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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.

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FT-1787 These records include:address, name, gender and age, marital status, relationship to the head of household, and employment status of every person in each household. Furthermore information about which marriage the parents are in and from which marriage the children relates.

Date: July 1, 1787.

Population: Denmark (incl. Schleswig and Holstein): 841,806

Special conditions: People of military rank have not been recorded.

FT-1801 These records include:address, name, gender and age, marital status, relationship to the head of household, and employment status of every person in each household.

Date: February 1, 1801.

Population: Denmark (incl. Schleswig and Holstein): 929,000

Special conditions: The census from Frederiksborg Slots Parish is missing, and Fuglslev Parish is incomplete.

FT-1803 Schleswig and Holstein only. These records include:address, name, gender and age, marital status, relationship to the head of household, and employment status of every person in each household. Furthermore the birthplace of the individuals and their parents, age at first marriage, and current employment status.

Date: February 13, 1803.

Special conditions: The censuses from some of the rural areas of Schleswig are missing.

FT-1834 These records include:address, name, gender and age, marital status, relationship to the head of household, and employment status of every person in each household.

Date: February 18, 1834.

Population: Denmark (incl. Schleswig and Holstein): 1,230,964

Special conditions: The prominent part of the Copenhagen censuses are missing; only St. AnnĂŚ Quarter and Vestre Quarter have been preserved.

FT-1835 Schleswig and Holstein only. These records include:address, name, gender and age, marital status, relationship to the head of household, and employment status of every person in each household.

Date: February 1, 1835.

FT-1840 These records include:address, name, gender and age, marital status, relationship to the head of household, and employment status of every person in each household.

Date: February 1, 1840.

Population: Denmark (incl. Schleswig and Holstein): 1,289,075

Special conditions: This census also include Schleswig and Holstein. The censuses from some of the provincial cities / Market Towns are missing: Füborg, Frederikshavn, Frederikssund, PrÌstø, Roskilde, Rødby, Sorø, Stubbekøbing, Svaneke, Grenü, Hobro, Mariager, Middelfart, Nykøbing Mors, Rudkøbing, and Varde. Korsør is incomplete.

FT-1845 These records include:address, name, gender and age, marital status, relationship to the head of household, and employment status of every person in each household. Furthermore possible mental sickness are recorded, but the most important change is the place of birth.

Date: February 1, 1845.

Population: Denmark (incl. Schleswig and Holstein): 1,356,877

Special conditions: This census also include Schleswig and Holstein. The censuses from a few parishes are missing: Godsted, Husby, Jordrup, Lejrskov, Sdr. Nissum, and Øster Ulslev.

FT-1850 These records include:address, name, gender and age, place of birth, marital status, relationship to the head of household, possible mental sickness, and employment status of every person in each household. Furthermore the blind and deaf are recorded.

Date: February 1, 1850.

Population: Denmark (incl. Schleswig and Holstein): 1,414,648

Special conditions: The censuses from the parishes of Hornum, KvĂŚrndrup, and Stovby are missing.

FT-1855 These records include:address, name, gender and age, place of birth, marital status, relationship to the head of household, possible handicaps (mental sickness, blindness etc.), and employment status of every person in each household. Furthermore there is information on which religious community the person belongs to.

Date: February 1, 1855.

Population: Denmark (incl. Schleswig and Holstein): 1,507,222

Special conditions: This census also include Schleswig and Holstein.

FT-1860 These records include:address, name, gender and age, place of birth, marital status, relationship to the head of household, possible handicaps (mental sickness, blindness etc.), employment status, religious community of every person in each household.

Date: February 1, 1860.

Population: Denmark (incl. Schleswig and Holstein): 1,608,362

Special conditions: This census also include Schleswig and Holstein.

FT-1870 These records include:address, name, gender and age, place of birth, marital status, relationship to the head of household, possible handicaps (mental sickness, blindness etc.), employment status, religious community of every person in each household.

Date: February 1, 1870.

Population: 1,784,741

FT-1880 These records include:address, name, gender and age, place of birth, marital status, relationship to the head of household, possible handicaps (mental sickness, blindness etc.), employment status, religious community of every person in each household.

Date: February 1, 1880.

Population: 1,969,039

Special conditions: The censuses from Brønshøj and Hobro are missing.

FT-1885 Copenhagen only. These records include: address, name, gender and age, place of birth, marital status, relationship to the head of household, employment status, religious community of every person in each household.
FT-1890 These records include:address, name, gender and age, place of birth, marital status, relationship to the head of household, possible handicaps (mental sickness, blindness etc.), employment status, religious community of every person in each household.

Date: February 1, 1890.

Population: 2,172,380

Special conditions: The census from Gentofte is missing.

FT-1895 Copenhagen only. These records include: address, name, gender and age, place of birth, marital status, relationship to the head of household, employment status, religious community of every person in each household.
FT-1901 These records include:address, name, gender and age, place of birth, marital status, relationship to the head of household, possible handicaps (mental sickness, blindness etc.), employment status, religious community of every person in each household. Furthermore also information on:
  • Land registration number of farmstead/house.
  • date of birth
  • last residence or what year they arrived
  • year of marriage
  • number of living/deceased children
  • current workplace
  • what year people became widow/widower.

Date: February 1, 1901.

Population: 2,449,540

FT-1906 These records include: address (and land registration number), name, gender and age, date of birth, marital status, relationship to the head of household, possible handicaps (mental sickness, blindness etc.), employment status, current workplace, religious community of every person in each household. Only the censuses for Copenhagen and Frederiksberg include information about last residence and place of birth.

Date: February 1, 1906.

Population: 2,588,919

FT-1911 These records include:address (and land registration number), name, gender and age, place of birth, marital status, relationship to the head of household, possible handicaps (mental sickness, blindness etc.), employment status, current workplace, religious community of every person in each household. Last residence and place of birth are again included for all of Denmark.

Date: February 1, 1911.

Population: 2,757,076

FT-1916 These records include:address, name, gender and age, date of birth, marital status, relationship to the head of household, possible handicaps (mental sickness, blindness etc.), employment status, current workplace, religious community of every person in each household. Furthermore information are recorded about personal income and assets. Place of birth are again only recorded for Copenhagen and Frederiksberg.

Population: 2,921,362

FT-1921 Now including North Schleswig. These records include:address (and land registration number), name, gender and age, place and date of birth, last residence, marital status, relationship to the head of household, employment status, current workplace, religious community of every person in each household.

Population: Denmark (incl. North Schleswig): 3,267,831

Special conditions: After the plebiscite of 1920, the censuses again include North Schleswig. Census records in this area also has information on place of residence by Oct. 1, 1918.

The censuses of 1925, 1930, and 1940 may be viewed with a special permission.

The censuses of 1925, 1930 and 1940 can be studied after obtaining a special permission at the Danish State Archive. Be aware that there are a special holding time in which some records are not public available.

Further information, specifications and corrections concerning the individual censuses will be greatly appreciated.

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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