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Danish County Records: Hometown Certificates # 3

Lene Dræby Kottal
Danish County Records: Hometown Certificates # 3

Extraordinary hometown certificates were issued to people from Southern Jutland (then called Schleswigers) who had opted for Danish citizenship following the end of the Second Schleswig War in 1864. The application often included a letter from a county office in Schleswig.

I have previously shown an example of an application for an extraordinary hometown certificate. The application was from Peter Jessen. One of the attachments to that letter was a letter from Sonderburg Königliche Landretsamt.

  • It is hereby attested that it is necessary that Peter Jessen, born in Skjelde on 31 December 1841, who immigrated to Denmark on 14 September 1867 per article 19 in the Treaty of Vienna dated 30 October 1864, receives a Danish hometown certificate for him as a Danish citizen to take residence in Schleswig.
  • Augustenborg on 11 November 1871.1

The letter provides evidence for Peter’s immigration, which can then be researched further.



  1. Sonderburg Königliche Landratsamt, Augustenborg, letter, 11 November 1871, Hometown certificate for Peter Jessen required; attachment to Peter Jessen, to Svendborg Amthuus, letter, 7 November 1871, application for extraordinary hometown certificate; filed in box 175: 1870-1873 Sager vedrørende ekstraordinære hjemstedsbeviser, collection AB006: Svendbrog Amt, Landsarkivet for Fyn.
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