If your Danish ancestors lived in Jylland (Jutland) or in the German border county of Schleswig-Holstein (once part of Denmark), they may have emigrated through Hamburg or other European ports rather than Danish ones. The FHL also has microfilmed Hamburg passenger records. For help with these, see the FamilySearch wiki.
Once you’ve begun to search actual records, you’ll unlock a wealth of genealogical information, including:
Ordering a Danish
• Citizenship records: Danish citizenship wasn’t a birthright. Rather, cities would confer citizenship upon individuals, who then had the right to reside and do business in that city. Attainment of citizenship was recorded, with data about the individual, in “citizenship books” (borgerskabprotokoller). The FHL catalogs its collection of these books by county and city under the Court Records heading.
• Dates: starting nationwide in 1646; earlier in some parishes
• Access: parish registers through 1920 on FHL microfilm; pre-1892 registers are being posted free
• Dates: at varying intervals since 1761
• Access: 1787 through 1911 on FHL microfilm; through 1850 (and eventually, 1921) at the Danish Demographic Database
• Dates: 1868 to 1940
• Access: through 1908 free in the Danish Emigration Archives; on FHL microfilm through 1911