To avoid any unnecessary waste of time it is advisable to gather all the information available at home before starting an investigation of the records in Danish archives.
It is of paramount importance to establish the original form of the name of the ancestor in question, his precise age (preferably his date of birth), but above all his birthplace; if this is not possible, his last permanent address in Denmark may be of help.
The lists contain information about the emigration dates and home parishes of the emigrants, the name of the vessels that carried them, and their destinations.However some incontestable factual basis is necessary for the exploitation of these lists.Such material may sometimes open up new approaches to the records previously examined.This is especially true as regards emigrant lists compiled by the Commissioner of the Copenhagen Police; the original lists have been handed over to the Provincial Archives of Sealand while copies can be found with the Danes Worldwide Archives (address below).It is important that such material be not destroyed; if the family does not want to keep it, the Danes Worldwide Archives (address below) will be happy to receive it; the material will prove useful to emigration research as such, and may be of great help to other emigrants. of the immigrant generation An immigrant to a new country would undoubtedly often keep his naturalization certificate carefully stowed away.
Such a certificate may not contain information about the immigrant's birthplace, but usually it states when and where the immigration took place, and may lead on to the relevant official records on the matter.
Each year, many people of Danish descent visit the "old country" and they often use the trip find out more about where their family lived before they emigrated to the United States.
Some just want to see the part of Denmark their ancestors came from but others may wish to undertake more serious genealogic research.
It is not possible within the scope of this fact sheet to give information about all the countries in which Danish emigrants have settled. The facilities of the Genealogical Society are open to the public, free of charge, and if time forbids a personal visit to Salt Lake City, or to one of the branch libraries, a list can be had with the names of researchers accredited in Danish research, who will, for a fee, carry out the research required. out of print), which may be extremely useful also for research carried out in Denmark.
The Genealogical Society has published A Genealogical Guidebook and Atlas of Denmark (ed. Records in Denmark Once all the possibilities in the new country have been exhausted, it is time to turn to the material kept in the old country.
From 1832 and well into the present century all Danish domestics were required to possess conduct books in which comments on their conduct could be made by their employers.