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=== Austria&nbsp;Beginners Corner Finding Your Ancestor in the Records <br> ===
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<br> Austria has no central register where you can find persons by name.
  
=== Before finding your ancestor in the records, you will need to know: ===
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== Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths ==
  
*The actual name of an ancestor
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Civil registration of birth, marriages and deaths was introduced in Austria in 1938 when Austria was annexed to Germany. For marriages before 1 July 1938 and births and deaths before 1 January 1939, church records should be searched.
*The date of birth, marriage, and death (can be estimated)
 
*The place of origin
 
*The religion of an ancestor
 
  
=== Find your ancestor in the records  ===
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See also: [[Austria Civil Registration]]
  
The best sources of genealogical information in the&nbsp;Austria are the church records kept by the local parishes. The Family History Library has microfilms of vital records from only a few&nbsp;communities and a&nbsp;large number of military records. Use the Family History Library Catalog to determine what records are available for the locality.
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== Church Records  ==
  
To find to which parish your ancestors belonged to click [http://www.genteam.at/ here]. You may use this gazetteer for free however you will have to register first.
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The various religious communities kept registers of births and/or baptisms, marriages and deaths and/or burials. The historical records are kept in the private archives of each religious community.  
  
Vital&nbsp;records from Niederösterreich, Oberösterreich and Vorarlberg&nbsp; were digitized and made available on the Internet:  
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Generally you have to know your ancestors' religious affiliation. The records of the Catholic Church are organised at the local level: you need to identify the relevant parish.
  
*[http://matricula.findbuch.net http://matricula.findbuch.net] (for Niederösterreich and&nbsp;Oberösterreich)
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The Family History Library has microfilms of vital records from only a few communities. Use the Family History Library Catalog to determine what records are available for the locality.  
*[http://www.vla.findbuch.net http://www.vla.findbuch.net] (for Vorarlberg)
 
  
=== &nbsp;Research by mail  ===
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A number of churches including the Roman Catholic and Evangelical churches have begun digitising their parish registers and publishing them online at:
  
If the records you want are not available through the Family History Library or online they may be still available in the parish or the diocese of that province. &nbsp;Please refer to the Letter Writing Guide for detailed information. Remember to enclose photocopies of any old documents or mementos that you may have.
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*[http://www.matricula-online.eu Matricula Online] for [[Lower Austria]] (Niederösterreich), [[Upper Austria]] (Oberösterreich) and [[Vienna]] (Wien);  
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*[http://www.vla.findbuch.net http://www.vla.findbuch.net] for Vorarlberg.
  
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== Research by mail  ==
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If the records you want are not available through the Family History Library or online they may be still available in the parish or the diocese of that province. Please refer to the Letter Writing Guide for detailed information. Remember to enclose photocopies of any old documents or mementos that you may have.
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Austria has no central register where you can find persons by name.

Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths

Civil registration of birth, marriages and deaths was introduced in Austria in 1938 when Austria was annexed to Germany. For marriages before 1 July 1938 and births and deaths before 1 January 1939, church records should be searched.

See also: Austria Civil Registration

Church Records

The various religious communities kept registers of births and/or baptisms, marriages and deaths and/or burials. The historical records are kept in the private archives of each religious community.

Generally you have to know your ancestors' religious affiliation. The records of the Catholic Church are organised at the local level: you need to identify the relevant parish.

The Family History Library has microfilms of vital records from only a few communities. Use the Family History Library Catalog to determine what records are available for the locality.

A number of churches including the Roman Catholic and Evangelical churches have begun digitising their parish registers and publishing them online at:


Research by mail

If the records you want are not available through the Family History Library or online they may be still available in the parish or the diocese of that province. Please refer to the Letter Writing Guide for detailed information. Remember to enclose photocopies of any old documents or mementos that you may have.