Get help from an experienced genealogist

At the National Archives' reading rooms volunteer counsellors can help you with your genealogical research.

Are you a beginner or are you bogged down in a problem? Experienced genealogists regularly visit the National Archives’ reading rooms in Copenhagen, Odense, Viborg and Aabenraa to help other genealogists.

There is no need to book in advance for this assistance. You just have to be there. It is a free service and everyone is welcome.

The offer has been established in collaboration with family history associations.

What help is available?

Help is available for a little of everything. The topics will mainly be the use of church records and censuses, information about sources and their credibility, and the use of forms and IT. You are very welcome to ask specific questions that relate to the most frequently used source groups. For example:

  • Police and justice cases
  • Paternity cases/illegitimate children
  • Adoption
  • Probate records
  • Muster rolls

You can also get help to search archives in Sweden, Germany and the USA as well as help in deciphering handwriting.

When can I get help from a volunteer counsellor?

Get an overview below or in the calendar.

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  • Copenhagen

    Every Tuesday

    You can find the volunteer counsellors in Panoramasalen which is located on the 3rd floor of The Black Diamond in Copenhagen every tuesday until the end of May

    • Tuesday, March 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday, May 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday, May 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    After the summer holiday, the volunteer counsellors will offer guidance every tuesday from September 6 until the second tuesday in December.

  • Odense

    The first Thursday

    In Odense, the volunteer counsellors are ready to help you with your family research on the first Thursday of the month from September to June.

    In 2022 you can find the volunteer counsellors in Brugernes Frokoststue on the following days:

    • Thursday, April 7, 10.15 to 12 a.m.
    • Thursday, May 5, 10.15 to 12 a.m.
    • Thursday, June 2, 10.15 to 12 a.m.
    • Thursday, September 1, 10.15 to 12 a.m.
    • Thursday, October 6, 10.15 to 12 a.m.
    • Thursday, November 3, 10.15 to 12 a.m.
    • Thursday, December 1, 10.15 to 12 a.m.

    The volunteer counsellors come from Danske Slægtsforskere Odense.

  • Viborg

    First and third Thursday

    You can get help from volunteer counsellors in Viborg on the first and third Thursday of the month from September to June.

    The volunteer counsellors come from Slægtshistorisk forening for Viborg og Omegn.

    • Thursday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Aabenraa

    The third Thursday

    You can get help from volunteer counsellors on the dates below.

    • Thursday, March 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Thursday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Thursday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.