Genealogy Blog

A blog about genealogy in Denmark

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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.


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The first Sunday of Advent 2018 has finally come, and I am excited to start sharing my readers’ family stories told primarily through the Danish military levying rolls. The index of the 1787 census of Herlufmagle Parish shows the twenty-one-year-old Mads Jensen, but the writing in the original record is unclear. Can the military levying rolls be used as evidence for the name of this young man?


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Send me your Danish military levying brick walls and get a chance to have the problems solved free of charge in my 2018 advent calendar!


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Seeing the original signature of my great-grandmother's brother reminded me of his cruel fate.


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When looking for a Danish probate record, it is best to start by making a list of the available books for the relevant years.