When researching ancestors in Austria, the following links might prove extremely useful:
ICARUS is a non-profit association with more than 160 archives and similar institutions from more than 30 European countries, the USA and Canada as members.
They offer various online-sites. For starting research in Austria, the most important is “Matricula”. http://icar-us.eu/cooperation/online-portals/matricula
This site provides access to Austrian (and international) church books and is also available in English.
- Familia Austria
Familia Austria is an Austrian association aiming at promoting genealogy in the area of the former Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy.
Some information provided there is free, other is tied to a membership.
The site is in German, though.
GenTeam is a loose association of independent genealogists who cooperate to fill data bases. The site is free (registration required), it is however also in German.
- ANNO – AustriaN Newspapers Online
ANNO is provided by the Austrian National Library. There, you can search online in historic newspapers.
Family Search, the World’s leading organisation for genealogical research, provides also a lot of documents and information relating to Austria.
This data base requires payment, but there are quite a lot Austrian family trees online.
There are of course numerous other sources for information. However the ones listed above have proven to be the most helpful for starting research in Austria.
I will in due course provide help on how to use non-English sites.