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Real Property Clues in Danish Military Levying Rolls

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Real Property Clues in Danish Military Levying Rolls

Danish military levying rolls often provide many clues for further research and not only about an ancestor’s military history. The image below shows the 1836 entry for Ole, son of Mogens Olsen (old and new entry 12), born in "Liunge," age 40, 62½ inches tall. The repetition marks in the seventh column indicate that he resided in "Liunge," an obsolete spelling of the town and parish Lynge in the Sorø county.2

Snippet of 1838 military levying roll from the Sorø county, Denmark

The annotations state that at the 1820 evaluation session, the authorities were informed that he was a "Gmd." (short for Gaardmand), meaning he was a farmer, whereas at the 1838 session, it was noted that he was "Nu Indsidder," meaning he was now a tenant. Evaluation sessions took place once a year. The details in this record thus suggest that Ole Mogensen acquired a farm in about 1820 and sold it about 1838.

Two of my next research steps are therefore:

  1. Find the publication of the deed for Ole Mogensen’s farm acquirement.
  2. Find the publication of the sale of Ole Mogensen’s farm.


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Source References

  1. The image at the top of the post shows a painting of the Battle of Austerlitz, which was a part of the Napoleonic Wars. Attribution: François Gérard, The Battle of Austerlitz (1810); image copy, Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Austerlitz-baron-Pascal.jpg : accessed 12 May 2020, last edited 13 November 2019 at 10:27), public domain; citing Agence photographique de la Réunion des musées nationaux, L’Histoire par l’image. Per the Wiki entry, the title of the painting is in English, but it seems more likely that the original title was in French, La Bataille d'Austerlitz; see Jérémie Benoît, "La Bataille d'Austerlitz," L'Histoire par l'Image (https://histoire-image.org/fr/etudes/bataille-austerlitz?i=147 : published December 2005, accessed 12 may 2020).
  2. Generalkrigskommissariatet [the highest authority of the military levying system] (Denmark), lægdsruller [military levying rolls] 1789-1863, Sorø Amt [county], 1836/L, hovedrulle [main roll] for lægd [district] 1-27, lægd 8, old and new entry 12; image copy, Rigsarkivet (https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/da/billedviser?epid=16481031#17457,791373 : accessed 12 May 2020), image 128 of 506; citing Generalkrigskommissariatet angående Udskrivningsvæsenet, lægdsruller, Sorø 1836 L Hovedrulle 1 - Sorø 1836 L 27. The first image in the series shows the cover of the book, created by the archives. It refers to Indenrigsministeriet (The Ministry of Justice) as the creator of this record. However, until 1851, the authority was Generalkrigskommissariatet.
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