In Denmark, we have more than 500 provincial archives and they store pictures, letters and other records from a precise area. Most of the provincial archives have a webpage, where you can see a couple of the records they have, but the provincial archives throughout Denmark have also joined together on a webpage where they all upload their files. On that page you can search in the material they have uploaded so far. This could be helpful, if you live outside of Denmark or in a different part of Denmark. In that case you may not have to travel to an archive far away, but can start the search from home. This webpage started last year and of course there is a long way ahead before everything is online, but they have done a great job so far and it is very easy to search.
If your ancestors emigrated in the period 1868 – 1940 you may be able to find information regarding your ancestors in the Copenhagen Police Emigration Protocols. They would, however, only be listed if they purchased a ticket from an Emigration Agent with an office in Copenhagen.
The records kept by the Police were all contracts signed between agents and emigrants. This was done to prevent “crooked” agents from cheating emigrants by taking their money.
Not all emigrants, (but the majority) can be found in the Police Records of Emigrants. Those who bought their ticket abroad or were sailors can’t be found in the records.
In The Emigration Protocols (or Ledgers) you will also find the following information:
- Place of birth and last place of residence
- Destination, state and city
- Contract number
- Date of listing in the Copenhagen Police Records of Emigrants
- Name of the ship