Copenhagen: Death Records

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Background

Civil registration of deaths in Copenhagen began in connection with the police censuses. Starting in 1840, deaths were registered with the police as a means to track the residents of Copenhagen.

What you Typically Find

The death registers are extremely valuable genealogical records in that they list nearly all of the residences the individual lived in Copenhagen before death, making it easier to track an individual. Other information on the death registers include:
-Death date
-Date the death was registered with the police
-Full name
-Occupation
-Birth place
-Age (or birth date)
-Spouse's full name, birth place, occupation, and age (or birth date)
-Children's names and age (or birthdate)
-Addresses where lived in and what year moved in

Tips

If a person is not showing up in the police censuses, check the death registers to make sure whether they moved away or died. The death records should be checked as they may give more information than the corresponding church records.

References

Københavns Stadsarkiv. Slægtsforskning. København: Københavns Stadsarkiv, 2008. research pamphlet.
Politikammeret. Dødeblade: 1893-1923. København: Landsarkivet, microfilm copies at FHL.