Copenhagen: Civil Registration

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Background

Prior to civil registration, vital data was recorded in the parish register. In 1924, Denmark implemented a nationwide civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. Although nationwide civil registration did not begin until the 20th century, Copenhagen began much earlier. Civil marriage registration began in 1851, and death registration began in 1840. Births were not registered civilly until the 1924 nationwide date.

Tips

Civil registration should be used if no church records can be found or to supplement church records. Keep in mind that not everyone was recorded in these registers, especially in the marriage registers.

Access

Civil registration can be accessed at the Central office of Civil Registration in Copenhagen.[1] (Privacy laws may restrict some access)
Records are also available at the Family History Library. See Marriage Records, Death Records

References

Family History Library. "Civil Registration" FamilySearch Catalog [online database]. Salt Lake City: www.familysearch.org.

CPR Kontoret. "The Civil Registration System in Denmark." Det Centrale Personregister, 27 Sept 2001. http://www.cpr.dk/cpr/site.aspx?p=198&areaid=27&ArticleTypeID=76&t=ForsideVisartikel&Articleid=4327.