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Denmark Census, 1911
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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years: 1911
Language: Danish
Title in the Language: Danmark Folketælling
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State Archives of Denmark

Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is an enumeration of all persons in the Kingdom of Denmark on 1 February 1911. If you had an ancestor living in Denmark at this time you should check this census to see where they were living, information about their age, occupation and other members of the family or household.

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This is an every-name index to the 1911 census of Denmark. This index was created by MyHeritage from images provided by the National Archives of Denmark.

This census was taken for the countries of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Danish West Indies. The enumeration for Denmark was divided into three sections: Copenhagen city, other cities, and rural areas. This collection includes only the records for Denmark. The National Archives of Denmark has cataloged this census with Danmarks Statistik (Dennmark Statistical Office) as the responsible government office. More information about the records created by this office can be found at the National Archives of Denmark's online catalog, Daisy.

Different forms were used for Copenhagen city, other cities and rural areas. The samples below show all three forms.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Danish. For help reading them see:

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

This census forms contain the following information.

Main List[edit | edit source]

Column (Danish) Column (English) Rural City Copenhagen
Byernes eller Stedernes Navne, Matr.-Nr. Village or place name, tax registration number X
Forhus, Sidehus, Mellembygning, Bagbygn Front house, side house, main building, rear building X X
Familiernes Løbenumre Consecutive family number X X X
Samtlige Personers Navn Persons's name X X X
Kønnet Gender X X X
Fødselsdag og Fødselsaar Birthdate and birth year X X X
Ægteskabelig Stilling Marital status X X X
Trossamfund Religion X X X
Fødested Birthplace X X X
Hvilket Aar taget Bopæl i Sognet What year take residence in this parish X X X
Sidste Bopæl Previous residence X X X
Stilling i Familien Position in family X X X
Erhverv Occupation X X X
Navn og Virksomhed Employer and type of business X X X
Købstad eller Landsogn hvori Arbejdsstedet ligger City or parish where employed X X X
Navnet paa den Kommune tillige gade og husnummer, hvor Arbejdsstedet ligger Name of municipality, street and house number where employed X
Navnet paa den Købstad eller det Landsogn, hvor Arbejdsstedet ligger Name of city, street and house number where employed X X
Hvor lang Tid bruger De almindeligvis til at naa fra Bolig til Arbejdssted How long does it take you to get to work X X
Befordringsmidlet Means of transportation to work X X X
Døvstum, Blind, Aandsvag, Sindssyg Deaf, blind, retarded or insane X
Anmærkinger Comments X X X

Persons Temporarily Absent[edit | edit source]

Column Heading (Danish) Column Heading (English) Rural Cities Copenhagen
Forhus, Sidehus, Mellembygning eller Bagbygning. Etage Front house, side house, between or rear building. Floor X X
Stedets Betgnelse Place's Designation X
Personernes Navn Person's Name X X X
Kønnet - Mandkøn (M), Kvindekøn (K) Sex - Male (M), Female (K) X X X
Fødselsaar og Fødselsdag Birth year and birth date X X X
Ægteskabelig Stilling - Ugift (U), Gift (G), Enkem. eller Enke (E), Separeret (S), Fraskilt (F) Marital Status - Unmarried (U), Married (G), Widower or widow (E), Separated (S), Divorced (F) X X X
Trossamfund Religion X X
Fødested Birthplace X X
Stilling i Familien: Husfader, Husmoder, Barn, Slægtning o.l., Tjenestetyende, Pensionær, Logerende Position in the family: head of household, housewife, child, relative and similar, hired help, pensioner, lodger X X X
Erhverv Occupation X X X
Døvstum (D), Blind (B), Aandsvag (A), Sindssyg (S) Deaf and dumb (D), Blind (B), Mentally deficient (A), Insane (S) X X
Midlertidigt Opholdssted Temporary residence X X X
Anmærkinger Remarks X X X

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

For additional details about these records and help using them see Denmark, Censuses - FamilySearch Historical Records

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection contains a digital browse. Only the DGS numbers are displayed. A list showing the contents of each of the DGS numbers can be found at Denmark Census, 1911 Digital Folder Number List.

How do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • The parish where the person lived

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:
  1. Look at the Denmark Census, 1911 Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Check the image the index was taken from to see if there is additional information
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference
  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Use the information to locate the individual in church records, if appropriate

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Consult the Denmark Record Finder to find other records
  • People enjoyed a higher level of personal mobility in Denmark than in other countries due to the easier terrain and absence of laws restricting movement. A well-developed system of transportation existed which facilitated moving from one place to another
  • Consider alternate spellings for names, such as Peder for Peter, and Maria for Maren. Law regarding surnames were not fully in effect at this time, so the person may be recorded with or without a patronymic surname
  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches
  • Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon
  • Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description, if possible

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Denmark.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.