Genealogy Blog

A blog about genealogy in Denmark

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Danish birth records are primarily found in church records from The Church of Denmark, which is a Christian church. The vikings gradually turned Christian in the 10th century. At least since then, Denmark has been divided into parishes. Until 1849, a parish was an area whose inhabitants attended the same church, the parish church. In my last post, I scrutinized a birth record from a market town. In this post, I will show an example from a rural parish.


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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.