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A herred is a local judicial district in Denmark. The district has existed in Denmark for centuries and is made of two or more parishes. However, cities had a different judicial system. The district sheriff was the main authority in the district and the local representative of the king. As the local court, the herred had many responsibilities including announcements for the king, probates, minor felonies, local police, epidemic records, military levying, etc.

The different records that can be found on the district level are civil registration, court records, passports for emigration and immigration, guardianship records, land and property, military records, notarial records, probates, taxation records, histories of the district, and some censuses, especially for Southern Jylland.


- Wikipedia. "Herred." Accessed 23 May 2011.

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