Copenhagen: Police Census

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The police census records are probably one of the most vital of records used in Copenhagen research. The records tracked individuals in Copenhagen year by year, creating a valuable database of the city's residents. The police censuses fill in the years between the national censuses and contain vital genealogical material.


In 1816, the Copenhagen police began taking a census of every resident over the age of ten, both male and female, in the city. The census was taken twice a year, once in May and once in November. After some time, a few of the surrounding suburbs were included in the census: Brønshøj-Rødovre (1868-1900), Sundbyvester and –øster (1889-1901), and Kastrup (1891, 1893-1895).

What You Typically Find

Some of the most typically information listed in the censuses include:
-the floor living on
-Full name
-birth place
-Rank, status, and occupation
-Length of time in residence by half year
-When began service
-Where last served
The later censuses include a littlemore information including birth date.


An index exists for the census records and can be a real help in locating individuals. Each year has an index that is divided into Kreds, or police districts. The districts are alphabetized and listed in order by streets.
The actual censuses are organized by Kreds first, then street, then house number, and finally by resident.


All police census records and index (1866-1923) are available at the Family History Library on microfilm, and at several different archives and libraries in Copenhagen.