GenTraveling in Austria


Hello GenTravelers!

Personally, I want to visit Austria, just to see views such as this one above!  BUT, just to stay on topic,  this blog post will explain why you may want to visit Austria, even if you don’t think you have Austrian roots.  From Richard Camaur’s article, “Searching Austrian military records” in the 2007 October- December NGS NewsMagazine, we learn that since Austria-Hungary dominated Central Europe until the end of World War I, there’s a chance your ancestors could be in Austrian military records if you’ve traced your family to such countries as the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, and parts of Poland.

Camaur writes that, “Military records relating to the soldiers and sailors who served in the armed forces of the Dual Monarchy…provide genealogical information that may not be otherwise available…”

“Such records are often found in four places: state archives, provincial archives, municipal archives, and personal holdings.”

“…a young soldier, recruited during the first half of the eighteenth century, might have served in the Austrian Netherlands (modern Belgium). Upon discharge, that soldier may have elected not to travel back to his ancestral home….; instead he might have remained at the place of his discharge, marry, have children, and die there.”

In the article, Camaur continues to give details of the military records that are available and what genealogical golden nuggets you could find in them.  If you have Central European ancestry, visiting Austria and searching through military records in the local archives might be just what you need to take a step back (on your pedigree chart, of course).


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2 thoughts on “GenTraveling in Austria

  1. Back in September 1988, I was fortunate enough to travel to Salzburg and Vienna Austria, Munich and Augsburg Germany, Prague in Czechoslovakia (which is now Czech Republic) and Budapest, Hungary for 3 week trip I will never forget! Back in the days before digital cameras, I carried a Canon 50 mm and forgot my flash attachment – – but I snapped left and right, and ended up coming home with 20 rolls of film to develop! It was worth it just to have these images to remind me of all the wonderful sights I experienced there! Here is a small gallery I posted in my blog a few years back that also includes a couple photos from my trip to Toronto in 1989.

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    • I went over to take a peak — awesome photos! If you don’t mind, i’ll probably link up again in an upcoming “Friday Finds” post, since not everyone reads all the comments. Thanks!


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