A blog about genealogy in Denmark
Journals by Danish Authorities: Paternity Cases
Denmark has always had a large public administration, so the authorities were involved in many types of cases. To keep track of the documentation, each authority kept a journal of meetings and letters for each case. In this post I will show an example of a journal entry for a paternity case.
Identify Your Ancestor’s Land in Historical Cadastral Maps
For most areas of Denmark proper, cadastral maps from about year 1810 have been kept and the names of tenants were recorded for each lot in these historical Danish cadastral maps. A lot often consisted of several separate pieces of land. In this post I demonstrate how to make sure that you have located all parts of your ancestor's lot in a cadastral map.
Historical Maps of Denmark Online
It is always fun to see historical maps of the places our ancestors lived. Many historical maps of Denmark have been digitized and can be accessed online free of charge. In this post I will demonstrate how you find a map of the parish your Danish ancestors lived in.
Going Abroad: When Did Your Danish Ancestor Emigrate?
An immigrant was also an emigrant, so remember to look for clues about your ancestor from Denmark in the Danish emigration archives.
From Cadastral Lot Number to Address
You cannot set your navigation at a cadastral lot number if you come to Denmark to see your ancestor's farm or house, so in this post I demonstrate how to find today's address from the lot number.
Examine How Your Ancestors Lived
Danish fire insurance records contain descriptions of each building in terms of size and building materials. The records list the head of household of the house or farm, even if he was not the owner of the property. How much space do you think your ancestors had per person?
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.
Book of Deeds and Mortgages: Identify Your Ancestor’s Real Property
In this post I provide an example of how you can identify the cadastral lot number of your ancestor's farm based on his listing in a census.
Arkiv.dk: Database with Digitized Photos
The Danish National Archives do not keep all kinds of records, but luckily many Danish parishes or towns have a local history archive. More than five-hundred Danish local history and town archives have started digitizing their holdings and presenting them to the public free of charge at the website Arkiv.dk.