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Births, Marriages and Deaths

Marriage Records in Parish Registers

A newly married couple at the photographer

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) followed by information on the bridegroom; often occupation, name, age, place of birth as well as the ''condition'' (bachelor, widower etc.). Next comes the same information regarding the bride. Last entries are of the witnesses and possible notes.

Civil weddings, performed by a registrar at the local townhall, weren''t allowed before 1851. These weddings were performed on couples, who for political or other reasons weren't member of the State Church, couples of different religious background and for couples of religious comities without authorization to conduct weddings.

Marriage certificates have in most cases been issued to the couple themselves. These were also made uniquely, so a copy of a lost certificate cannot be obtained. However a copy of the specific entry in the parish register can always be made.

Research at the Danish Archives

The censuses lists are stored at the specific Regional Archive in Viborg, Aabenraa, Odense and Copenhagen. Microfiche copies for all of Denmark until 1891 are available for study at all regional archives and the National State Archive. Furthermore it is normal practice for the local archives to obtain microfiche copies of parish registers and censuses concerning the specific area that they serve. Some archives also have printed indexes on a few of the provincial market towns, e.g. Aarhus, Aabenraa and Haderslev.

The Mormon Family History Centers in the USA and elsewhere have microfilms or microfiche of all Danish birth, marriages and deaths etc.

Research Online

Unfortunately there are not many vital records available from Danish websites; some a local project, others on voluntary basis on personal websites. An important source is however which lists many births/christenings, some marriages and fewer deaths.

A few numbers and facts...

  • 500,000

    ...Danes emigrated up to 1968, and of these about 70% departed for the USA. In the 1800's alone a vast majority of 90% went to the USA. Read more...

  • 261,065

    This many individuals, comprising of 4.6 percent of all Danes, carries the surname JENSEN followed by NIELSEN, HANSEN, PEDERSEN and ANDERSEN. Read more...

  • 1,000

    Of the 5,000 basic words in modern English, as many as 20 percent are so-called loan words from the Old Norse language (ON). Read more...

  • 1769

    This year the first Danish census was taken. The next censuses were taken in 1787 and 1801 and from 1834 onwards every 5-10 years. Read more...

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