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Title in the Language of the Record
Österreich, Evangelische Kirchenurkunden
This Collection will include records from 1848 to 1900.
The collection consists of church book duplicates from the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession in Austria (Evangelische Kirche Augsburgischen Bekenntnisses in Österreich). Also includes records from the parishes of the Evangelical Church of the Helvetic Confession (Evangelische Kirche Helvetisches Bekenntnisses in Österreich). Original records are located in the Evangelischer Oberkirchenrat A.u.H.B., Vienna.
The collection includes records such as: Taufen (baptism), Trauungen (marriage), Sterben (death or burial), Toten (death or burial), Taufregister (baptismal index), Trauungsregister (marriage index), and Sterberegister (death or burial index). The text of the records is in German. In the “Description,” a two-letter abbreviation is listed (either AB or HB). AB refers to Evangelisch (Luthern). HB refers to Evangelisch Reformiert (Reformed Luthern(Swiss)). In the records, the abbreviation AB follows the city name.
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General Information About These Records
There are two different Evangelical churches in Austria. One belongs to the Lutheran tradition and is called the Luthern Church A.B. (Augsburg Confession); the other one is part of the Reformed Luthern Tradition and is marked by the label, H.B. (Helvetic, meaning the Swiss Confession). The combined membership of the Luthern churches in Austria make up close to 5% of the total Austrian population. The Lutheran Church has approximately 356,500 members; the Reformed Lutheran Church has approximately 19,500 members.
The church books stored at the archive in Vienna are duplicates of the originals. The originals are still in parishes around the country. Often the originals include records for earlier years than the duplicates because the order to duplicate the church books was not given until 1848.
Church records were created to record church sacraments associated with the life events of the parishioners, such as baptism, marriage, and burial. This collection of church books is a reliable and accurate source for genealogical research. Accuracy in the records for such information as dates, ages, and places is dependent upon the accuracy of the person giving the information and the accuracy of the recording by the ecclesiastical
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "Austria, Evangelical-Lutheran Church Records, 1848-1900" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Evangelisches Kirchenamt, Vienna.
These birth or baptism records usually include the following information:
- Name of baptized child
- Date and place of birth
- Date of baptism and location
- Parents' names, status, place of birth, religion
- Names of godparents
- Whether child was legitimate or illegitimate or stillborn
- Additional remarks
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⇒ Select the “Zeitraum” which takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
- “Austria, Evangelical-Lutheran Church Records, 1848-1900,” digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 14 March 2012), Baden > Taufen > 1895-1900 > Image 50 of 63 > record number 22, entry for Brunhilde Kunigunde Kraupa; citing Pfarrmatrikeln-Duplikate 1848-1900. Evangelische Kirche Österreich Kirchenamt AB, Wien, Austria.