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Title in the Language of the Records

Austria. Österreich Armee. Kärnten, Grundbuchblätter, 1865-1892

Record Description

This collection of Carinthia (Kärnten) military personnel records gives details on the soldier's birth, enlistment, and military service. These personnel background sheets include all soldiers and officers born within the state of Carinthia. 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.

For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

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 documentated registers were kept by the regiments and periodically sent to the central authority, the War Council Ministry of War, in Vienna for preservation.

Men exempt from military service included clergy, nobility, certain government officials, and workers employed in mining, iron production, and necessary agricultural occupations.

This collection of military records includes the years 1865-1892. 

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.

Military records are a reliable source for genealogical research in Austria.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records. 

Österreich Armee. Karnten Military Records. Österreichisches Staatsarchiv, Vienna, Austria.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in military records may include:

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  • Name of soldier or officer
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Religion
  • Occupation
  • Name of regiment
  • Date of service

How to Use the Record

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.

To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the “Record Type, Year” ⇒ Select the “Surname Range” ⇒ that 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, Carinthia, Military Personnel Records, 1846-1897” digital images, FamilySearch ( accessed 14 March 2012), Grundbuchblatter, 1846-1869, > A-K > Image 251 of 483 images > certificate number 1106,  Anton Haberl; citing  Austria. Österreich. Armee Grundbuchblätter: Bundesrepublik Österreich, 1865 - 1892. Österreichisches Staatsarchiv, Vienna, Austria


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