Denmark, Probate Indexes (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Denmark Probate Indexes, 1674-1851 .
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Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years: 1674-1851
Language: Danish
Title in the Language: Danmark Skifteprotokoller Registre
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Related Websites
National Archives of Denmark

What is in the Collection?

This collection is an index to probates for the counties of Denmark. This index is not complete for all counties. Images are available, but are not currently linked to the indexed records. This index was created by volunteers at the Family History Library who extracted the data from microfilm onto an index card. These cards were then microfilmed and years later were scanned and the index data transcribed by a volunteer workforce.

Some completed cards were not microfilmed. These were transcribed by another group of volunteers using the Family History Department's Universal Data Entry (UDE) software so no images were available. Several years later the National Archives of Denmark gave FamilySearch permission to display images from the films they had acquired. As there were no images of the index cards available the decision was made to link the index to the original probate record rather than the index card.

As of the data of initial publication (June 2016) the only publication has been has been of the index cards that were not filmed. The current browse lists only the number of the scanned microfilm and contains no information to allow a browse with any meaningful information.

Collection Contents

Sample Images

Key genealogical facts found in the probate indexes may include the following information:

  • Full name of deceased
  • Name of estate
  • Name of parish
  • Spouse's given name
  • Spouse's surname
  • Last residence of deceased
  • Date of probate record
  • Names of children/cousins/various family members.

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of deceased
  • Identifying information such as residence and death date

Search by name by visiting Denmark, Probate Indexes, 1674-1851.

Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  • Even though these indexes are accurate the information may not exactly match what you have owing to changes in spellings and scribal error.

As of June 2016 no usable browse is available for the images this collection. The browse displays only the DGS number of the scanned microfilm with no descriptive data.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
  • Search the original probate records.

Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Index to Denmark Probates, 1674-1851." Database. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing National Archives of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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 Index to Denmark Probates, 1674-1851.

Image Citation

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Index to Denmark Probates, 1674-1851.

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