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Denmark Births - What else you can try

How to find birth records, marriage records and death records, Why Can't I Find the Record - Denmark Births

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

Additional Online Resources

Additional Databases and Online Resources

Substitute Records

Additional Records with Birth Information

Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for birth events may not have been created at the time of the birth. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.

Use these substitute records to locate birth information about your ancestor:
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FamilySearch(FS) Collections
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Death Records
Denmark Death Guided Research
Usually include the deceased individual’s age at death, suggesting an approximate birthdate by subtracting the age from the death date.
Cemetery Records
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Gravestone inscriptions may include a date of birth.
Census Records
Denmark Census FS Collections
Census records beginning with the year 1787 give names and age of individuals, allowing researches to estimate birth year. Censuses beginning with the year 1845 will in addition give a place of birth for each person.
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Danish newspapers contain obituaries that may include an individual’s age and date of birth. There are also several Danish American newspapers.
Denmark Obituaries
Obituaries usually include the date and place of death as well as the date and place of birth.
Military Records
Denmark Military FS Collections
May provide the age and/or birth date of the individuals who served in military positions or were conscripted.

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Tips for finding births

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

  • Your ancestor's name may misspelled. Try the following search tactics:
  • Try searching for the parents if known, instead of the child.
  • 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 patronyms was largely discontinued after the mid 1800s. See this article for more information.
  • Expand the date range of the search.
  • Try searching with the county name only instead of by parish.
  • If your ancestor's name is common, try adding more information to narrow the search, such as relationships.

Why the Record may not Exist

Known Record Gaps

Records Start
Most churches began keeping baptism records in the mid to late 1600s. Later birth information is also listed in these records. Records prior to the Lutheran Church records are inconsistent. Some records are lost due to fire, and others may have water damage.

Records Published by FamilySearch
Collection coverage tables show the places and time periods of original records published by FamilySearch. For any FamilySearch collections you did not find your ancestor in, check the coverage table for gaps in the online collection. If the time period or location your ancestor lived in is missing from the collection, it may require searches in records found at original repository or finding substitute records for the event.

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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