Getting started with Austrian research
Austria is landlocked and in a strategic location at the crossroads of central Europe with many easily traversable Alpine passes and valleys. The major river is the Danube.
The boundaries of Austria have changed over time. Your ancestor may have said he was from Austria, but actually he may have come from any of the countries that once belonged to the Hapbsburg Monarchy or Austro-Hungarian Empire. Read More
Provinces of modern Austria
Austrian Empire and Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (till 1918)
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The Hapsburg Empire was once so large that Charles V was able to boast: "In my Empire the sun never sets."
As a result of wars and political realignments, the internal and external boundaries of Austria have changed several times. A Web site that discusses the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (with maps, lists, etc.) ... Read More
FamilySearch Historical Record Collections
Online collections containing these records are located in FamilySearch. org.
Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:
Austria Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Austria Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Austria Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)