Austria, Upper Austria, Wels, Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Title in the Language of the Record
Österreich, Oberösterreich, Wels, Volkszählungen, Verlassenschaften und Zunftbücher, 1613-1900
What is in the Collection?
These records are written in German.
The collection consists of several record sets from Wels, Upper Austria. It will include census records, guild records, and probate records for the city of Wels. The census records give the name of the homeowner, head of household, wife, children, ages, and occupations. The guild records are limited to the toolmakers and carpenters. The original records are located in the Wels City Archives, Austria.
To Browse this Collection
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- Name of the homeowner
- Name of head of household
- Names of family members
- Place of birth (sometimes)
More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Austria, Upper Austria, Wels, Census Records, 1613-1900. Click on camera icon to see images.
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know the name and some other identifying information such as age and occupation.
To search the collection image by image:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Quellengattung, Zeitraum, und Bandnummer" (record type, years and number) which takes you to the images.
Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
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, 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.
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life (for example: they may have gone by their middle name).
- Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
- Search the records of nearby counties places (for example: Linz).
For Help Reading the Records
These records are in German. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
How You Can Contribute
We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.
Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.
Citing this Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "Österreich, Oberösterreich, Wels, Volkszählungen, Verlassenschaften und Zunftbücher 1613-1900." Images. FamilySearch. https://familysearch.org : accessed 2017. Stadtarchiv Wels (Wels City Archives).
The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Austria, Upper Austria, W...Census Records, 1613-1900.