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Denmark Genealogy

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Guide to Denmark ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Country InformationEdit

Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe bordering Sweden, Norway, and Germany. In 1793 its counties were reorganized into 24 counties. In 2007 the counties were reorganized into 5 regions. Danish is the official language with Faroese, Greenlandic, and German being recognized languages.

Getting StartedEdit

Getting Started with Denmark Research

Links to articles on getting started with Denmark research.

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Denmark Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Denmark research.

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Finding Your Ancestors' Town in DenmarkEdit

  • Genealogical records are organized by geographical locality. Civil registration (government birth, marriage, and death records) and church records (christenings/baptisms, marriages, and burials) were kept at the local level. To search these records, you must know the town where your ancestors lived.
  • If you do not know your ancestors' town, follow the advice in the Wiki article, Denmark Finding Town of Origin, to search a variety of records that might provide that information.

Denmark Clickable MapEdit

The map below shows county boundaries from about 1793 to 1970.

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The Standard which FamilySearch uses is as follows: Town, Sogn (Parish), Herred, Amt (County), Denmark. Click on a county below to go to the state Wiki article listing more information. The Counties of Denmark (1793 - 1970).

Denmark ParishesEdit

2007 RegionsEdit

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On 1 January 2007 the counties were reorganized into five regions. Their official names are:

  • Region Hovedstaden
  • Region Sjælland
  • Region Nordjylland
  • Region Midtjylland
  • Region Syddanmark

More Denmark Research StrategiesEdit

Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first. Below are additional research strategy Wiki articles for Denmark.

More Denmark Research ToolsEdit

Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in. Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools for Denmark.

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FamilySearch ResourcesEdit

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