Denmark Civil Registration
Civil marriage records exist for Denmark and the city of Copenhagen starting in 1851. These records provide excellent information, such as the couple's names, residences, occupations, marital statuses, marriage date, religious affiliations, parents' names, witnesses, ages, and birth dates. Civil marriage became legal in 1851, but not all cities had couples entering into civil marriages at that date.
There are death certificates for some larger urban areas of Denmark. Generally they are for individuals of higher social status. Death certificates exist for the years 1857 to 1932. These certificates are hard to read and should be used only when you can not find the death in a parish register. For more information, see the following book:
- Richter, V. Dødsfald i Danmark, 1761-1790 (Deaths in Denmark, 1761-1790). (Scand. 948.9 V43ra; film 1,124,546, item 2.)
For pre-1874 birth, death, and marriage records, see the "Church Records" section.
Locating Civil Registration Records
Civil registration records are kept at the local civil registration office in each district, town or city (municipality). Therefore, you must determine the town where your ancestor lived before you can find the records.
Access to Civil Registration Records
Records in Denmark
Records available through FamilySearch
At the Family History Library
To find civil registration records in the Family History Library Catalog, search in the Place search under each of the following headings:
DENMARK - CIVIL REGISTRATION
DENMARK, [COUNTY] - CIVIL REGISTRATION
DENMARK, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - CIVIL REGISTRATION