Obtaining Copies of Records
Recent records (post 1938) are maintained by the civil authorities. See:
Civil Status Documents
Establish the person's religion. All pre-1938 records are held by the
Detailed information about ealiest baptism, marriage and death records in the individual parishes can be found in reference books such as
Handy Guide To Austrian Genealogical Records by Dagmar Senekovic
(published 1979 by Everton Publishers, Inc.).
A number of useful publications are also available from
database (free; more than 18 million records per March 2018).
provides online access to church registers (mostly books of birth, marriage and death) from various European countries (currently Austria, Germany, Poland and Serbia).
Explanation of various abbreviations
(Tom., fol., pag. und RZ. , etc,)
If your are interested in historic documents, try
- a virtual archive that lets you access a content of more than 500,000 primary sources from more than 100 European archives.
Personal visits to the parishes and/or snail mail enquiries are sometimes the best solutions; see
tips & advice
If the person served in the military, try the
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