Everyone wants a family crest!• Official Danish coats of arms are specially protected by Danish law.In general they may only be used in official duties by offices of stateand municipalities. The unlawful use of an official coat of arms orother official insignia is a criminal offence under section 132 of theDanish penal code.• The National Heraldic Consultant is an officer under the DanishNational Archive. His job is to ensure that official coats of armsadhere to the rules of heraldry and to approve municipal coats ofarms. He has no jurisdiction over private coats of arms.• Private coats of arms are not regulated and need no official sanction.Private coats of arms can be used as trademarks and thus be protectedfrom other commercial use. Specific renditions of coats of arms areprotected by copyright law.
3• But not everyone has them! Nobility andthe rich stand a better chance of beingalready documented.3
7• What are some other places to look?• Censuses, databases, parish registers,asking online...7
vigtige oplysninger! (done by Google Translate)• National Archives Film Ning Center since2002 digitized church books in order to makethem available on the Internet. The work ismade possible thanks to special appropriationsfrom the Ministry of Culture.• At the State Archives website is a guide tochurch records read more.• All church records older than 1892 was inOctober 2006 posted onwww.arkivalieroneline.dk. These churchrecords are scanned by the micro card in black/ white quality.
How to see these• Leaf Ning program is made in Java, and to viewthe scanned pages, you must first install Java VMruntime from Sun (see instructions). Werecommend that Windows XP is updated toService Pack 2 from Microsoft.• For use of scrolling program, look under menuitem under the Help Guide or inside the leaf testprogram.
• Church records after 1891 were by 2008 laid outto the extent that the books printed before 1925-1930. Then, the interpretation of church booksprinted before 1950, commenced.• Church records after 1891 are scanned directlyfrom the original books. The scans are ingrayscale.• Many of the original church books are marked bypast poor housing conditions, poor print qualitylike. It is not possible to correct these conditions,which therefore also reflected in the digitizedchurch records on the Internet.