Tønder County, Denmark Genealogy

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



Prior to 1864, Tønder was situated in the Duchy of Schleswig, so its history is intertwined with the history of Schleswig-Holstein. In the 1920s, when the Schleswig Plebiscite incorporated Northern Schleswig into Denmark, 76.5% of Tønder's inhabitants voted to remain part of Germany and 23.5% voted to join Denmark.
After the First World War, Tønder was detached from Germany in spite of the majority of its population casting a pro-German vote in the Schleswig Plebiscites - as Tønder was included in Zone I, which as a whole had a strong pro-Danish majority. In the years that followed, German political parties enjoyed a majority in the city council.

Archives, Societies, and Libraries

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Census Records



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  • Hviding Herred
  • Slogs Herred
  • Tønder, Højer, og Lø Herred

How to Find Birth, Marriage, and Death Information

Instructions for finding records are found on the individual parish pages, linked to the clickable map and parish list below. .


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Map of parishes

Church Records


Probate Records


  • 1436-1964 - Denmark, Estate Records, 1436-1964 at FamilySearch - Tønder Amt - images only
  • Frederikskog gods
  • Gammel Frederikskog gods
  • Gråsten gods
  • Rudbølkog gods
  • Schackenborg gods
  • Trøbjorg gods
  • Trøjborg gods

Print Sources

Rasch, Max. "Die Tonderner Senatoren-Familie Hanquist Herkunft - Einheirat in Tondern - Nachkommenschaft"  [The Senator family Hanquist, origins, marriage in Tondern and decendants] in Familiengeschichtliche Mitteilungen aus Nordschleswig, Folge 3. und 4; pp. 58-92. (1942/1943). [FHL International 943.512 D2f no. 1-8].