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Civil Registration (Zivilstandsregister)[edit | edit source]

Civil registration is births, marriages, marriage supplements, deaths, family registers kept by the government.

Time Coverage[edit | edit source]

  • Births and deaths began throughout on 1 January 1939. Civil registration of marriages started on 1 August 1938; however, marriages celebrated between 1 August 1938 and 31 December 1938 were conducted at regional district offices (Bezirkshauptmannschaften).
  • Civil registration began in Hungary in 1895 and those parts of the modern federal province of Burgenland which were then part of Hungary will have civil registration records.

Information Content[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

  • Name of child
  • Date and place of birth;
  • Names, residence, and occupation of parents.

Marriages[edit | edit source]

  • Names
  • Ages
  • Residences
  • Occupations of groom and bride;
  • Sometimes date and place of birth and/or ages,
  • Parents' names,
  • Date and place of marriage,
  • Residences, occupations, names of witnesses and officer who performed ceremony.

Marriage Supplements[edit | edit source]

  • Names of marriage partners,
  • Documents showing proofs of births, deaths, prior marriages or divorces, proclamations, contracts, etc.

Death Registers[edit | edit source]

  • Name,
  • Date and place of death
  • Occupation,
  • Name of surviving spouse,
  • Name and residence of informant,
  • Cause of death,
  • Sometimes date and place of birth, names of parents, names of children.

Accessing the Records[edit | edit source]

To obtain a certificate, you need to contact the registry office which registered the event. For Vienna only Municipal Department 35 provides the relevant service. To find an address for a local registry use the Austrian Government Help Portal.

References[edit | edit source]