Kegnæs Parish, Sønderborg, Denmark Genealogy

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Kegnæs parish covers the entire half island of Kegnæs at the southern most border of Denmark. The island was sparsely populated during the middle ages. In the late 1500s, Duke Hans the Younger of Sønderborg (duke from 1571-1622), established the farm Hjortholm, and began to exploit the island. To work his land, the duke brought in men and women who were indebted to him. They were some of the first residents of the island since the middle ages. When the island proved to be rich in resources the population began to grow.
With the growing population, a new parish needed to be established. Before the new parish was established, the half island was under the jurisdiction of Hørup parish. The inhabitants would attend church in Hørup, on the neighboring island of Als, and the Hørup priest would visit Kegnæs island three times every year.
On Saint Hans Day 1615, the cornerstone of the first Kegnæs church was laid, and Kegnæs parish was created. The church was called Sankt Johannes Kirke (Saint John’s Church) or Kegnæs Kirke.
In 1773, the church, along with all of the church books and records, burnt to the ground. The story goes that:
“The 14th December 1773, Pastor Byberg had reprimanded his servant girl, Maria Cathrina Rasmussen, who had done something wrong. The girl . . . the following night set fire to the priest's farm, which burnt completely to the ground . . .” taking the church books and the pastor's archive with it.
Due to the fire, the earliest records for the parish begin in 1773.

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Place Names

Ballegaard, Bjørnodde, Bredgrund, Bredsten, Broholm, Bøgegaard, Bøghoved, Bøgehoved,

Damgaard, Damkobbel, Drejet,

Ellegaard, Elmegaard, Enggaard,

Fensgaard, Frederiksberg,

Gammel Færgegaard, Gammel Kronborg, Grundtoftgaard, Grønmark, Gyldborggaard, Gaasevig,

Hagenseg, Hartsø, Hartsømølle, Hjortholm, Hjortholm Domæne, Holmkobbel, Holmslykke, Hylbjerggaard, Højgaard,

Kegborg, Kegnæs, Kegnæs-Ende, Kegnæsfærge, Kegnæs Færgegaard, Kegnæshøj, Kobbelgård, Kobbelled, Kongshoved, Kronborg,

Leygaard, Lillekobbel, Lundgaard,

Midtkobbel, Mosegaard, Møllegaard, Mølmarkgaard, Møltoftegaard,

Nygaard, Ny-Kronborg, Nymark, Nystaden, Nørregaard, Nørrsminde,

Pildøffel, Præstegaarden,

Ravngaard, Rosendal,

Sadbjerg, Segebjerggaard, Skolekobbel, Skoven, Skovgaard, Smedegaard, Solbjerggaard, Strandgaard(en), Strandlykke, Søgaard, Sønderby, Sønderbygård, Sønderkobbel,

Torsbækgaard, Torsthoved, Trenge, Tørvebækgaard,

Vesterby, Vestergaard, Vesterkobbel, Vestermark,

Ømosegaard, Østerborggaard, Østerby, Østergaard

To see what kind of place it is you will need a Danish Gazetteer.

Surrounding Parishes


       Church records (Kirkebøger) for this parish are digitized and available online for the years 1774-1952. The church record headings are in latin while the text is in Danish. Click on the following link to learn how to access these records: English Guide to Arkivalieronline.

  • Civil Records

       Civil birth, marriage, and death records for this parish and are available for the years 1874-1973. Use the following link to access the records: Kegnæs Personregisterfører.

- Click on the birth, marriage, or death "biregister" link, and then the red link "Læs scannet udgave af arkivserien her" in order to access the records -

  • Lægdsruller, Danish Military Levying Rolls, is a census of men eligible to join military (1789-1932)
What's on Lægdsruller and Søruller
Danish Military Levying Rolls (Lægdsruller)

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Family History Library Records

Click Denmark, Sønderborg Records for a full listing of records at the Family History Library, that may be viewed on loan at a Family History Center near you. Click on "Places within Denmark, Sønderborg" and then select your parish.

Societies and Libraries

Lokalhistorisk Forening for Kegnæs Sogn (local historical society)

Storetoft 25, Kegnæs

6470 Sydals

Kegnæs Lokalhistoriske Arkiv (local historical archives)

Nørrelandevej 59, Kegnæs

6470 Sydals


- Kegnæ “Halvøen Kegnæs.” <>. Accessed 6 Dec 2011.

- Krabsen & Medici. "Krabsens Stednavnebase." <>, Dec 2011.

- Madsen, Hans and J. Bladt sen., Om Kegnæs. Article found in: Nordisk Slægtsforskning, ApS., En Smedeslægt fra Kegnæs (Skals: Nordisk Slægtsforskning, 1990).

- Trap, J. P., ed. Kongeriget Danmark, 4d ed. Vol. 9, Haderslev, Tønder, Aabenraa, Sønderborg og  Færø Amt. København: G. E. C. Gads Forlag, 1920.

- Wikipedia. ”Kegnæs.” <æs>. Accessed 6 Dec 2011.