“Sources for Genealogical Research at the Austrian War Archives in Vienna” (©Christoph Tepperberg, Kriegsarchiv Wien)
In our continued efforts to bring you some of the more best genealogical resources from around the world Onward To Our Past® is pleased to announce the availability of the new ebook written by the Director of the Austrian War Archives in Vienna, Christoph Tepperberg.
Thanks to Director Tepperberg, Onward To Our Past® has received permission to provide his newest book “Sources for Genealogical Research at the Austrian War Archives in Vienna” right here for your genealogy researching pleasure and ease.
To access this copyright work you simply need on Austrian War Archives research aid by Tepperberg and you are all set!
Military records can be a huge asset in our genealogy and family history work. It is terrific to have Director Tepperberg take note of this and write this book on the genealogical uses and aspects of ‘his’ archives.
With the military, economic, and political power wielded by the Austrian Empire, it is easy to understand the importance and size of this incredible set of holdings in Vienna. Director Tepperberg notes if you laid their record boxes end-to-end they would stretch for some 30 miles! This Archives is ranked as one of the most important military archives in the world.
The holdings reach back all the way to the creation of the archives in 1711. That is 304 years ago. Nicely for genealogists, the records held are both military unit records AND personnel records!
This book consists of five chapters as follows:
- History and relevance to genealogy of the Vienna War Archives
- Sources held at the Archives
- Using the Archives
- Relevant Publications
- Sources for genealogical research in other archives and institutions
You can see just by the chapter topics this is a wonderful and useful resource. Especially when you consider, as Director Tepperberg states “Practically all families in Old Austria nd Hungary were somehow affected by military service of one or more of their members…” and continues with “Usually, to carry out research about a person, you will need this person’s family and first names, year and place of birth and/or home town…”
While military unit information goes back farther, actually personnel records “only start in 1740”. There are also some regimental church registers, which go back to the 17th Century.
Director Tepperberg points out that as with almost all military records there are differences in how records differ according to rank. However, to give you an idea of the volume of records, there are over 17,000 boxes of Basic Service Sheets covering soldiers with birth years from ca. 1790-1900.
There are also hospital sheets, casualty sheets. Casualty lists by unit, burial records for war graves, war decorations, military judicial records, NCO certificates (after 12 years of service, non-commissioned officers with excellent conduct could claim a civil service job), conduct evaluations, recruitment records, and more.
There is also a chapter on using the Archives, hours, costs, etc., which is very useful for those being able to visit as well as those of us who would need to correspond for research.
There are dozens of reference materials listed for further research if you are interested as well.
Chapter 5 will undoubtedly be of great use to many as it lists the sources of genealogical research in other archives and institutions in Austria as well as in the ‘successor states’ to the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy which includes: some provinces of the Monarchy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Romania.
Take a look at this fabulous reference book and see where it might take your research!
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