Research Template Church Book Index

I have to admit that my research has been really unorganized in the beginning, but I guess I was overwhelmed by the available information. On the internet, I have found some research templates in the meantime for a better organization. However, none is fully practical for me. Therefore, I tried designing my own template.

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You can download the template here as PDF. This template is intended for the collection of entries of an index of a church book when searching for a particular surname. The template also includes a detailed explanation on the last page.

While I so far took note of all the entries on a piece of paper which I could not find any more months later, I now intend to keep this filled-in template and if I am researching a certain name/book for more details or for relatives of the persons in my family tree at a later point in time, I do not have to undertake the entire seaching again.(Although it can also be quite useful to start again from scratch, as it is always possible that I did not notice some relevant information the first time).

Anyway, I hope you find the template useful as well!

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Useful Links for Genealogical Research in Austria

When researching ancestors in Austria, the following links might prove extremely useful:

  • ICARUS/Matricula
    http://icar-us.eu/
    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
    http://www.familia-austria.at
    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
    http://www.genteam.at
    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
    http://anno.onb.ac.at
    ANNO is provided by the Austrian National Library. There, you can search online in historic newspapers.
  • Familysearch
    https://familysearch.org
    Family Search, the World’s leading organisation for genealogical research, provides also  a lot of documents and information relating to Austria.
  • myheritage
    https://www.myheritage.at
    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.