Danish Resources

Rev. 4/24/2014
National Archives (incl. Regional Archives)
a. Danish Demographic Database (census index);
b. Kirkebøger (church archives, including some hospital records and some Catholic records);
c. Folketællinger (census archives);
d. Borgerlige vielser (civil marriage archives);
e. Other archives and information, including international links.
If the website doesn't display records for the browser that you're using, then try another browser.
If you looking online for people's names in the Copenhagen area, then you might try "kirkebøger", and then select "Rigshospitalet" (the "sogn" or parish) for hospital records.  There are other hospital records available for the Copenhagen area as well.

If you don't know what parish to look at, then you might try trolling through the parishes one by one (e.g., if you know the person's name, gender, and a birth date or, at least, the year). Alternatively, indices exist for some parish records (e.g., see Utilis website below) in Copenhagen and the rest of Denmark.
http://www.sa.dk/content/dk/brug_arkivet (using the archives)

http://www.dis-danmark.dk/kipkort/index.php (see the status of the Danish Demographic Database project here; it's incomplete.)
http://www.sa.dk/content/dk/brug_arkivet/linksamling (Denmark and other European countries)
http://www.sa.dk/content/dk/daisy (Find out what archives exist whether online or not.  Make reservations of materials via Daisy in advance of your trip to an archive in Denmark.  Select a username and password.  You'll receive email acknowledging your request.  Later you'll be notified as whether or not your reservation will be honored.  Then you'll receive notification that the approved record books are available for you in the specified reading room on the specified date plus additional time, say two weeks which you'll have an opportunity to extend the time period.  Finally, you'll receive reminders.)
Here's some information about dealing with Catholic church books via Daisy.
See a list of Copenhagen area Catholic churches in the Churches section below.

