Search & Ask

If you need help and advice or if you simply need to post a query about your ancestors in Austria, please use these resources:




When researching in Austria, there are several courses of action that you could/should take:

 

  • The tradional, primary genealogical research

e.g. obtaining records of birth, marriage, death from the respective church (but to do this, you will generally have to know the exact parish), searching through archives and libraries, maybe also using LDS-FHC resources (rather limited for some parts of Austria), etc.

 

  • Internet-supported research

i.e. trying to find others that are researching the same family, trying to find records of the surname somewhere in the Internet, etc. The following is intended as a check list; give it a try:


See below for:

  • Surname Searches - genealogical databases, surname resources, etc.
  • Ships, Passenger Lists & Immigration - Ellis Island Online Database, Mailing Lists, etc.
  • Searching for Living Persons - phone directories, e-mail direcories, etc.
  • Austrian Surname Searches - Austria-specific records and directories, etc.

General Surname Searches

FamilySearch - one of the most comprehensive search sites in the world, by FHL-LDS (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

RootsWeb Searches including

MetaSearch, RootsWeb Message Board Search, WorldConnect (GEDCOM files), RSL Roots Surname List, etc.

GeneaNet Database - a large, free database of GEDCOM files with a user interface in many languages.

Ancestry.com provides access to vast volumes of information. The use of many resources require an Ancestry.com subscription.


Ships, Passenger Lists & Immigration - Ellis Island Online Database, Mailing Lists, etc.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. and the American Family Immigration History Center (AFIHC) located on Ellis Island.


Searching for Living Persons - phone directories, e-mail direcories, etc.

Austrian Phone Directory

Austrian Phone Directory is useful if you want to look up or validate surnames in today's Austria.

Austrian Surname Searches - Austria-specific records and directories, etc.

  • The AEIOU (no longer maintained) is an encyclopedia of Austria containing more than 14,000 keywords and 2000 pictures.Now replaced by: 
  • Austria-Forum (in German)
  • Austrian nobility: see the "Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels" published by the Starke Verlag. Search for surnames in their shop using the search facility ("Suchbegriff") [This site is in German]
  • GenTeam databases (more than 10 million records)