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Title in the Language of the Collection

Danmark Borgerlige vielser (Dansk)

Record Description

This Collection includes records from 1851 to 1961.

The earliest records are handwritten in narrative style. Beginning in 1923, entries were recorded in books containing pre-printed forms. These records cover only individuals who were not members of -- or who chose not to marry in -- the state church. Consequently, the population coverage is quite low. These records do not cover any parts of Denmark that were under German administration to 1920. These counties were Tønder, Haderslev, Åbenrå, and Sønderborg.

The records in this collection are for the years 1851-1961. Please note this collection may have indexes for records that are not included. For example, this collection contains an index to civil marriages in Copenhagen City, 1851-1896, but only has records for 1851-1875. Only records after 1921 are searchable in this collection. No records from Copenhagen county or city are included in the indexed records.. Marriages before 1922 must be located by browsing the images.

For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Civil marriages were first allowed in Denmark in 1851. The marriage was recorded with the district sheriff in rural areas and with the magistrate in cities. The marriage was recorded in special notarial registers. These registers vary in content and arrangement by area. Some include a considerable number of supporting documents, such as baptismal certificates, while others record only the names and residences of the bridal couple. In 1923 the registration process was changed by legislation enacted in 1922. This made the mayor the registering officer in the cities and the parish sheriff the registrar in rural areas. The registration form was also standardized into a columnar format. Regions of Denmark that belonged to Germany had a separate system of registration.

Civil registration of marriage legitimized marriage for members of the population who were not adherents of the state church.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Denmark Civil Marriages, 1851-1961.

Coverage Table

As of 18 June 2014 this collection contained the following records.

County Records
Hjørring 2,573
Odense 51,558
Randers 6,154
Ribe 2,386
Ringkøbing 1,561
Skanderborg 2,142
Svendborg 18,385
Thisted 625
Vejle 7,263
Viborg 1,524
Ålborg 7,084

To see a coverage table showing the number of indexed records for communities in these counties click here.

Record Content

Civil marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Marriage date
  • Ages, and sometimes the birth dates of the bride and groom
  • Residence of bride and groom
  • Occupation of the bride and groom

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you will need to know:

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Identifying information such as the marriage date and place

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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

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Citations for This Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Denmark Civil Marriages, 1851-1961" Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2015.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Denmark Civil Marriages, 1851-1961.

Image Citation

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Denmark Civil Marriages, 1851-1961.


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