You might want to focus your attention on "kontraministerialbog", that is, the actual church records.
But first, try the following.
For example, type in "katolsk" in the Arkivskaber field to get a partial list of Catholic materials.
Then, select "Den katolske domkirke" (the Catholic cathedral) for Sankt Ansgar Kirke church records.
Or type in "Sankt Ansgar Kirke" to get a list of Catholic materials for the cathedral (instead of beginning with "katolsk").
Type in "Sakramentskirken" or "Sakrament Kirke" (aka Sankt Josephs Hospitals Kirke) to get a list of Catholic materials for the Sakrament Kirke.
Type in "Rosenkranskirken" or "Sankt Mariæ Kirke" to get a list of Catholic Materials for this church in the Frederiksberg area of Copenhagen (and don't confuse this church with others having a similar name in other parts of the country).
Type in "Sankt Annæ Kirke" for the Catholic records of the church in the Amager area of Copenhagen.
Try typing in "katolsk Fredericia" in the Arkivskaber field to get a list of Catholic materials for the city of Fredericia.
Try typing in "katolsk Fredericia" in the Arkivskaber field to get a list of Catholic materials for the city of Fredericia.
then see:  "Borgerlige vielser på nettet"
then click on:  "På Arkivalieronline kan du finde borgerlige ægteskabsbøger fra:
  • Frederiksberg: 1923-1961
  • Gentofte: 1923-1961
  • København: 1923-1961
  • Navneregistre, København: 1923-1961."
Rigsarkivet in København (make reservations via Daisy before going to see record books; you may use their scanner to scan records to your memory stick; you may view microfilm records ... just show up; online census records are only available up to and including 1930; you may, by special arrangements, make a reservation to see census records after 1930; they have all sorts of free handouts available; the location of this archive is near Tøjhusgade in the Christiansborg Palace area of Copenhagen near (but not at) the black colored Kongelige Bibliotek (Royal Library) building ... you can walk there from the main train station, Tivoli, the city hall plaza, etc., in about 5-10 minutes; the photo below is of Ny Kongensgade-Tøjhusgade which leads to Rigsarkivet on the right way down at the end)
Address:  Rigsdagsgården 9, 1218 København K, Denmark, Phone:  +45 33 92 33 10.
Handouts available at Rigsarkivet (I have 19 of 34 available items)                                                   Possession
 1.  Folketællinger, 1787 - 1950          Censuses, 1787 - 1950                                                            Yes
 2.  Private Personarkiver                    Private Person archives                                                              -
 3.  Skibstegninger                               Ship drawings                                                                               -
 4.  Den Kongelige Civilliste               The Royal Civil List                                                                     -
 5.  Fra spørgsmål til Arkivalier          From Questions to Archivists                                                    Yes
 6.  Slægtsforskning i Rigsarkivet        Genealogical research at the National Archives                 Yes
 7.  Besættelsestidens historie                        German occupation history -- Traitors                        Yes
            – Landssvigere
 8.  Besættelsestidens historie                        German occupation history -- The Resistance movement     Yes
-- Modstandsbevægelsen
 9.  Lægdsruller I, 1788 - ca. 1861      Military conscription registers I, 1788 - circa 1861               Yes
10. Lægdsruller II, Efter ca. 1861       Military conscription registers II, After circa 1861                  Yes
11. Roots in Denmark                                                                                                                                Yes
12. Embedesudnævnelser                    Official appointments                                                                 -
13. Militære Stambøger,                     Military basic books, 1747 - 1900                                             Yes
1747 - 1900
14. De Slesvigske krige,                      The Slesvig Wars, 1848 - 1850 and 1864                             Yes
1848 - 1850 og 1864
15. Journalguiden                                Reference guide -- Ministerial archives after 1848                Yes
 -- Rentekammersystemet
16. UDGÅET, Vejl. i bestilling          DISCONTINUED, Guidance re: reservations of archives         -
af arkivalier
17. Rigsarkivets Danicasamling          The National Archives Danica collection                                 -
18. Journalguider                                 Reference guides/Reference plan system                                 -
19. Danica fra Rusland                        Danica from Russia                                                                       -
20. Ministermøder                              Ministerial meetings                                                                         -
21. Danica fra England                        Danica from England                                                                    -
22. Danica fra Tyskland                     Danica from Germany                                                                    -
23. Journalguide                                  Reference guide -- Foreign Ministry Archival System           Yes
 -- Udenrigsministeriets
24. Våbner og Segl i Rigsarkivet          Coats of Arms and Seals at the National Archives               -
25. UDGÅET, Welcome to the          DISCONTINUED, Welcome to the reading room                     -
26. Skrifttyper – Nygotisk                 Fonts -- Neo-gothic                                                                Yes
27. Testamenter                                  Wills                                                                                        Yes
28. Ejendomshistorie i Rigsarkivet     Property history at the National Archives                             -
29. Skåne-Halland-Blekinge                Names of three provinces in southern Sweden                 -
30. Fødselsstiftelsen                           Birth Foundation, established 1750                                  Yes
31. Lokalhistorie før 1848                  Local history before 1848                                                    Yes
32. Lægdsrulleforkortelser                  Military levying roll abbreviations                                     Yes
33. Trykte Kildeudgaver                     Printed source materials                                                     Yes
34. Dansk Vestindien                          The Danish West Indies                                                        -
35. The Danish West Indies                                                                                                                  -
36. Indfødsretsager                             Naturalization proceedings                                                 Yes
Landsarkivet for Nørrejylland in Viborg (make reservations via Daisy or just show up; you may not make any electronic copies in any form whatsoever of any records; you may send them an email about simple orientation, but if you want help with research by email, then they'll put you in contact with someone who will charge 125 Danish kroner per hour up to your "not to exceed" amount; if you go in person, then you may receive assistance for free; they have all sorts of free handouts available; they have a list of books available for archive users including books on topics such as genealogy, local history, alphabets and fonts, Denmark's history, place names by "amt" (county), person names, biographies, historical telephone books, and so on (see Books section below for examples); the photo below is of Landsarkivet for Nørrejylland; walk down the path, enter, and turn left).

