Research Guides

An old house in Ebeltoft, Denmark
red leaves on a house in Jutland
another danish house

Beginners' guides to Danish research:

Danish Naming traditions-- from Denmark list members, along with an explanation of christening and burial traditions.
Typing Danish letters on your computer -- Danish has three letters that are not in the English alphabet. It's essential to learn how to make them.
Danish State Archives-- Guide to getting started in Danish research.
Gary Horlacher's "Genealogy Research in Denmark"-- a list of the records that you can probably find for your Danish ancestors. See the "Essential Databases" page to see which of these are online now. Also see the "Resources by Region" page to find which ones have been indexed locally.
Norm Madsen's Swiss and Danish Genealogy Home Page
My Danish Roots -- a very complete and detailed site.
Cyndis list-- Denmark -- list of links of Denmark-related material
How to use Military Levying Rolls -- a very complete discussion by Betty Jack.
Breaking Down Brick Walls -- another very complete discussion by Betty Jack.

Help with place names:

Autoriserede stednavne i Danmark-- Place names in Denmark. Downloadable .pdf files-- just click on the section of the alphabet you are interested in.
Search placenames by map

Stednavne-- search for all the place names in a parish, or search by place name. In Danish and English. You'll need to use the correct Danish spelling to search this database.

Help with old documents:

The Danish Connection is a website maintained by members of the Denmark list. Since it's accessible by password only, it's not linked to here. It is a place to post photos and documents that relate to Danish family history. If you have a scan of a document that's difficult to read, you can post it here, and other list members will help you figure it out. It's a great way to learn to read old handwriting and to learn most Danish. To visit the Danish Connection, join the Denmark list, and ask for an invitation to the Danish Connection.

Chart showing names for relationships in Danish. "Dig" in the center, means "you", then it shows the names of how various people in different generations are related.
Course in Gothic Handwriting -- in Norwegian

Encyclopædia of the Danish Language--Ordbog over det Danske Sprog - perioden 1700 - 1950, 28 volumes online -- Danish to Danish, but it does explain archaic words.
Online Danish English Translator-- this site might be able to give you a passable translation of a passage in Danish. (But learning some Danish yourself is even better. Or you can always try Google.

Notes on Danish for English Speakers-- explanations of Danish grammar.

In very old documents, dates are often give only in relationship to traditional Holy days. These sites help you translate entries such as "the 3rd Sunday after Easter in 1744" into actual dates.

Bauers Calendar -- if you're trying to find translate a date from the 1700s, click on "18. århundrede", etc, then you'll find a list of all the years in that century. Covers 7th century to 22nd century.
Dansk Kalendar -- 1500-2099

Index to the names of obscure fixed Danish holy days and feasts -- occasionally you might need to find out about a more obscure holiday. This calendar lists the holidays in alphabetical order. Click on the month by the name to read more about that holiday in Danish.

Historical maps of Denmark-- On the right, under the map of Denmark, click the circle which says "Historiske kort" (Historic map). Unfortunately, you'll have to search for a street name in the parish you are interested in, since you can't search by parish. Click "Søg" and a map of the parish will appear. In the pulldown menus, you can choose which time period you'd like from the available maps. It uses javascript and is a bit tricky to use. (If you need some help, join the Denmark list.)

Find other people who are researching your ancestors:
Gedcomp-- you email a Gedcom to Lars Lundin and he enters it into his database, which now contains 3.8 million people. If any of your information matches other GEDCOMs, he lets you and the owner of the other GEDCOM know of the match, so that you can compare information. Your GEDCOM is not posted to the internet, and you cannot search his database yourself.
Danish Demes Project-- a DNA project for all Denmark.
Sognetræf -- this site lets you see who else is researching people in the parishes that you are interested in. You can register there so that others can find you too.

Danish Archives FAQ-- describes the various archives of Denmark with links to many of them.

How to find probates in the LDS Family History Catalog as well as a few online indexes.

Special circumstances:
Danish Ship Masters--
in Danish, but has a searchable database
Danish Civil Servants--
Børge Fogsgaard's database of Danish civil servants
Farmers -- The Danish Family Farm Archive has a searchable database on line. Search by farm name or see all the farms in an area listed here. If you find your ancestors' farm listed, click on the link there, and write to the archivist to find out about having the information for that farm which they have copied and sent to you. Remember that you'll need to use the correct Danish alphabet characters to search.
Poor People -- Sooner or later you're going to see an entry that says "fattig" (poor) for one of your ancestors. Here's an overview of poor laws in Denmark over the last three hundred years.

Mormon Ancestors? --
Advice for researching Danes who were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

US Newspapers:
Danish Village Voices-- Local paper for Elk Horn, Iowa, with index. Access is free, but it seems to currently be limited to 2003 and 2004.

Bikuben-- Danish language newspaper from Utah for Mormon Danes. Available in the University of Utah library and the LDS Church Archives.

Right to left: A house in Ebeltoft, an ivy covered wall, and another house in Ebeltoft.


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Page last updated September 3, 2012