05.10.2017

Significantly better scans of parish registers from 1814-1892

The Danish National Archives and Ancestry have entered into a cooperation agreement on the new scanning of parish registers (duplicates of the parish registers) for the period 1814-1892. The approximately 2,900,000 image files will be in colour and the image quality will be significantly better than the current images in grey tones on Arkivalieronline (the archives online).

Ancestry will carry out and finance the scan and transfer the original files to the Archives against keeping a copy. As part of the agreement, the National Archives is to transmit a copy of our previous scans of duplicates of the parish registers from the period 1892-1914 to Ancestry.

New scans released continuously

Ancestry will begin the scan at the National Archives in Viborg in October 2017 and Copenhagen (Kalvebod Brygge) in November 2017, followed by Odense and Aabenraa. The work is expected to take approximately 18 months. The project involves a large number of employees in the National Archives with handling archives, reception and processing of image files, layout of metadata, etc.

As they are produced, the image files will be handed over to the National Archives so they can be published on Arkivalieronline. In this regard, the National Archives is endeavouring to improve the quality of metadata. The images will be published in “parallel” with the current images of the registers in grey tones on Arkivalieronline, which will be maintained, and existing links will continue to work.

Collaboration helps collections to be better utilized

“The Archives are very pleased with this agreement, which enables us to present the parish registers, or the duplicates of the parish registers, in a significantly improved image quality, and we also expect to eradicate a number of known and unknown defects that occur in connection with the old grey tones. Without this cooperation, it would hardly be possible. We hope that cooperation with Ancestry can be expanded in the future to other areas, just as the National Archives welcome others who wish to help our collections to be better utilized. “
– Ole Magnus Mølbak Andersen, Deputy Director, User Service and Dissemination, Danish National Archives