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Emigration from Denmark - An Introduction Emigration from Denmark - An Introduction In the 1800''s people across Europe where on the move, and especially after the 1840''s many people departed the "Old World" to seek a better life abroad. Along with millions of other emigrants from a...
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A brief history of Denmark - From Danish prehistory to the 1800s A brief history of Denmark - From Danish prehistory to the 1800s The oldest existing evidence of human habitation in Denmark is traces of reindeer hunters'' settlements. They settled on the Jutland Peninsula by the end of the last Ice Age c. 12500 BC, but it was no...
A brief history of Denmark - Denmark in the 1800s A brief history of Denmark - Denmark in the 1800s During the 1700s, the Danish-Norwegian merchant fleet had become large and rather powerful, and in size only surpassed by the British fleet. Although Denmark tried to keep neutral in the wars subseque...
Census Lists - An Introduction to the Danish Censuses Census Lists - An Introduction to the Danish Censuses The censuses provide snapshots of all the households in Denmark, Schleswig and Holstein at various intervals from 1769 onwards and have therefore become one of the prime sources of genealogical inform...
Marriage Records in Parish Registers Marriage Records in Parish Registers All marriages are recorded chronologically in a separate record, and with the year listed at the top of each page. The specific entry usually starts by listing the date of marriage (day and month) fol...
Births and Baptisms in Parish Registers Births and Baptisms in Parish Registers All births in the parish registers are recorded chronologically, after 1814 often separate for each gender and with the year listed at the top of each page. The specific entry usually start by listing...
Vital Records in the Danish Parish Registers Vital Records in the Danish Parish Registers All vital records in Denmark—births, baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths, and burials—are registed in parish registers (or church books). Unlike, for example, in England where a national ci...

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  • Finding information in the military archives
    Dragoon Knud Christian Hansen Skov, about 1890

    Let's take a closer look on how to find information in the military archive, in this case closing in a specific regiment and a specific conscript, my great grandfather, Knud Christian Hansen Skov. This post is about how I found some of the military records available regarding my great grandfather and hopefully it can be a kind of 'how-to' when you need to find information about your own ancestors.

    I started out with nothing more than my great grandfather's name and an old photo of him in uniform as well as a general idea of when he served (my initial guess was 1890 +/- 5 years). Unfortunately noone in my family could give me anymore details than that, except of cource that everyone remembers my grat grandmother telling that "he looked so handsome in his uniform". Not much to go by, but lets see what we can find. Luckily the Danish archives have rather much information available and the resources are generally very well organized.

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  • Court records: Extracts from the Judicial District of Koldinghus

    The Judicial District of Koldinghus ("Koldinghus Birk") was in effect from 1719 to the 1765/67, and covered the districs of Elbo, Holman, Brusk, and Jerlev (Vejle County) and Anst and Slav (Ribe County). The Birk, also known as "Birketing" or "Ting" (see also Thing (assembly) from Wikipedia) where both a legislative and judiciary assembly. The term "Ting" is preserved in modern Danish, for example the "Folketing", the Danish Parliament.

    The following extracts contains cases of alleged paternity, collection of rewards, illegal distilling of spirits, tithe not paid and even murder!

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To find your ancestors in Denmark you most often need both a full name and a place name. A useful place name could be the name of one of the 2200 counties in Denmark in the period 1793 to 1970.
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