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A ''herred'' is a minor jurisdictional district in Denmark. The herred has existed in Denmark since at least 1232 and usually comprises multiple parishes. Several administrative responsibilities were assigned to herreds including church inspections, notary services, fire protection, promulgating announcements for the king, probates, prosecuting minor felonies, providing local law enforcement, keeping records of epidemics, military conscription ([[Danish Military Levying Rolls (Lægdsruller)|levying rolls]]), etc. The district sheriff (herredsfoged) was the main authority in the district and the local representative of the king. Cities had a separate jurisdictional authority.  
 
A ''herred'' is a minor jurisdictional district in Denmark. The herred has existed in Denmark since at least 1232 and usually comprises multiple parishes. Several administrative responsibilities were assigned to herreds including church inspections, notary services, fire protection, promulgating announcements for the king, probates, prosecuting minor felonies, providing local law enforcement, keeping records of epidemics, military conscription ([[Danish Military Levying Rolls (Lægdsruller)|levying rolls]]), etc. The district sheriff (herredsfoged) was the main authority in the district and the local representative of the king. Cities had a separate jurisdictional authority.  
  
A search of The National Archives of Denmark's online catalog, Daisy, using the term "Herred" as archive creator "arkivskaber" will return a list of herreds in Denmark and the records they created.  
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A search of The National Archives of Denmark's online catalog, [https://www.sa.dk/daisy/daisy_forside Daisy], using the term "Herred" as archive creator (arkivskaber) will return a list of herreds in Denmark and the records they created.  
  
 
Records created by the herred include civil registration, court, passport, guardianship, land and property, military, notarial, probate, taxation, histories of the district, and some censuses, especially for Southern Jylland.<br>  
 
Records created by the herred include civil registration, court, passport, guardianship, land and property, military, notarial, probate, taxation, histories of the district, and some censuses, especially for Southern Jylland.<br>  

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A herred is a minor jurisdictional district in Denmark. The herred has existed in Denmark since at least 1232 and usually comprises multiple parishes. Several administrative responsibilities were assigned to herreds including church inspections, notary services, fire protection, promulgating announcements for the king, probates, prosecuting minor felonies, providing local law enforcement, keeping records of epidemics, military conscription (levying rolls), etc. The district sheriff (herredsfoged) was the main authority in the district and the local representative of the king. Cities had a separate jurisdictional authority.

A search of The National Archives of Denmark's online catalog, Daisy, using the term "Herred" as archive creator (arkivskaber) will return a list of herreds in Denmark and the records they created.

Records created by the herred include civil registration, court, passport, guardianship, land and property, military, notarial, probate, taxation, histories of the district, and some censuses, especially for Southern Jylland.

Herreds can contain smaller jurisdictions called birker.

References
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- Wikipedia. "Herred." http://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herred. Accessed 23 May 2011.

- Wikipedia. "Kong Valdemars Jordebog." (https://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kong_Valdemars_Jordebog). Accessed 12 October 2015.

- Worsøe, Hans H. Politikens Håndbog i Slægtshistorie. København (Copenhagen): Politikens Forlag A/S, 2005.