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Denmark Census, 1855
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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years: 1855
Language: Danish, German
Title in the Language: Danmark Folketælling, Dänemark Volkszählung
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Related Websites
State Archives of Denmark

Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is an enumeration of all persons in the Kingdom of Denmark on 1 February 1855. If you had an ancestor living in Denmark at this time you should check this census to see where they were living, information about their age, occupation and other members of the family or household.

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This is an every-name index to the 1855 census of Denmark. This index was created by MyHeritage from images provided by the National Archives of Denmark. The census was taken on the first of February and included Denmark, Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Danish West Indies and Schleswig-Holstein.The enumeration for Denmark was divided into three sections: Copenhagen city, other cities and rural areas. This publication includes only Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein.

The counties included in the Schleswig section are:

  • Eckernförde
  • Eiderstedt
  • Flensburg
  • Haderslev
  • Husum

  • Oldenburg
  • Rendsburg
  • Ribe
  • Schleswig
  • Südtondern

  • Svendborg
  • Sønderborg
  • Tønder
  • Vejle
  • Åbenrå

The National Archives of Denmark has cataloged this census with Danmarks Statistik (Dennmark Statistical Office) as the responsible government office. More information about the records created by this office can be found at the National Archives of Denmark's online catalog, Daisy.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Danish. For help reading these records see the following:

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The census forms contain the following information.

Column Heading (Danish) Column Heading (English)
Byernes eller Stedernes Navne, med Anførsel af Gaarde, Huse, o.s.v. Town's or place's name with reference of farms, houses, etc.
Familiernes Antal Number of families
Samtlige Personers fulde Navne All persons' full names
Enhver Personers Alder, det løbende Alders Aar iberegnet. Each person's age, determined according to the current year
Gift, ugift, enkemand, enke eller fraskilt Married, unmarried, widower, widow or divorced
Fødestedet nemlig Kjøbstadens og paa Landet Sognets og Amtets Navn og ved Udlandinge og de i Bilandene og i Colonierne Fødte Landet hvor de ere fødte Birthplace namely the city or in the country the parish and county's name and for foreigners and those born in the dependency colonies where they are born.
Personernes Stilling i Familien, Titel, Embede, Forretning, Næringsvei eller hvilket Erhverv de leve, eller om forsørges af Fattigvæsenet Persons' position in the family, title, office, business, trade, occupation, or how they are provided for or provided for by the Poor Commission
Troesbekjendelsen Religion
Af disse være: / Døvstumme / Døve / Blinde Of these are / Deaf and dumb / Deaf / Blind
Anmærkinger Remarks

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

For additional details about these records and help using them see Denmark, Censuses - FamilySearch Historical Records

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. Only the DGS numbers are displayed. This table lists the first item on each folder in this collection. The contents may be continued from the previous folder.

