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Österreich Armee. Kärnten, Grundbuchblätter
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. 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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- 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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