I have traced the australian records of my 2nd great grandfather Peter Petersen, and am trying to make the link back to the Danish records.
Peter was born between 1848 and 1851 to Peter Sorsen and Caroline Petersen.
Family stories have Peter coming from 'the same place as Hans Christensen Andersen', (Odense? Funen?) and australian records place him as at Middelfart, Fyn, Danmark
Danish Emigration Archive list Peter as travelling to Australia in 1872, from a port outside of Denmark - family story states that he travelled by a 'private sailing vessel' and that he jumped ship (to avoid conscription/contined service in the Franco Prussian war?).
I don't know how to go next - I am hindered by language and lack of knowledge of location, history and local resources. Any and all help, hints, and tips are welcome!