Friday 8. Feb. 2019

New project maps the Danish population back to 1787

With the project Link-Lives the Danish National Archives in cooperation with the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen City Archives and the company Ancestry aim to map and link historical life courses in the period 1787-1968.

Link-Lives cover the time from the second Danish census in 1787 to the introduction of the Danish Civil Registration System (CPR) in 1968. In an international view the archives in Denmark with censuses, church records and other historical sources hold a vast and unique collection. Link-Lives aim to gather and link the information from these sources.

The project focuses on the potential of linking different sources which hold information about individuals to enhance new areas of research in different disciplines. Link-Lives, for example, have the potential to establish new knowledge about disease patterns across generations.

Read the press release about the Link-Lives project

Based on volunteer efforts

Many years of volunteer efforts have paved the way for the realization of Link-Lives. Now the information on millions of people transcribed by volunteer genealogists can be transformed to data and generate new knowledge about our ancestors and ourselves.

Financial backing from two Danish foundations

The project runs from 2019-2024 and includes technological innovations and historical basic research. To support these initiatives the Innovation Fund Denmark and the Carlsberg Foundation have granted in total DKK 33 million for the project.

Read the press release about the Link-Lives project