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About the Website

In the fall of 2002, the Danish State Archives with the support of the Ministry of Culture, began to digitize the Danish Lutheran State Church Parish Records and the National Censuses. Today, a variety of other records can be found on the website including probate records, civil marriages, fire insurance, and court records.The images have been scanned from microfilm, microfiche, and original sources. The digital images are available for free through Arkivalieronline on the internet at: [http://www.sa.dk/ao/]. 


Announcements

1 July 2013: A Beta version of the new image viewer is now available for testing. You can find the new viewer on certain years of the national census. The new viewer bypasses the use of Java.

Accessing the Digitized Church Records

Some of the first records to be digitized on the website are the Lutheran church records. Each parish has records digitzed from the earliest records up to the 20th century (dates vary depending on the parish).

Upload the following PDF for an English guide of how to access the records on the website:


Accessing the Digitized Census Records

Along with the church records, the National Census records were also some of the first Danish records to be digitized. The following census years are available through Arkivalieronline:

1787 1801 1834 1840 1845 1850 1855 1860 1870
1880 1890 1901 1906 1911 1916 1921 1925 1930

Upload the following PDF for an English guide of how to access the records on the website:

Accessing the Digitized Probate Records

Another great digitized record type on the website are probate records. As of right now (Feb 2013), only probate records for the island of Sjælland are available along with the city of Copenhagen.

To access the probate records, follow these 5 simple steps:

  1. Go to the homepage at: [http://www.sa.dk/ao/].
  2. Click on "Andre Arkivalier" (Translation: Other records)
  3. Click on either "Skiftearkivalier" (Translation: probate records) or "Københavnske skiftearkivalier" (Translation: Copenhagen Probates).
  4. Choose the desired "Amt" (Translation: County) from the drop down menu.
  5. Choose the desired "Type" (Translation: Court district type. For example, county court, manor court, city sheriff's court, military court, etc.) from the drop down menu.
  6. Choose the desired "Embede" (Translation: probate court) from the drop down menu. For the Copenhagen probate records, you will only need to choose the "Embede" and the "Navn" (name of the record)
  7. After choosing the probate court you will see a table listing the available records with the associated span of years for the desired court. A tabel will appear below the drop down boxes. The headings listed are as follows:
Danish English
Vælg Choose the record
Type Court district type
Amt County
Embede Probate Court
Navn Name of record
Fra År From year
Til År To year

Searching the Images

1. Click on the “Vælg” button for the years you need. You will see a notice that Java is running (you might have to click "run" for it to open).
2. The next screen appears as a big blank screen with a column of red dots followed by the word "Opslag" and a number. The Opslag number is a post reference to the image from the microfilm. When you click on a specific Opslag the image downloads to your computer which then appears on your screen. From here you can scroll through each image just as you would on a microfilm. You can zoom the image in and out by changing the number by the '%' symbol. You can save the image to your computer. When finished, close the window.

Accessing the Digitized Civil Records

On Arkivalieronline, the civil marriages of Copenhagen are available. They cover the years 1923-1961. There are two sections of the marriage records - the register to the marriages (Register til ægteskabsbog) and the actual marriage records (Ægteskabsbog).

To access the civil marriage records, follow these 7 simple steps:

  1. Go to the homepage at: [http://www.sa.dk/ao/].
  2. Click on "Andre Arkivalier" (Translation: Other records)
  3. Click on "Borgerlige ægteskabsbøger" (Translation: civil marriages).
  4. Choose the "Amt" (Translation: County) from the drop down menu. At this time (Feb 2013), the only county available is Copenhagen.
  5. Choose the desired "Kommune" (Translation: Commune) from the drop down menu.
  6. Choose the desired "Type" (Translation: Type of record) from the drop down menu - either the register or the actual records.
  7. After choosing the record type you will see a table listing the available records with the associated span of years. The headings listed are as follows:
Danish English
Vælg Choose the record
Amt County
Kommune Commune
Type Record Type
År Fra From year
År Til To year
Dato/løbenr. Fra Date/running number from
Dato/løbenr. til Date/running number to

Searching the Images

1. Click on the “Vælg” button for the years you need. You will see a notice that Java is running (you might have to click "run" for it to open).
2. The next screen appears as a big blank screen with a column of red dots followed by the word "Opslag" and a number. The Opslag number is a post reference to the image from the microfilm. When you click on a specific Opslag the image downloads to your computer which then appears on your screen. From here you can scroll through each image just as you would on a microfilm. You can zoom the image in and out by changing the number by the '%' symbol. You can save the image to your computer. When finished, close the window.

