Danish records are an excellent resource for family history! While individual
situations vary, if you have Danish heritage, it is often possible to extend
your family line to the middle of the 17th century.

FamilySearch has an excellent online Danish collection, with millions
of images and records. Read on to learn more about what you can find.

A Brief History of Danish Records

On May 30, 1645, King Christian IV decreed that all parishes in eastern Denmark were to record the christenings, marriages, and burials for each person in the parish. The following year, this same requirement was made to apply to the rest of Denmark.

Starting in 1812, it was required that two copies of these records be kept, each in a separate location. Only in the most extreme of circumstances are there no parish records after 1814, when general compliance began.

Danish Birth and Christening Records

Birth and christening records give information about each child born or
christened in the parish. In Danish, these are called fødelse og dåb optegnelser.

Information you can find in these records includes the following:

  • Name of the child
  • Name of the father
  • Name of the mother
  • The family’s residence
  • Names of the godparents

After 1814, the name of the mother was always listed. Before 1814,
often only the name of the father was included.

Learn more about Danish birth and christening records.

Danish Confirmation Records

Confirmation records were made of each person who was confirmed a
member of the Danish church. Confirmation first became required in 1736 and
typically took place when a person was between the ages of 14–19. These records
are a middle record between birth and marriage and help establish residency. In
Danish, confirmation records are called konfirmations
optegnelser.

Information you can find in these records includes the following:

  • Name of the teenager
  • Age of the teenager
  • Name of the father
  • Name of the mother (after 1814)

Learn more about Danish confirmation records.

Danish Engagement and Marriage Records

A danish woman and her new husband.

Engagement and marriage records are records of each bride and groom who
were engaged or married in the parish. In Danish, these records are called trovloelse og vielser optegnelser.

Information you can find in these records includes the following:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Date of the engagement
  • Date of the wedding
  • Residence of the bride and groom
  • Age of the bride and groom

Learn more about Danish engagement and marriage records.

Danish Moving-In and Moving-Out Records

Starting in 1814, priests also recorded information
about people who moved in and out of their parishes. These records are
wonderful for tracking a family over time! Often these records continue until
1875. In Danish, these records are called tilgangs-lister
og afgangs-lister
.

Information you can find in these
records includes the following:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Place moving to
    or from in the other parish
  • Date of the move

Learn more about Danish moving-in and moving-out records.

Danish Death and Burial Records

a family outside of a church building.

Death and burial records give information about each person who died or
was buried in the parish. In Danish,
these records are called døde og
begravelser optegnelser.

Information you can find in these records includes the following:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Name of the person’s father or husband
  • Date of death
  • Date of burial
  • Place of residence
  • Age at the time of death
  • Cause of death

Prior to 1814, death and burial records might refer to women only by their husband’s name and might give only the date of burial rather than the date of death.

Learn more about Danish death and burial records.

Danish Census Records

In addition to parish records, Denmark also kept excellent census
records. The first national census was taken in 1769, but only fragments
survive. The second census was in 1787, and all censuses from this point on
contain wonderful information to help you find your family.

Information you can find in these records includes the following:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Relationship to the head of the household
  • Parish of birth (after 1845)

Learn more about Danish census
records
.

Now that you’ve learned about Denmark’s records, search FamilySearch’s
Danish record collections, and find your family—hopefully you’ll learn
something new!


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