Determining the Name of the Estate for Copyhold and Probate Records from Denmark
You might be familiar with the collection of Denmark Estate Records 1436-1964 at FamilySearch. It is a great collection of imaged records. However, you must know the name of the estate to use it. So how do you determine which estate owned the peasant land where your Danish ancestors lived?
Digitized Corvée Work Records
Danish tenant farmers had to do corvée work for the land owner. Beginning in year 1800 land owners had to record the work done by each farmer. A lot of these records have been kept.
Copyhold Records for Tenant Ancestors
Before the mid 1800s, many Danish farmers did not own the farm or house they lived in, but they leased it from the King or manors or other large estates. The tenancy, also called copyhold, was often passed on to a son or other relative, so copyhold records can provide evidence for relationships.