Accessing the Digitized Fire Insurance Records

Fire insurance records are a special record type that can be very useful when researching ancestors in the larger cities of Denmark. The fire insurance records are available from 1731 to 1872. Depending on the city, there are some areas that have records up to the 1920s.

To access the fire insurance records, follow these 6 simple steps:

  1. Go to the homepage at: [http://www.sa.dk/ao/].
  2. Click on "Andre Arkivalier" (Translation: Other records)
  3. Click on "Brandforsikring" (Translation: fire insurance).
  4. Choose the "Stedbetegnelse" (Translation: area description) from the drop down menu. you can choose either "købstæder" (Translation: cities), or "landdistrikter" (country districts)
  5. If you chose "Købstæder," then choose the desired city from the drop down menu. If you chose "landdistrikter," then choose the "Amt" (Translation: County) and "Herred/Sted" (Translation: Court district/Place).
  6. After choosing the city, you will see a table listing the available records with the associated span of years. The headings listed are as follows:
Danish English
Vælg Choose the record
Tekst Text
Fra From
Til To

Searching the Images

1. Click on the “Vælg” button for the years you need. You will see a notice that Java is running (you might have to click "run" for it to open).
2. The next screen appears as a big blank screen with a column of red dots followed by the word "Opslag" and a number. The Opslag number is a post reference to the image from the microfilm. When you click on a specific Opslag the image downloads to your computer which then appears on your screen. From here you can scroll through each image just as you would on a microfilm. You can zoom the image in and out by changing the number by the '%' symbol. You can save the image to your computer. When finished, close the window.

Accessing the Digitized Court Records

More and more court records are becoming available online. On Arkivalieronline, the court records for Copenhagen, and certain regions of Denmark, are available on Arkivalieronline. It is important to note that the regional court records are only court records concerning property.

To access the Copenhagen court records, follow these 7 simple steps:

  1. Go to the homepage at: [http://www.sa.dk/ao/].
  2. Click on "Andre Arkivalier" (Translation: Other records)
  3. Click on "Københavns Overpræsidium" (Translation: Copenhagen's Top Bureau).
  4. Choose the "Journal Type" (Translation: Journal Type/Series) from the drop down menu.
  5. Choose the desired years you wish to search: "Fra" (Translation: from) and "Til" (Translation: to) from the drop down menu.
  6. Click on the button, "Hent oplysninger" (Translation: Get the records)
  7. After Clicking on "Hent oplysninger," a table with the years you requested will appear. Finally, choose the records you wish to start with.
Danish English
Vælg Choose the record
Fra From
Løbenr. Fra running number from
Til To
Løbenr. Til running number to

To access the Regional Court records, follow these 6 simple steps:

  1. Go to the homepage at: [http://www.sa.dk/ao/].
  2. Click on "Andre Arkivalier"
  3. Click on "Tingbøger" (Translation: Court books)
  4. Choose the desired "Region" from the drop down menu.
  5. Choose the desired "Retskreds" (Translation: court district)
  6. Choose the desired "Ejerlav" (Translation: owner's district), then the records you wish to search.
Danish English
Vælg Choose the record
Region Region
Retskreds Court District
Retskredsnr. Court District number
Ejerlav owner district
Ejerlavnr. owner district number
Bog nr. Book number


Searching the Images

1. Click on the “Vælg” button for the years you need. You will see a notice that Java is running (you might have to click "run" for it to open).
2. The next screen appears as a big blank screen with a column of red dots followed by the word "Opslag" and a number. The Opslag number is a post reference to the image from the microfilm. When you click on a specific Opslag the image downloads to your computer which then appears on your screen. From here you can scroll through each image just as you would on a microfilm. You can zoom the image in and out by changing the number by the '%' symbol. You can save the image to your computer. When finished, close the window.

Tips

  1. You can save and print the digital images simply by first pushing the 'Save Image' button in the top lefthand corner of the screen, then opening the image in your image viewer (Microsoft Image viewer, IfranView, etc.), and finally pushing print. It is adviseable to save the images as '.tif' files.
  2. There are very detailed instructions (in english) for using Arkivalieronline at: Utilis.dk
  3. High speed internet is recommended for optimum performance.
  4. You may run into problems with the viewer depending on your operating system.
  5. They do not enhance the digital images from the microfilm. If the microfilming was poor, it carries over to the digital image.

 

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