Genealogy Blog

A blog about genealogy in Denmark

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In Denmark, elections used to be held by a raise of hands. Two record books from a municipality show whom each person voted for at a local election in 1841.


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Denmark played a significant role in the colonization of the Gold Coast and the West Indies. In this post I use Captain Rasmus Larsen as an example to show some of the records available from the colonies.


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Count Jens Christian Carl Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs sent out a circular letter on 13 November 1834 demanding that all copyhold farms and houses under the manors Frijsenborg and Hagsholm were inspected once a year. Thereby the copyholders were regularly made aware of their obligation to maintain the buildings. The inspections were recorded and the records have been digitized. In this post I show an example of an inspection record.


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This post is a part of my posts for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, which has now reached the letter X. In this post I give some examples from midwife records. Midwives had to keep records of all births they assisted from 1861 to 1976, but some midwives started keeping records before it was required. The records may not say much, but I think these details are fun to have.


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A Danish widow pension fund was founded on 30 August 1775. The fund replaced a pension fund for military personnel, of which membership was voluntary. From 1775 army and navy officers and officials appointed by the King were obliged to pay to the new pension fund. The fund was also open to others. In this post I demonstrate how to use the index to these records.


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Verdicts can be passed by various authorities in Denmark. The first authority to pass a verdict in a paternity and child support suit is the county administration. In this post I show an example of a verdict from 1798.


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Did it ever occur to you that your ancestor may not have left Denmark voluntarily? Many Germans and Swedes immigrated to Denmark, but some of them were deported. Instead of going back to their homeland, some continued their quest for a better future by going to the United States or Canada after being deported from Denmark.


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Various kinds of school records were made by Danish schools over the years. Apart from journals and exam records, you may find enrollment records and teacher memoirs. In this post I show an example of an enrollment record and I also touch upon where you can find the records.


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The last two days I have shown examples of Danish school records showing grading of the pupils. Teachers also had to record the absence and attendance of each pupil from 1814, because going to school was mandatory in Denmark. In this post I give an example of an attendance and absence record and an example from a book of pupils.


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Exam records from many Danish elementary schools have been digitized. They were kept biannually, so you can use them to follow the progress of your ancestor's skills. In this post I give an example of an exam record.