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Census Records & Enumeration

Census Lists - An Introduction to the Danish Censuses

The censuses provide snapshots of all the households from 1769 onwards

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 information. The recorded names, ages, trades and family relations offer many clues for further research in parish registers etc.

Read more: Census Lists - An Introduction to the Danish Censuses

The Danish Censuses in Details

The following list containes details of the various census lists and will tell you what areas they cover and which enumeration fields are included in the records.

Although the first census was taken August 15, 1769, it has been left out in the following list since most of this census has been lost and only provides overall statistical information of little value to the family historian.

Read more: The Danish Censuses in Details

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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