Genealogy Blog

A blog about genealogy in Denmark

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Since 1646, Folkekirken (the Church of Denmark) has been obliged to keep records of births, which took place in the Danish parishes. No secular registration of births takes place in Denmark, except in Southern Jutland. A few other religions have obtained the right to keep records for the members of their congregation, but the vast majority of births are recorded by Folkekirken. When searching for Danish birth records, the place to start is therefore the parish registers, also called church books.


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When searching for Danish ancestors, it is important to understand the Danish naming traditions. Today most Danish infants get either their father's or mother's family name or a combination of the two. However, that has not always been the case in Denmark.