Do you have Danish ancestors? Here are some tips to help you find your ancestors in Danish parish records.
Make sure you are reading the records of the correct parish. In Denmark, one minister may have been assigned to serve 2 or more parishes. If your ancestor was living in “Parish A,” you are not going to find the christenings of his children if you are searching the records of “Parish Z.” Before 1812-1814, when a printed parish register format was developed for all of Denmark, each minister kept his books the way he thought best. If he served more than one parish, he might have divided the record page in half, or in thirds, recording the life events of the parishioners (christenings, marriages, burials) in chronological order for each parish, within those lines. Or, he may have listed the name of the parish where he was that Sunday to the side, and simply listed everything in chronological order. Or, he might have divided the register book into half or thirds by pages, i.e. pp 1-80 for Parish A, pp 85-210 for Parish B, pp 215-400 for Parish C, and so forth. After 1812-1814, the parish books were generally kept separately.
If you are searching in a microfilm, the title board of each book should indicate if more than one parish is covered. If it looks like this: (Fuglse) Hviding (Lange), Book 2, 1715-1814, that means the records you will be looking at after that title board are those for Hviding parish only. Whichever parish name is out of parentheses is the parish that book and time period covers. If the title board reads Fuglse-Hviding-Lange 1758-1814, that means the records for all three are going to be intermixed in that book.
Make sure you are in the right place to pick up your Niels Nielsen or Lars Larsen! Before 1812-1814, to find which pages cover the life event you want (christenings, marriages, burials), look at the index page, which should come right after the title page, whether you are searching microfilm, or are online in the Danish digital archives.
For further information on Danish parish registers, and a direct link to them in digital form, see the Denmark: Church Records article in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
Good luck with your Danish research!