Vemmelev Parish, Sorø, Denmark Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

The priest's farmhouse in Vemmelev burned on 26 May 1762 and 19 May 1859. The first fire destroyed all prior parish records for both Vemmelev and its annex, Hemmeshøj parish but these records survived the second. However, from 1814-1839 the church records are transcripts of the hovedministerial records.

Vemmelev Parish
Stift (diocese) Roskilde (Catholic) (Pre-1022-1537), Sjælland (1537-1922), Roskilde (1922-Present)
Pastorat (chapelry) Vemmelev-Hemmeshøj (Early-Present)
Len -1662 Add here
Amt (county) 1662 - 1793 Antvorskov
Amt (county) 1794 - 1970 Sorø
Herred (district) Slagelse
Kommune (municipality) Vemmelev-Hemmeshøj
1788 – 1793 Lægd number 23
1794 – 1869 Lægd number 57
1870 – Udskrivningskred /Lægd number 2/315
Gods (estate) Basnæs gods; Espegård gods; Taarnholm gods; Antvorskov gods; Dyrehovedgaard gods

Place Names[edit | edit source]

Forlev, Forlev Mærsk, Forlev, Lb.,

Gammel Forlev, Gedemarkgaard,


Ormeslev, Ormeslev Mark, Ormeslev, Lb.,


Tinghuse, Tjæreby Vejle,

Vejlager, Vemmelev, Vemmelev Mark, Vemmelev, Lb.

To see what kind of place it is you will need a Danish Gazetteer.

  • Surrounding Parishes

Birth, Marriage, and Death Online Records[edit | edit source]

  • Free Online Database:
The vast majority of research you do in Denmark will be in church parish registers, which are held in the Danish State Archives available online at ARKIVALIERONLINE. Select your county and parish from the drop-down lists.
  • Help Reading Danish Records:
Denmark Parish Register Headings provides translated examples of parish headings. You will be able to interpret much of what is in the records using these headings. Danish Genealogical Word List covers typical terms found in the records. Denmark Feast Day Calendars will help you translate dates written in feast day form. Denmark surnames are patronymic and change every generation, so carefully study Denmark Names, Personal.
  • Help Reading Old Handwriting:
  • Knowing What to Look for Next:
To understand the best research strategies for these records, see Denmark Church Records Christenings Guide.

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • Lægdsruller, Danish Military Levying Rolls, is a census of men eligible to join military (1789-1932)
What's on Lægdsruller and Søruller
Danish Military Levying Rolls (Lægdsruller)

Related Sources[edit | edit source]

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

Click Denmark, Sorø Records for a full listing of records at the Family History Library, that may be digitized. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a Family History Center near you.
Click on "Places within Denmark, Sorø" and then select your parish.

References[edit | edit source]

-Krabsen & Medici. "Krabsens Stednavnebase.",
-Trap, J. P., ed. Kongeriget Danmark, 4te ed. Vol.3, Sorø Amt,
København: G. E. C. Gads Forlag, 1921