Landsarkivet for Fyn in Odense

Dansk Data Arkiv in Odense

Landsarkivet for Sønderjylland in Aabenraa (make reservations via Daisy or just show up; they have Prussian period person registers; they have all sorts of free handouts available)
Lutheran churches
Catholic churches in general
The Diocese of Copenhagen applies to all of Denmark and there is one Catholic bishop of Denmark.
http://sanktansgar.dk (Skt. Ansgar's Cathedral, Copenhagen -- Domkirken)
Greater Copenhagen (Storkøbenhavn) Catholic churches
http://www.mariae.dk (Frederiksberg)
Skt. Andreas og Skt. Therese Menighed (Hellerup)
Vor Frue og Sankt Antoni Menighed (Herlev)
Skt. Nikolaj Kirke (Hvidovre)
Skt. Knud Lavard Kirke (Lyngby)
Skt. Pauls Kirke (Taastrup)
City of Copenhagen archives
www.ksa.kk.dk (København)
You may visit the Copenhagen Rådhus (city hall).  You just show up.  One of the most useful archives is the "begravelses protokoler" (burial records).  In order to most effectively use these record books, you should know the surname and all of the initials of the person that you're looking for.  Use the married surname, if applicable.
Den Centrale Personregister (CPR)
The public may be able obtain family history information by way of the Danish Civil Registration System which was instituted on April 2, 1968.  There may be a center in Ringsted (I'm still researching this subject) or one may direct inquiries to any kommune (county).  The one in Ringsted charges 75 DKK (Danish kroner) to process each request.  Note that people may block access to their CPR information.
German genealogical research (re: former Danish provinces -- south Slesvig and Holstein -- as of 1864)
Note that it's possible to see "mikrokort" (microcards) of church books older than January 1, 1876 for the parishes of Flensburg, Schleswig, Südtondern, Angeln, Eiderstedt, and Husum-Bredstedt at the National Archives various locations (see above).  However, there are special rules.  You must have either Danish or German citizenship and your permanent address must be in Denmark.  Others may request access in writing which must be approved by the Nordelbisches Kirchenarchiv (Northern Bishop's Church Archives) in Kiel to which the Danish National Archives forwards requests.
http://www.nordelbisches-kirchenarchiv.de/familienforschung (check this out, then send an email to the parish contact)
www.dcbib.dk (Danish Central Library South Slesvig, Germany, including, for example, Flensborg or Flensburg in German)
www.rostra.dk/slesvig (place names)
http://www.rostra.dk/slesvig    (place names)
Person Registers and Directories
www.eniro.dk (eniro)
www.afdoede.dk (recent obituaries)
(find information about deceased Danish Brotherhood members)
www.yasni.dk (a website that finds genealogical info. on the web for you)
Det danske Udvandrerarkiv (The Danish Emigration Archives in Aalborg)
http://www.emiarch.dk/home.php3?l=da (1869 to 1940 emigrants)
Other Genealogical and Historical Information and Searches
http://www.progenealogists.com/denmark/copenh/index.html#CHURCH%20RECORDS (find out, for example, re pre-about 1890 Copenhagen marriages)
http://censuslinks.com/Denmark/ (census links for the whole world, including Denmark)
http://www.danishfamilysearch.com (Danish family search by Marianne & Dan Nicolaysen)

www.ancestry.com (w/ a Denmark databases subscription, use advanced search to limit results and find what you're looking for!)
Scroll to the bottom, select "all databases", type in "Denmark" and then select the database of interest to you.
Note that there may be several Ancestry levels: 1) The home edition is said to be the most extensive; 2) Then comes the library edition in terms of capability (and it's possible that the institutional Family History Center (FHC), SB version is more extensive than the Sahyun library version).  There are also ancestry websites for individual countries, e.g., www.ancestry.de (Germany).


Maps and Places
http://www.kb.dk/da/nb/materialer/luftfoto/danmarksetfraluften.html (Denmark as seen from above)
http://www.dis-danmark.dk/kort/kort.htm (maps of Danish counties (amter), townships (herreder), and parishes (sogne), 1793-1970)
In Denmark, there used to be "amter" (counties, plural of "amt"), but a few years ago they did away with them and did some consolidation of kommune (counties).  The archival system is still organized by amt though.
http://www.kms.dk/ (historical maps)
www.krabsen.dk (find out about places in Denmark)
http://www.krabsen.dk/stednavnebase/ (find out about places in Denmark; see if it's the only place with that name or not)
http://digdag.dk/ (find out about places)
http://www.stednavneudvalget.ku.dk/autoriserede_stednavne (Copenhagen University, place names)
http://www.fogsgaard.org/index.php/kobenhavnske-gader (enter a street name for Copenhagen and Frederiksberg kommune up to 1925)
www.sogn.dk (find the Lutheran parish; doesn't always accept the Danish characters so watch out.)
(Scroll to the bottom, select "articles", select "Denmark")
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Denmark:_Parish_List (Danishttp://www.danishmuseum.org/genealogical-resources.cfmh parishes, that is, “sogne”)
www.dk-gravsten.dk (gravestones)
www.findengrav.dk (gravestones)
www.stegemueller.dk/dki (gravestones)
National Genealogical Societies and Publications
Personalhistorisk Tidsskrift (genealogy.dk's publication)
www.ssf.dk (Sammenslutningen af Slægtshistoriske Foreninger)

