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Census 1885

1st of February 1885

1. In the form you include everybody who slept in the house in the night between the 31st of January and the 1st of February, also including those who do not have their permanent residence in the house, but whose presence only is of temporary character. However, nobody who is absent should be included even if their absence is only temporary.

2. The registration shall be done in the following order: front building: basement, ground floor, 1st floor, 2nd floor etc., attic; wing: basement, ground floor etc.; intermediate building: same order; back building: same order. Between each family who are listed there shall be a space.

3. In front of each family you shall give a 'record number' in the column with the title 'record number of family' (1,2,3 etc.) consecutively through the whole property from basement in the front building to the attic in the back building. To a family is included everybody, who is a part of the same household. In front of lodgers and others who do not belong to any household, you put a + in the same column. In front of the temporarily present you put an N.

4. In the following column ('record number of persons') you write a record number, likewise consecutively through the whole property, so that every single person in the form gets his own record number and in a such a way that the last entered record number corresponds to the total number of persons in the property.

5. Directors of hospitals, a founding, barracks and so on, hosts in hotels, inns etc., shall fill in the form in the same way as the owner or landlord in a private property. In a hospital there shall be taken care that all patients are listed in the form (stating their full name, age etc.) and taken care that all other residents of the hospital (employees and so on) are listed. In a hotel all the travelers must be listed in the form as well the other residents of the hotel. The listing for other official buildings is done similarly - everywhere according to the same rules as for ordinary properties.

The signer hereby declares, that the 1st of February 1885 in the said property was the number of ____ persons, neither more nor less and that they are all listed in the form overleaf.

Signature of the landlord: ________

[Description of fields]

Identification number:

Unique identifier.

Entry number:

The source entry number given to each unit transcribed by the volunteers. Normally a parish. This number is used for identifying the geographical area.


The year of the census.

Record number:

In each entry the unique record number.

Source reference:

Reference to the source used for the transcription. The quality of the information varies greatly.

Place name:

Name of locality within the specific census unit.

Household number:

The unique identifier for each household. It is unique across the whole census.


Additional information on the address.

Families in house:

Number of families in each farm or house.


Name of the person.


Gender of the person.


Age is not the age you have but the next age, e.g. you are 25 then you will be stated as 26. New born should have the age: 1.

Marital status:

Marital status.


Name of town or parish where the person was born.

Position in the household:

Position in household in relation to the head of household.


Occupation as stated in the census in Danish.


Comments from the census taker or from the volunteer during the transcription.

Geographic code:

Geographical reference. Refers to the tables 'administrative types, parish, counties, districts and regions.'


Code for urban or rural type.


Nationality. Here da=Danish.

[Description of geography fields]

Geographic code:

The same as the geographic code in the census.

Type of unit:

Code for administrative unit: parish, town, ...


Code for the county. Refers to the table counties.


Code for district. Links to the table districts.


Name of region in Denmark.


Rural or urban.

Entry number:

Entry number. Links to the census.