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Title in the Language of the Record
Österreich Armee. Kärnten, Grundbuchblätter
The collection consists of Austrian personnel records giving details on the soldier's birth, enlistment, and military service. Includes the provinces of Austria as well as areas formerly part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire primarily Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and the Czech Republic. Additional records will be added as they are completed. Original records are housed in the Österreichisches Staatsarchiv, Vienna.
The text was handwritten in German. This collection of records is listed in alphabetical order by year and surname, which makes it easier to research. The records cover the years 1865-1892.
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In 1820, the regimental muster rolls (musterlisten), which contained basic information for each soldier, were replaced by formatted sheets (grundbuchsblatt) bound into books as a register (grundbuecher), then handled as loose sheets (grundbuchsblaetter). The documented registers were kept by the regiments and periodically sent to the central authority, the War Council Ministry of War, in Vienna for preservation.
The Austrian military system requires that all military personnel be registered with all personal and related information, which is kept in a personal file when the person is enlisted. Men exempt from military service included clergy, nobility, certain government officials, and workers employed in mining, iron production, and necessary agricultural occupations.
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The records may include the following information:
- Name of soldier or officer
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Name of regiment
- Date of service
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Since the records are listed in alphabetical order, using the records will be a matter of finding your ancestor name in the sheets, then extracting all the genealogical information found.
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
For Help Reading the Records
These records are in German. For help reading the records, see the following wiki article:
German Word List
- FEEFHS – An introduction to Austrian military records
- OESTA – Sources for genealogical research at the Austrian War Archives in Vienna
- Österreichisches Staatsarchiv
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- "Austria, Carinthia, Military Personnel Records, 1846-1897." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Österreich Armee. Kriegsarchiv, Vienna.
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