Danish Military Levying Rolls (Lægdsruller)
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Danish Lægdsruller, What are they?
Lægdsruller are records of the males who could be enlisted for service in the army or navy. These rolls have many different uses. For genealogical purposes they are used mainly to follow the registered individual's movements, identify a birthplace, find which military unit they were assigned to, and when they completed their obligation.
In subsequent years there was an agency created by the government known as a lægdsvæsen to watch over its conscripts. It was important for the government to know how large a force it possessed in case of war. Therefore it became the states responsibility to keep detailed records of the male population in lægdsruller.
The Registration Process
Tools for using the Lægdsruller
Where do you find the Danish Lægdsruller?
Statens Arkiver. Lægdsruller. Denmark: Statens Arkiver, 2008
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