Genealogy Blog

A blog about genealogy in Denmark

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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.


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Danish probate records sometimes contain information about the emigration of an ancestor or another relative.


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King Frederik VII of Denmark started his reign as an absolute monarch, but less than one-and-a-half year later, on 5 June 1849, absolute monarchy was abolished when Frederik signed the Constitution of Denmark. The constitution granted the Danish people many rights; one of them was the freedom of religion, which had an impact on genealogical research in Denmark.


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Danish soldiers, who took part in one or both Schleswig Wars of 1848-1850 and 1864 could apply for a commemorative medal. The applications have been indexed, so it is relatively easy to search for your Danish ancestors in these records. In this blog post I will teach you how to find your Danish war heroes.