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Can anyone assist me to finish off reading the details of this 1906 Danish census?

Per Kjeld Lassen 1906 Census, Denmark

The image is from FamilySearch who cite it as:

"Denmark Census, 1906," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QLXW-Y5BS : 19 October 2017), Peter Kjeld Lassen in entry for Johan Chr Julius Zahle Lassen, København, Danmark; from "1906 Denmark Census," database and images, MyHeritage ( https://www.myheritage.com : 2016), film 00040; citing Rigsarkivet, København, Danmark (National Archives, Copenhagen, Denmark).

The column headings I have from the FS Wiki - there are apparently 3 formats and this is the Copenhagen format, although the place (Hellerup) is just outside the city of Copenhagen so far as I can see from maps.

I am interested in the Lassen family and using the index and image, I believe the names are:

  • Johan Chr Julius Zahle-Lassen
  • Thora Vilhelmine "
  • Karen Margrethe "
  • Kaj Erik "
  • Per Kjeld "
  • Yelva Helversen

Re the occupations in col. 12 - I believe that Johan is an Inspector but if anyone wants to dispute this, please do so. (Other trees suggest he worked as an inspector for an insurance company)

Question - what is Yelva's occupation? I'm guessing that she's a servant or maybe house-keeper but I can't find a word in Google Translate to match...

Thanks for any assistance.

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Yelva is a Husjomfru (house-maid), i.e. a female servant in a "more familiarly position" according to ODS.

  • Thanks for that - I had managed to find the family in the 1901 Census where she was described as a "tyende", which I understand means "servant". So there's a subtle difference between 1901 and 1906.
    – AdrianB38
    Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 21:20
  • You're welcome. Tyende is indeed "servant", but could easily be of a shorter term (half or whole year contracts were common). I suppose they had a good relationship.
    – meide
    Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 21:23
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    Perhaps she doubled as a nanny of sorts, at the time usually called gouvernante (ie. governess) in Danish after the French, currently barnepige is the more common word.
    – meide
    Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 21:30
  • Thanks for the insights - Yelva may very well have been a bit more than an ordinary domestic servant if she was with them for 5 years and she moved from Aarhus to Hellerup with the family.
    – AdrianB38
    Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 21:36

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