Genealogy Blog

A blog about genealogy in Denmark

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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.


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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.


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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.


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I have joined the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge and in this post I reveal my theme.


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Most of my female ancestors spent their youth preparing for a life as a housewife and it can seem difficult to find detailed information about their premarital life. As part of the Family History Writing Challenge, I have decided to write about my grandmother’s life from she left her home about age fourteen until she married at age twenty-four. In this post and upcoming posts, I will share some of the sources I use for this story.


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Would you trust a machine to make your family tree for you?


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My grandmother Jenny Kristine Juhl was born in 1921 in Holsted Parish. Birth records from that time contain useful information to finding more details about her parents, but how can you figure it out, if you do not understand Danish?


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From 1871 main rolls were no longer kept. How can you then follow a person in the Danish military levying rolls? I will demonstrate that today using the story of Knud Pedersen, born 1898.


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I have been asked a general question about the difference between Danish military levying rolls kept by local and national authorities.


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On this Second Sunday of Advent 2018 we shall follow Lucas Christensen, born 1794 in the rural parish Særslev as a son of Christen Lucassen.1 The family lived in Særslev a few years, but then moved to Hårslev Parish. Lucas’ story is good for demonstrating the procedure of following a værnepligtig person from one military levying roll to the next. If you have not read my first entry in this series about military levying rolls, I advise you to do so, because some basic terms are explained in that entry.