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Record Description
Record Type: Church Records
Collection years: 1527-1986
Languages: German
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Katholische Kirchenbücher aus dem Diözese Gurk-Klagenfurt


What is in This Collection?

This collection includes records from 1527 to 1986. It is a collection of church books containing baptisms, christenings and burials. There may also be birth, marriage, and death records. All of these records are held at the Diocese of Gurk in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Event types were often compiled in separate volumes. In some parishes, however, the baptisms, marriages, and burials for one year (e.g. 1785) were all grouped together. Entries are usually recorded in chronological order, though some entries may be out of order. Entries before the mid-1700s were often in free text paragraphs; sometimes the priest created columns to record the information.

After the mid-1700s, a pre-printed form with column headings became common (though not always used). On these forms, the entries were handwritten in Gothic script; as time progressed, handwriting in these entries began to resemble more the Romanized handwriting that we use today. In Austria, a parish was an ecclesiastical jurisdiction consisting of many villages and hamlets, with one of the villages designated as the main parish town. Austrian church records are typically written in German or Latin. Regional dialect affects the spelling of some German words, for example: “Maÿ” is recorded instead of the German “Mai” for the month of May, and “Aeltern” instead of “Eltern” for the word parents.

Catholic Church records began as early as the 1500s; most church records, however, began in the late 1600s. In 1784, the Austrian Empire required that all births, marriages, and deaths be recorded in civil records. Catholic Church records in this collection start with the year 1581 through the present day, but because of privacy laws, these records are available online only through 1905. Austrian church books are one of the most reliable and accurate family history sources, although not always recorded correctly.

Reading These Records

For help reading these German records see the following guides:

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth

  • Child's given name
  • Birth date
  • Location and house number
  • Gender
  • Parents' names

Baptism

  • Child's given name
  • Baptism date
  • Location and house number
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Parents' names
  • Names and occupations of witnesses

Marriage

  • Date of event
  • Place of event with house number
  • Groom's name, age, marital status and religion
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Names and occupations of witnesses

Death

  • Names of the deceased (sometimes names of deceased’s spouse and/or deceased’s parents were included)
  • Date of event
  • Place of event with house number
  • Name of deceased, gender and age
  • Cause of death
  • Religion

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Collection Content

Sample Images

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How Do I Search the Collection?

When searching it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's name
  • Age and or residence
  • An estimated event year
  • A parent's name

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age in the record to find an approximate birth year, which will help you find their other records.
  • Use the information to find your ancestors in civil records. There may not be census records available but these can help you find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found to find more generations of the family.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Consult the Austria Record Finder to find other records
  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals alternated between using first and middle names

Record Finder

Consult the Austria Record Finder Table to find other records

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 6 March 2018. Citing Katholische Kirchenbücher aus dem Diözese Gurk-Klagenfurt (Roman Catholic Diocese of Gurk in Carinthia), Austria.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.


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