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Skærbæk Parish, Tønder, Denmark Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

Skærbæk is a former municipality on the coast of Tønder municipality in Region of Southern Denmark on the Jutland peninsula in south Denmark. The municipality included the island of Rømø, the southernmost of Denmark's part of the North Frisian Islands.
The municipality was created in 1970 as the result of a Municipality Reform that merged a number of existing parishes, Brøns, Døstrup, Mjolden, Rejsby, Rømø, Skærbæk and Vodder.
On January 1, 2007, Skærbæk municipality ceased to exist as the result of The Municipality Reform of 2007 when it was merged with Bredebro, Højer, Løgumkloster, Nørre-Rangstrup, and Tønder municipalities to form the new Tønder municipality.

Skærbæk Parish
Stift (diocese) Ribe Stift
Pastorat (chapelry) Skærbæk Pastorat
Amt (county) 1662 - 1793 Riberhus
Amt (county) 1794 - 1970 Tønder
Herred (district) Hviding
Kommune (municipality) Add here
1788 – 1793 Lægd number Add here
1794 – 1869 Lægd number Add here
Gods (estate) Nørre Herredsret

Place Names:[edit | edit source]

Barsbøl, Barsbølforte, Blankager, Blanke, Bredbjerg, Bøgevang,

Gasse Hede, Gasse Høje, Gesing, Gesing Mark, Gårdkrog,

Hjemsted, Hundegade, Husum,

Kagebøl, Kæpslund, 

Melby, Misthusum, Moesbøl, Mosebøl,

Nyvang, Nørre Skærbæk, 

Skærbæk, Skærbækgaard, Snabe, Snave, Sønder Skærbæk,

Ullemølle, Ullerup, Ulleruplund,

Vester Gasse, 

Øster Gasse, Østerhede

To see what kind of place it is you will need a Danish Gazetteer.

  • Surrounding Parishes

Birth, Marriage, and Death Online Records[edit | edit source]

  • Free Online Database:
The vast majority of research you do in Denmark will be in church parish registers, which are held in the Danish State Archives available online at ARKIVALIERONLINE. Select your county and parish from the drop-down lists.
  • Help Reading Danish Records:
Denmark Parish Register Headings provides translated examples of parish headings. You will be able to interpret much of what is in the records using these headings. Danish Word List covers typical terms found in the records. Fixed and Moveable Feast Days for: Denmark will help you translate dates written in feast day form. Denmark surnames are patronymic and change every generation, so carefully study Denmark Names, Personal.
  • Help Reading Old Handwriting:
FamilySearch offers free online lessons about reading old Danish handwriting: Reading Scandinavian Gothic Handwritten Records Lesson 1: Scandinavian Gothic Letters, Lesson 2: Names, Words, and Dates, and Lesson 3: Handwritten Records
Gothic Script and examples (Danish)
Gothic script help links (Danish)
  • Knowing What to Look for Next:
To understand the best research strategies for these records, see Denmark Church Records Christenings Guide.

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • Lægdsruller, Danish Military Levying Rolls, is a census of men eligible to join military (1789-1932)
What's on Lægdsruller and Søruller
Danish Military Levying Rolls (Lægdsruller)

Related Sources[edit | edit source]

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Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

Click Denmark, Tønder Records for a full listing of records at the Family History Library, that may be digitized. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a Family History Center near you.
Click on "Places within Denmark, Tønder" and then select your parish.

References[edit | edit source]

-Krabsen & Medici. "Krabsens Stednavnebase.",
-Trap, J. P., ed. Kongeriget Danmark, 5te ed. Vol.25, Tønder Amt,
København: G. E. C. Gads Forlag, 1966