MyHeritage to digitize and add more than 120 million historical records from Denmark

MyHeritage, the leading destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, announces the availability of millions of Danish historical records.

[Editor’s note: The following information was just received from MyHeritage, the exclusive sponsor of GeneaBloggers. This is huge news since this is an exclusive record set for MyHeritage!]

Millions of records dating back to the 1600s will go online for the first time and enable anyone with Danish ancestors to discover their roots

TEL AVIV, Israel & COPENHAGEN, Denmark – December 22, 2014: MyHeritage, the leading destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, today announced that millions of Danish historical records will be made available to search on its website. The announcement follows an agreement between MyHeritage and the Danish National Archives to index Census and Parish records from 1646 to 1930, providing access to significant sources of family history information in Denmark. The move will enable MyHeritage users to learn more about their ancestors and the lives they led, using records that were never digitally available before.

The records, spanning almost 300 years, provide a window to the lives of Danish ancestors during fascinating periods in history including the Napoleonic wars, liberalism and nationalism of the 1800s, the Schleswig Wars and industrialization. Users will be able to search for records about their ancestors using names, dates, locations, relatives and other keywords via SuperSearch, MyHeritage’s search engine for historical records. MyHeritage users also enjoy powerful matching technologies that research their family trees automatically and notify them whenever Danish records relevant to their family are found. This makes discoveries easier and quicker than ever before. Once indexed, this will be one of the most comprehensive and valuable data collections for millions of Danes, and millions of people with Danish roots.

The records will illuminate the lives and times of noted Danish historical figures such as Kierkegaard and Niels Bohr. Celebrity fans will be able to look into the family history of Danish Americans such as Scarlett Johansson and Viggo Mortensen for clues on their success. Many of the records will be made available on MyHeritage as early as April 2015 and the rest will be added during the year.

MyHeritage will index Danish national censuses, including approximately 9 million images and 31 million records, covering the years of 1787 through to 1930.  One of the most enlightening sources of historical content, census records provide a glimpse into a family’s past listing information about each household including the names of occupants, information on residence, ages, places of birth and occupations.

In addition, MyHeritage will index 3.9 million images of Church records containing approximately 90 million names from 1646 to 1915. The Parish Register provides information regarding anyone who was born, baptized or confirmed (after 1737), married or died in a particular parish. The records include rich information about a person’s family: for example, for baptisms they list the date of birth, date of baptism, name of the child, parent’s names, occupations and residence, and often names of witnesses and godparents.

MyHeritage Chief Content Officer, Russ Wilding, said: “We’re very proud to partner with the Danish National Archives and add significant new content which will paint a more detailed and colorful picture of the family histories for hundreds of thousands of our users in Denmark and anyone with Danish ancestors. The move strengthens our leadership in the Nordic region – and we look forward to building on this in the coming months”.

MyHeritage is already the family history market leader in the Nordic region and is the only major company providing services in Danish, Norwegian, and Finnish. With more than 430,000 users in Denmark and an additional 600,000 registered users in Sweden, 500,000 in Norway, and 280,000 in Finland, MyHeritage has amassed the largest Nordic user base and family tree database in the market.

The records will be available on MyHeritage SuperSearch at w

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is the leading destination to discover, share and preserve your family history. As technology thought leaders and innovators in the space, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Trusted by millions of families, its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground-breaking search and matching technologies. MyHeritage empowers families with an easy way to share their story, past and present, and treasure it for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 40 languages.


Local History and Culture Grants Available via Schwemm Family Foundation

The grant application cycle for the Schwemm Family Foundation is now open as of 1 December 2014 with local history and culture as a focus area.

The Schewmm Family Foundation, located in Ventura, California, is now accepting grant applications for projects related to local history and culture . . . a great fit for genealogical and historical societies. The grant application process, with applications accepted from December 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015, gives priority to “grants awarded in the following regions: Southwest (Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and California), Oregon, Maryland, Florida, and Illinois (with an emphasis on the greater Chicago region).”

Grant Guidelines

According to the foundation website:

Grants will be limited to 501c3 charitable organizations and typically will not exceed $8,000 annually to any one organization. Approved grants must be project focused with an estimated completion time within one year. Grant requests for operating support, loans, endowments, and unrestricted funds, will not be considered. The Foundation requires a progress report at the completion of the funded project to detail progress and to verify that the funds are used for the stated purpose. Pre and post site visits may be requested.

Goal: Local History and Culture

Among several goals of the Schwemm Family Foundation, is the support of Local History and Culture “to help instill a sense of connection and belonging to one’s community by preserving and sharing history and cultural heritage through literature, oral histories, and other interpretive means.”

For more information, visit the Schwemm Family Foundation website at

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Monday, 22 December 2014

Dec 22, 1952. Named by a three-year-old after watching a test broadcast of the opening sequence (a hand ringing a bell), “Ding Dong School” was one of the first children’s educational series. Miss Frances (Dr. Frances Horwich, head of Roosevelt College’s education department at Chicago) was the host of this weekday show.
Today is Monday 22 December 2014, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Ding Dong School Premiere – Anniversary and Giacomo Puccini’s Birthday – Anniversary.

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