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There was little civil registration for Denmark before 1874. The information from civil registration offices is not readily available to the public, except for the part of Denmark that was under German administration from 1863 to 1920 (Nothern Schleswig).
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''[[Denmark|Denmark]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Denmark_Civil_Registration|Civil Registration]]''
  
In 1874, German civil authorities registered births, marriages, and deaths in Tønder, Haderslev, Åbenrå, and Sønderborg counties. (These counties were under German administration from 1863 to 1920.) After 1874, almost all individuals who lived in these counties are recorded in both civil records and church records.
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Civil marriage records exist for Denmark and the city of Copenhagen starting in 1851. These records provide excellent information, such as the couple's names, residences, occupations, marital statuses, marriage date, religious affiliations, parents' names, witnesses, ages, and birth dates. Civil marriage became legal in 1851, but not all cities had couples entering into civil marriages at that date.<br>
  
The sections below—"Births [Geburten]," "Marriages [Heiraten]," and "Deaths [Toten]"—describe the German civil registration records for the counties that were under German administration.
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There are death certificates for some larger urban areas of Denmark. Generally they are for individuals of higher social status. Death certificates exist for the years 1857 to 1932. These certificates are hard to read and should be used only when you can not find the death in a parish register. For more information, see the following book:
  
Civil marriage records also exist for the city of Copenhagen starting in 1851. These records provide excellent information, such as the couple's names, residences, occupations, marital statuses, marriage date, religious affiliations, parents' names, witnesses, ages, and birth dates.
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*Richter, V. ''Dødsfald i Danmark, 1761-1790 (Deaths in Denmark, 1761-1790).'' (Scand. 948.9 V43ra; film 1,124,546, item 2.)
  
There are death certificates for some larger urban areas of Denmark. Generally they are for individuals of higher social status. Death certificates exist for the years 1857 to 1932. These certificates are hard to read and should be used only when you can not find the death in a parish register. For more information, see the following book:
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For pre-1874 birth, death, and marriage records, see the "[[Denmark Church Records|Church Records]]" section.
  
Richter, V. ''Dødsfald i Danmark, 1761-1790 (Deaths in Denmark, 1761-1790).'' (Scand. 948.9 V43ra; film 1,124,546, item 2.)
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For pre-1874 birth, death, and marriage records, see the "[[Denmark Church Records|Church Records]]" section.
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=== Births [Geburten] ===
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=== Locating Civil Registration Records  ===
  
Birth records generally give the child's name, sex, and birth date and place and the parents' names. Later records provide additional details, such as the birthplace and parents' ages, father's occupation, mother's marital status, and number of other children born to the mother.
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Civil registration records are kept at the local civil registration office in each district, town or city (municipality). Therefore, you must determine the town where your ancestor lived before you can find the records.  
  
Families generally registered births within a few days of the child's birth. Corrections or additions to a birth record may be added as a marginal note.
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== Access to Civil Registration Records  ==
  
=== Marriages [Heiraten] ===
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==== Records in Denmark  ====
  
Most couples had a church wedding. There may be both civil registration and church records. Civil marriage records may include more information than church records. When they are available, search both.
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[http://www.sa.dk/content/us/ Denmark National Archives]
  
=== Deaths [Toten] ===
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==== Records available through FamilySearch  ====
  
Civil death records are helpful because they may provide important information on a person's birth, spouse, and parents. Civil death records often exist for people who have no birth records. Deaths were usually registered within a few days of the death in the town or city where the person died.
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See [[Denmark Civil Marriages 1851-1967|Denmark Civil Marriages 1851-1967]]
  
Later death registers may contain the age or birth date and place, residence or street address, occupation, cause of death, burial information, and informant's name (often a relative). They often list the spouse or parents. Information may be inaccurate.
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'''At the Family History Library'''<br> To find civil registration records in the Family History Library Catalog, search in the Place search under each of the following headings:
  
=== Locating Civil Registration Records ===
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DENMARK - CIVIL REGISTRATION
  
Civil registration records are kept at the local civil registration office in each district, town or city (municipality). Therefore, you must determine the town where your ancestor lived before you can find the records. Records before 1900 are at the Landsarkivet, located in Åbenrå.
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DENMARK, [COUNTY] - CIVIL REGISTRATION
  
=== Records at the Family History Library ===
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DENMARK, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - CIVIL REGISTRATION<br>
  
The Family History Library has microfilmed the civil registration records of most towns and counties in Denmark to 1930. For some towns in the Schleswig area, records exist up to 1950.
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== References  ==
  
To find civil registration records in the Family History Library Catalog, search in the Place search under each of the following headings:
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'''A wki article describing thiscollection is found at:'''
  
DENMARK - CIVIL REGISTRATION
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[[Denmark Civil Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Denmark Civil Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
DENMARK, [COUNTY] - CIVIL REGISTRATION
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DENMARK, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - CIVIL REGISTRATION<br>
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[[Category:Denmark]]
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[[Category:Denmark|Civil]]

Revision as of 22:48, 7 December 2012

Denmark Gotoarrow.png Civil Registration

Civil marriage records exist for Denmark and the city of Copenhagen starting in 1851. These records provide excellent information, such as the couple's names, residences, occupations, marital statuses, marriage date, religious affiliations, parents' names, witnesses, ages, and birth dates. Civil marriage became legal in 1851, but not all cities had couples entering into civil marriages at that date.

There are death certificates for some larger urban areas of Denmark. Generally they are for individuals of higher social status. Death certificates exist for the years 1857 to 1932. These certificates are hard to read and should be used only when you can not find the death in a parish register. For more information, see the following book:

  • Richter, V. Dødsfald i Danmark, 1761-1790 (Deaths in Denmark, 1761-1790). (Scand. 948.9 V43ra; film 1,124,546, item 2.)

For pre-1874 birth, death, and marriage records, see the "Church Records" section.

You Can Use this Record to Find...

Contents

Locating Civil Registration Records

Civil registration records are kept at the local civil registration office in each district, town or city (municipality). Therefore, you must determine the town where your ancestor lived before you can find the records.

Access to Civil Registration Records

Records in Denmark

Denmark National Archives

Records available through FamilySearch

See Denmark Civil Marriages 1851-1967

At the Family History Library
To find civil registration records in the Family History Library Catalog, search in the Place search under each of the following headings:

DENMARK - CIVIL REGISTRATION

DENMARK, [COUNTY] - CIVIL REGISTRATION

DENMARK, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - CIVIL REGISTRATION

References

A wki article describing thiscollection is found at:

Denmark Civil Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)