DGS Roll Country County District Parish City Quarter First Street
103918543 2000 Denmark Aalborg Aars Aars
103918544 2001 Denmark Aalborg Hindsted Skelund
103918545 2002 Denmark Århus Framlev Borum
103918546 2003 Denmark Århus Sabro Lading
103918547 2004 Denmark Frederiksborg Horns Dråby
103918548 2005 Denmark Frederiksborg Strø Alsønderup
103918549 2006 Denmark Hjørring Dronninglund Dronninglund
103918550 2007 Denmark Hjørring Vennebjerg Ruberg
103918551 2008 Denmark Holbæk Merløse Ågerup
103918552 2009 Denmark Holbæk Skippinge Agnsø
103918553 2010 Denmark København Sokkelund Brønshøj
103918554 2011 Denmark København (Roskilde) Sømme Ågerup
103918555 2012 Denmark Maribo Falster Sønder Åstrup
103918556 2013 Denmark Maribo Lolland Sønder Arninge
103918557 2014 Denmark Odense Båg Bågø
103918558 2015 Denmark Odense Odense Bellinge
103918559 2016 Denmark Odense Vends Ejby
103918560 2017 Denmark Præstø Fakse Alslev
103918561 2018 Denmark Præstø Stevns Lille Heddinge
103918562 2019 Denmark Randers Nørre Anholt
103918563 2020 Denmark Randers Sønderhald Krogsbæk
103918564 2021 Denmark Ribe Skads Årre
103918565 2022 Denmark Ribe Sct. Johannes
103918566 2023 Denmark Ringkøbing Hind Gammel
103918567 2024 Denmark Ringkøbing Ulvborg Husby
103918568 2025 Denmark Skanderborg Silkeborg birk Rye
103918569 2026 Denmark Sorø Ringsted Haslev
103918570 2027 Denmark Sorø Vester Flakkebjerg Aggersø
103918571 2028 Denmark Svendborg Gudme Gudme
103918572 2029 Denmark Svendborg Salling Sønder Broby
103918573 2030 Denmark Svendborg Langelands Sønder Humble
103918574 2031 Denmark Thisted Morsø Sønder Karby
103918575 2032 Denmark Vejle Brusk Harte
103918576 2033 Denmark Vejle Nørvang Øster Nykirke
103918577 2034 Denmark Viborg Lysgaard Almind
103918578 2035 Denmark Viborg Sønderlyng Aalum
103918579 2036 Denmark København Christianshavn Sankt Annæ 276
103918580 2037 Denmark København Klædebo Klædeboderne 1
103918581 2038 Denmark København Købmager Sværtegade 120
103918582 2039 Denmark København Nørre Studiestræde 89
103918583 2040 Denmark København Rosenborg Købmagergade (lille Kjøbmagergade) 186
103918584 2041 Denmark København Sankt Annæ Vester Adelgade 242
103918585 2042 Denmark København Sank Annæ Vester Nyboder Kamelgade 3, 1. Division, 1. Kompagni
103918586 2043 Denmark København Sankt Annæ Øster Amaliegade 127
103918587 2044 Denmark København Snarens Gammeltorv 98
103918588 2045 Denmark København Udenbys Klædebo Skt. Hans Torvet 64
103918589 2046 Denmark København Vester Nytorv 1
103918590 2047 Denmark København Øster Store Kirkestræde 48
103918591 2048 Denmark Aalborg (part 1) 1ste rode Gravensgade 117
103918592 2049 Denmark Aalborg (part 3) Algade 516
103918593 2050 Denmark Århus (part 1) 1ste rode Studsgade 166
103918594 2051 Denmark Århus (part 3) 2den rode Fiskergade 495
103918595 2052 Denmark Århus (part 4) 3de rode Nygade 780
103918596 2054 Denmark Fåborg Nørre Torvet 48
103918597 2055 Denmark Fredericia
103918598 2056 Denmark Hjørring 4de Østergade 61
103918599 2057 Denmark Korsør 1ste Ahlgade
103918600 2058 Denmark Nykøbing Falster Østergade rode Østergade 33
103918601 2059 Denmark Odense (part 1) Overgade 48a
103918602 2060 Denmark Odense (part 3) Vestergade 244
103918603 2061 Denmark Odense (part 2) Nørregade 474a
103918604 2062 Denmark Odense (part 7) Nedergade 669
103918605 2063 Denmark Ringkøbing Bredgaden 1
103918606 2064 Denmark Slagelse Smedegade Fjerding Kjelden 1
103918607 2065 Denmark Svendborg (part 1) Gerritsgade 1
103918608 2066 Denmark Svendborg (part 3) Overgade 480
103918609 2067 Denmark Viborg 1ste St. Mogensgade 17
103918610 1 Schleswig Dithmarschen Burg 1ste Breite Strasse 1
103918611 2 Schleswig Schleswig-Flensborg Flensborg Matr. Nr. 430
103918612 3 Schleswig Sønderborg Sønderborg
103918613 4 Schleswig Flensborg Ugle Egggebæk
103918614 5 Schleswig Haderslev Haderslev Hoptrup
103918615 6 Schleswig Nordborg Søby
103918616 7 Schleswig Slesvig 2. Angler godsdistrikt Gettorf

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • The parish where the person lived

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:

  1. Look at the Digital Folder Number List section to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Check the image the index was taken from to see if there is additional information
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing this Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Use the information to locate the individual in church records, if appropriate

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Consult the Denmark Record Finder to find other records
  • People enjoyed a higher level of personal mobility in Denmark than in other countries due to the easier terrain and absence of laws restricting movement. A well-developed system of transportation existed which facilitated moving from one place to another.
  • Consider alternate spellings for names, such as Peder for Peter, and Maria for Maren. Law regarding surnames were not fully in effect at this time, so the person may be recorded with or without a patronymic surname
  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches
  • Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon
  • Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description, if possible

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Denmark.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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