Denmark Deaths - What else you can try

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This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find death information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the death section of the Denmark Guided Research page.

Additional online resources

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Additional Databases and Online Resources




Substitute records

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Additional Records with Death Information

Substitute records can contain information about more than one event, and are used when records for an event are not available. Because the substitute records may not be created at the time of the event, it may contain incorrect information. Search for as many substitute records as possible to corroborate information found in substitute records to help improve accuracy.

Use these substitute records to locate death information about your ancestor:
Wiki Page
FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Church Records
See Wiki page
Includes death and burial records. In order to access these records, researchers need to know the parish their ancestor resided in.
Probate Records
Denmark Probate FS Collections
Probates assess the deceased's estate after death, listing surviving family and heirs. They can often give the death date or clues to date of death for the deceased. Not everyone had a probate, making them potentially difficult to find.
Military Records
Denmark Military FS Collections
List the male population from time of their birth until they were about 35 to 40 years old. When a person died or had to be released from military duties for other reasons, notations were made. This includes death dates and places for those men who died young.





Improve searching

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Tips for finding deaths

Success with finding death records in online databases depends on a few key points:

  • Try different spelling variations of the first and last name of your ancestor (e.g. Christian, Kristian).
  • Try a given name search (leave out the last names).
  • The use of patronymics was largely discontinued after the mid 1800s, changing the way people held surnames. See this article for more information.
  • Women began adopting their husband's surname in documents in the late 1800s/early 1900s.
  • Expand the date range of the search.
  • Try searching with the county name only instead of by parish.




Why the record may not exist

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Known Record Gaps

Records Start
Church records in the cities of Denmark generally begin in the early 1600s and in the rural areas in the late 1600s or 1700s. These include death or burial records. Early records may be inconsistent.


Records Destroyed
Any known record loss will be mentioned on the parish page. Locate your parish by navigating to the parish page starting here.








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