Austria Evangelical-Lutheran Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Austria, Evangelical-Lutheran Church Records, 1848-1900
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|Evangelischer Oberkirchenrat AB|
- 1 Title in the Language of the Record
- 2 What is in This Collection?
- 3 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 4 Collection History
- 5 Collection Content
- 6 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 7 What Do I Do Next?
- 8 Citing This Collection
- 9 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
Title in the Language of the Record
Österreich, Evangelische Kirchenurkunden
What is in This Collection?
The collection consists of church book duplicates from the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession in Austria (Evangelische Kirche Augsburgischen Bekenntnisses in Österreich) and records from 1848 to 1900. The collection also includes records from the parishes of the Evangelical Church of the Helvetic Confession (Evangelische Kirche Helvetisches Bekenntnisses in Österreich). Original records are located in the Evangelischer Oberkirchenrat A.u.H.B., Vienna.
The collection includes records such as: Taufen (baptism), Trauungen (marriage), Sterben (death or burial), Toten (death or burial), Taufregister (baptismal index), Trauungsregister (marriage index), and Sterberegister (death or burial index). The text of the records is in German. In the “Description,” a two-letter abbreviation is listed (either AB or HB). AB refers to Evangelisch (Lutheran). HB refers to Evangelisch Reformiert (Reformed Lutheran (Swiss)). In the records, the abbreviation AB follows the city name.
For a list of localities currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
Reading These Records
For help reading these German records see the following guides:
- German Language and Languages
- German Genealogical Word List
- Germany Handwriting
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To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Austria, Evangelical-Lutheran Church Records, 1848-1900.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
These records may include:
Birth or Baptism Records
Death and Burial Records
There are two different Evangelical churches in Austria. One belongs to the Lutheran tradition and is called the Lutheran Church A.B. (Augsburg Confession); the other one is part of the Reformed Lutheran Tradition and is marked by the label, H.B. (Helvetic, meaning the Swiss Confession). The combined membership of the Lutheran churches in Austria make up close to 5% of the total Austrian population. The Lutheran Church has approximately 356,500 members; the Reformed Lutheran Church has approximately 19,500 members.
The church books stored at the archive in Vienna are duplicates of the originals. The originals are still in parishes around the country. Often the originals include records for earlier years than the duplicates because the order to duplicate the church books was not given until 1848.
Church records were created to record church sacraments associated with the life events of the parishioners, such as baptism, marriage, and burial. This collection of church books is a reliable and accurate source for genealogical research. Accuracy in the records for such information as dates, ages, and places is dependent upon the accuracy of the person giving the information and the accuracy of the recording by the ecclesiastical.
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- given name
- Age or birth date
View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select Browse
- Select Place
- Select Event type
- Select Year Range to view the images.
More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Austria Evangelical-Lutheran Church Records, 1848-1900. Some catalog records link to multiple digital image records. In this case, click on a digital image record to find a camera icon to see images.
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. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the age in the record to find an approximate birth year
- Use all the information to help you find other records such as birth, death, church and civil records such as censuses. These can help you find additional family members
- Use the father’s occupation to find employment or military records
- Use the parents’ places of origin to find former residences and establish a migration pattern for the family
- Use the couple’s marriage date and place to find records of their children
- Use the burial place to help you identify their migration pattern
- Use the surname to compile baptism entries for each child and sort them into families based on the names of the parents
- 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?
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 went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Consult the Austria Record Finder 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, Evangelical-Lutheran Church Records, 1848-1900" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Evangelisches Kirchenamt, Wien (Evangelical Church Office, Vienna).
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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