SLÆGTEN (SSF's publication)
SLÆGTEN (SSF’s publication)
http://www.danskearkiver.dk/ (Umbrella organization of local genealogical societies)
http://www.slaegtogdata.dk/andet/forum-hjelp (forum where questions may be posed)
http://kilder.dis-danmark.dk/GSfind.php?art=find (DIS:  search settlements of estates)
http://www.utilis.dk/main/index/Default.aspx (indices of church books in Denmark)
http://www.utilis.dk/main/index/Default.aspx (Danish instructions for installing Utilis)
http://www.utilis.dk/ressourcer/AOVaerktoejer_3.9.0.pdf (English instructions for installing Utilis)
http://www.sognetraef.dk/ (forum where you may pose questions, organized by parish)
http://www.danpa.dk/ (private archives in Denmark)
www.historie-online.dk (Danish history)
http://www.arbejdermuseet.dk/ (Danish Worker’s Museum)
(Danish Worker’s Museum library and archives, Taastrup, Denmark)
Local Genealogical and Historical Societies (contact them by email or in person)Local Genealogical and Historical Societies (contact them by email or in person)
www.krak.dk/slægtsforskning (use to search for a society, that is, “forening”)
www.arkibas.dk/arkivvejviser (500 local archives)
http://www.genealogi-kbh.dk/ (Greater Copenhagen)
http://www.genealogi-kbh.dk/map.htm (Greater Copenhagen site map)
http://www.utilis.dk/main/index/Default.aspx (indices of church books in Copenhagen)
www.anetavlen.dk (Greater Copenhagen forum which is closed for new comments, but open for past comments)
www.slaegtshistoriskforeningforaalborgegnen.dk (Aalborg, the second largest association in Denmark)
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=webcd=2&sqi=2&ved=0CDwQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2F (Aalborg library genealogy resources by Tove Michaelsen)
www.aalborgbibliotekerne.dk%2FAdmin%2FPublic%2FDWSDownload.aspx%3FFile%3D%252FFiles%252FFiler%252FDokumenterPDF2012%252Flinksamling_slaegt2012.pdf&ei=KO0WUaPkI9GVjAKmhoHQDQ&usg=AFQjCNHT6qTYvjQg4xECxKncwaQPVHwlng&bvm=bv.42080656,d.cGE (Aalborg library genealogy resources by Tove Michaelsen)
www.fredericia.dk (Fredericia, Vejle county)
www.fredericiahistorie.dk (Fredericia local archive)
www.trekanten-slaegt.dk (Børkop, Vejle county)
www.borkophistorie.dk (Børkop, Vejle county)
www.smidstrupmuseum.dk (Smidstrup Museum, Vejle county)
http://www.stoevringlokalarkiv.dk/ (Støvring Lokalarkiv)
http://www.ktslekt.com/ (Faroe Islands genealogical society)
Writing, Meaning, and Pronunciation
For Danish text: É Æ Ø Å é æ ø å ’ „ “ » « – —
Use CNTL C to copy text and CNTL V to paste text on a PC.
Use CMD C to copy text and CMD V to paste text on a Mac.

www.typeit.org (cut and paste the extra Danish letters; also see familysearch.org)
www.ordnet.dk/ods (the Danish language from 1700 to 1950)
www.translate.google.com (Google translator)
http://www.collinslanguage.com/extras/Translation.aspx (free online Collins dictionary)
http://imtranslator.net/translate-and-speak (Collins referred translator)
http://www.acapela-group.com/text-to-speech-interactive-demo.html (select a Danish speaker; cut and paste Danish text into the box, click Say It, then Play, and listen!)

Note that the various programs referred to herein may have English versions.  Try to see if you can change the language within a program from Danish to English.
Storage of files (e.g., pedigree charts, group sheets, family timelines)
I recommend getting a flash memory stick (e.g., SanDisk Cruzer USB device).  Get one with plenty of storage ... perhaps 8, 16, or more Gbytes nowadays. Get a case for it and carry around with you at all times.
Organize your files into folders (perhaps in half century chunks).
Use a file naming convention for each file that you save such as:
<source> <year> <name> <record type> <place name> <parish name> <county name> image# entry#
where source might be "data_kirkeboeger" (church books) or "data_folketaelling" (census).  The Danish word for "image" is "opslag".  Abbreviate names as you wish since your overall path name is perhaps 256 characters.  The file naming convention results in a timeline.  If you need to put things in order within a year, then you can add "-1", "-2", "-3", ... "-n" after the year.
When finished, remember to first close any programs (e.g., MS Word, MS Excel) that are accessing the files on your memory stick and then safely eject.
1.  Danske efternavne:  Popularitet, Betydning, Oprindelse (Danish surnames:  Popularity, Meaning, Origin), by Georg Søndergaard, Det Ny Lademann, 1984, 1991 (copy in my possession).
This book (p. 9) includes the top ten surnames for ten countries:  1) Denmark; 2) France; 3) Holland; 4) China; 5) Russia (Soviet Union); 6) Spain; 7) United Kingdom; 8) Sweden; 9) Germany; 10) USA.
2.  Find din rødder -- og gør den levende (Find your roots -- and make them living), by Jytte Skanning og Bente Klerchke Rasmussen, 2003 (at Landsarkivet for Nørrejylland in Viborg).

3.  Find Dine Rødder:  Politikens håndbog i Slægtshistorie (Find Your Roots:  Politiken's handbook of Family History), by Hans H. Worsøe, Politikens Forlag, 1987, 2003 (1987 copy in my possession).
4.  Post- og Telegraf Adressebogen for Kongeriget Danmark (at Landsarkivet for Nørrejylland in Viborg).
http://www.sbgen.org (Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society)