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Title in the Language of the Record

Danmark, Skifteprotokoller Registre

Record Description

This collection is an index to probates for the counties of Denmark. This index may not be complete.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in the probate indexes may include the following information:

  • Full name of deceased
  • Name of estate
  • Name of parish
  • Spouse's given name
  • Spouse's surname
  • Last residence of deceased
  • Date of probate record
  • Names of children/cousins/various family members.

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of deceased
  • Identifying information such as residence and death date

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image.
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒Select the appropriate "County (Amt)"
⇒Select the appropriate "District (Herred)"
⇒Select the appropriate "Parish (Sogn)"
⇒Select the appropriate "Estate (Gods)" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
  • Search the original probate records.

Language Help

These records are in Danish. For help reading the records see the wiki articles:

Related Websites

Danish State Archives

Related Wiki Articles

Denmark

Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data published on FamilySearch.org. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Index to Denmark Probates, 1674-1851." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Provincial Archives of Northern Jutland, Viborg, Denmark.

 

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