vol.7, Aarhus og Vejle Amt, København: G. E. C. Gads Forlag, 1920