A blog about genealogy in Denmark
A Signature with a Story: The Death of my Great-Grandmother's Brother
Seeing the original signature of my great-grandmother's brother reminded me of his cruel fate.
Types of Danish Probate Records
When looking for a Danish probate record, it is best to start by making a list of the available books for the relevant years.
An 1892 Probate Record from the Danish Market Town Faaborg
Danish probate records sometimes contain information about the emigration of an ancestor or another relative.
King Frederik VII and the Constitution of Denmark
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.
Commemorative Medal for Participation in the Schleswig Wars of 1848-1850 and 1864
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.
Koldskål - A Danish Summer Dish - and a Dish Called American Fruit Salad
Recipe collections can tell a lot about your ancestors. My great-grand aunt Else Marie Valborg Andersen Fisker (b. 1893 in Silkeborg, Denmark) left behind a notebook filled with recipes and one of them resembles my recipe for koldskål.
Danish Marriage Records
From 1683 until 1851, marriage in a church was the only legal method of getting married in Denmark. A marriage record from this period is therefore found in the church records, also called parish registers. Since 1851, civil marriage has been an option for Danes. For family researchers this means more sources to search. I was married in a church eight years ago today. I am celebrating my anniversary with this introduction to Danish marriage records from three centuries.
Did Your Ancestor Own Real Property in Denmark? Part 3
You can only find the address of the property or the correct map, with your ancestor's property if you know the name of the ejerlav (property area). In this post, I will demonstrate how to find the name of the ejerlav.
Did Your Ancestor Own Real Property in Denmark? Part 2
In the first part of this tutorial series, I explained how to find a lot on an old map and how to find today’s address of the place. The search was based on the cadastral identification number found in a 1916 census record. However, in many cases we know neither the cadastral id number nor today’s address of the lot. In this part of the tutorial, I will demonstrate how to find the cadastral id number, when it is not written in the census or any other identified record.
Did Your Ancestor Own Real Property in Denmark? Part 1
If your ancestor owned real property, you can learn a lot more about the living conditions of him and his family than if he had been a day laborer. If you are lucky, the building where your ancestors lived still exists today. Whether you know the address, the cadastral identification number or only the place name, it is often possible to find the exact lot on old maps from when your ancestors lived there. In this part of the maps tutorial, I will show how to find a lot, when you know the cadastral id number, for instance from a census.