Denmark: Finding Marriage Information

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Denmark Gotoarrow.pngFinding Marriage Information

Throughout history, one of the biggest changes a person experiences in their life is marriage. For many countries, marriage records are one of the first record types to be created, and are usually the oldest records.

Step 1: What do I know?

The first step in finding the marriage information of a couple is to determine what you already know. Before beginning research, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do I already have a marriage date and place? How accurate is that information?
  2. Are there any living relatives that would already have the information?
  3. Are there secondary sources (such as online Family Trees and Biographies) that would have the information? What have others found?

If you do find the couple's marriage information in your family records, or other easily available sources, make sure to document where you found that information. Also, make sure to determine whether the information found is merely family hearsay or if it came from original records.

Step 2: Work with what you know

If you sould not find a couple's marriage information in Step 1, or if you need to verify the information you found, then the next step is to start with what you do know.

Researching back through the generations

  1. Take a step back one generation: Do you know who the couple's children are? Do you have a child's birth date? If you only have information for one child, or if you have many children but are not sure how accurate the information is, take a moment to find the birth dates of all of the children.
  2. Analyze: Determine who the oldest child is. Was the child legitimate or illegitimate?
  3. If the child is illegitimate: Look for the marriage record between the birth of the illegitimate child and the birth of the first legitimate child.
  4. If the oldest child is legitimate: then begin looking for the couple's marriage record starting in the same year the child was born and working your way back five years.
  5. Tips: Usually, the marriage happened in the parish the bride is from. Remember to look up to even a few weeks before a child is born for the marriage. It was quite common for the couple to be expecting a child before they were married.

Step 3: What records can I search to find a marriage date?

If you could not find marriage information in Step 1, or if you need to verify the information you found, then the next step in the research is understanding what records contain marriage information. 

Finding the birth date

The easiest birth information to find is the birth date. Although it may not be possible to find an exact birth date in some cases, it is possible to find an approximate year or a christening date. Search the following records to find a birth date:

  1. Biographies, Genealogies, and Periodicals:#Church Records (see also Church Birth and Christening Records):
  2. Censuses:#Civil Registration:#Court Records:#Military Levying Rolls:#Probates:#Taxes:#Occupational Records:

Step 4: What's next?

After you have determined the marriage information of the ancestor, you can begin to search for other records.

 Denmark Strategies 

1. Birth Information

2. Death information

3. Moving and Migration information

4. Place of Origin in Denmark

5.City People and Research

6.Families in Sønderjylland (Southern Denmark)

7.Emigration information