Denmark Marriages - What else you can try
This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find marriage information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the marriage section of the Denmark Guided Research page.
Additional Online Resources
Additional Databases and Online Resources
Additional Records with Marriage 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 marriage events may not have been created at the time of the marriage. 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 additional records to locate marriage information about your ancestor:|
|Why to search the records|
|Marriage entries list full names of both husband and wife, date and place of marriage, and often the names of witnesses.|
|Census records list the marital status of each individual in the household.|
|May include whether married, widowed, or divorced. In the cases of female deaths, may include the name and occupation of the husband.|
Tips for finding marriages
Success with finding marriage 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 husband instead of the wife, or vice versa.
- 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
Known Record Gaps
Beginning in 1570, the clergy was required to keep marriage records. Most records, however, are not available until the 1700s. Early records may have been lost or damaged.
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.
- Denmark Civil Marriages, Coverage Table - Civil marriages in Denmark began in 1851. All marriages before 1851 are included in church records.
- Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, Coverage Table
Any known record loss will be mentioned on the parish page. Locate your parish by navigating to the parish page starting here.