Austria, Upper Austria, Linz Citizen Rolls (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Foreign Language Title

Austria, Oberösterreich, Linz Bürgerbücher

Collection Time Period

This collection of citizen records includes the years 1658-1937.

Record Description

This collection of citizen rrcords for the city of Linz may give the name, residence, age, occupation, and tax information for each citizen. Text is handwritten in German. Some documents are handwritten in ledger type format and others in narrative style. It also includes citizen land catasters (burgerkataster), tax invoices (rechnungen), orphan books (waisenbuch), list of proprietors (hauserverzeichnis), certificate of family origin (heimatschein).

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in citizen lists may include:

  • Date issued
  • Name of principal
  • Occupation
  • Marital status
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Physical description
  • Language that speaks

Key genealogical facts found in outstanding taxes may include:

  • Name of person
  • Marital status
  • Place of residence

Key genealogical facts found in citizenship oath of allegiance lists may include:

  • Name of person
  • Age or date of birth
  • Place of residence
  • Occupation
  • Signature of person swearing the oath
  • Name of representative if any

Key genealogical facts found in inheritance taxes may include:

  • Name of the deceased person
  • Names of heirs
  • Taxes information

How to Use This Collection

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Record History

This collection has a variety of legal records all relating, however, to citizen records of residence status, their property, their taxes, their heirs, etc.

Why This Record Was Created

These records were created to keep the identification of all citizens and those applying for citizenship and their property and  taxes.

Record Reliability

Citizen records are reliable, but have in mind that these do not have as much information as church and civil records. Use this records when vital information can’t be found elsewhere.

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Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

  • "Delaware Marriage Records," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 March 2011, entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
  • “El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch ([ : accessed 21 March 2011, entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.

Sources of Information for This Collection

Germany. Citizen books (Burgerbuch), 1658-1937. Upper Austria Regional Archive (Oberosterreichisches Landesarchiv), Linz, Austria.

Detailed instructions for adding citations are also listed in the wiki article: How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections