Genealogy Blog

A blog about genealogy in Denmark

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The Danish public trustee records are a good supplement for the probate records.


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The Danish public trustee managed inheritance for underage heirs. The function lay at the county office, so these records are found in collections from the county offices.


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Married couples who wanted to be separated or divorced, first had to go to a meeting with a mediator from the county office.


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The county authorities were probate administrators for residents at self-owned farms in Denmark until about 1793, so you can find probate records for self-owners in the county collections.


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Record series with miscellaneous letters can be worth researching. Such a collection from Odense County Office holds correspondence about a soldier, who moved to another military levying district without reporting it to the military authorities.


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Odense County Office left a record series called county passports, certificates, letters of guarantee, public announcements and lists.


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Odense County Office has a collection containing original letters of apprenticeship.


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The Danish county offices had a wide variety of tasks and the collections from the county offices contain many record series of value to family researchers. In this year's Advent calendar, I will show examples of 25 records from a Danish county office.


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Since 1814 Danish parish registers have had preprinted headings. If you have the translation for the headings, you may be able to find your ancestor's record yourself. In this post I provide a translation of the headings in marriage records from Southern Denmark from the mid-1800s.


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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.