Source Information

Ancestry.com. Danish West Indies Census, 1841-1901 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2021.
Original data: 1841-1901 Dansk Vestindiske Folketælling, Rigsarkivet, Danmark.

About Danish West Indies Census, 1841-1901

Historical Context

From 1672 until 1917, Denmark was a colonial power in the Caribbean. Driven by a desire to compete on trade with its European counterparts, the Danish government administered a territory consisting of the islands of St. Thomas, St. John (St. Jan) and St. Croix, known collectively as the Danish West Indies (Dansk Vestindien). They were governed under Danish rule until 1917 when they were sold to the USA and took their present name, the US Virgin Islands.

This Collection

Included in the records are all census carried out in the Danish West Indies between 1841 and 1901.

The following information can be found in the images. The level of detail can vary depending on which year you are looking at:

  • Name
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Birth date
  • Relation to head
  • Marital status
  • Gender
  • Religion
  • Place of birth