Danish Military Records
6/11/2014
How do I track down 19th-century military records from Denmark? Expert answers for your genealogy questions.
Q. How do I track down 19th-century military records from Denmark?
 
A. Starting in 1788, all Danish males from the time of birth until age 34 were listed as potential draftees on parish rolls. These army levying rolls (Lægdsruller) can help you follow a male ancestor as he moved from parish to parish, which in turn helps you find him in census and church records. (Learn more at <wiki.familysearch.org/en/Denmark:_Military_Records>.) You can find army levying rolls up to 1919 on microfilm at the Family History Library: Search the catalog on the keyword laegdsruller—the results are organized by date and district. Rent the microfilms at your local Family History Center; you can find a list at <familytreemagazine.com/fhcs>.