Source Information Salzburg, Austria, Catholic Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1600-1930 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.
Original data: Archiv der Erzdiözese Salzburg. Katholische Kirchenbücher. Salzburg, Österreich.

About Salzburg, Austria, Catholic Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1600-1930

About the Salzburg, Austria, Catholic Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1600-1930

General collection information

This collection contains registers from Catholic parishes in the city of Salzburg, Austria, and numerous communities that today are part of the Austrian state of Salzburg. These parish records contain information about births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials. The time periods covered by individual record sets vary. Selected records may also fall outside the general date range given. Depending on their age, the register entries may be written in Latin or German.

Using this collection

The following information may be found in the registers:

  • Name
  • Residence
  • Age at event
  • Names of parents
  • Date and place of birth
  • Baptism details
  • Bride's maiden name
  • Details about spouse
  • Date and place of wedding
  • Date and place of death and burial
  • Most baptisms occur shortly after birth, but some parishioners may have been baptized as adults if they converted to Catholicism.

    If you don't speak German, knowing a few common words can aid in your search:

  • Getauft is German for "baptized."
  • Geburt is German for "birth."
  • Ehe is German for "marriage."
  • Tod is German for "death."
  • Tochter von is German for "daughter of."
  • Sohn von is German for "son of."
  • Mutter is German for "mother."
  • Vater is German for "father."
  • Ehefrau is German for "wife."
  • Ehemann is German for "husband."
  • Knowing some common Latin phrases will help you to explore these records:

  • Nomen is Latin for "name."
  • Renatus est is Latin for "was baptized" or "reborn."
  • Natus est is Latin for "was born."
  • Conjuncti sunt is Latin for "were married." Copulati sunt or intronizati sunt may also be used.
  • Mortuus est is Latin for "died." Obitus est, defunctus est, or denatus est may also be used.
  • Filia is Latin for "daughter."
  • Filius is Latin for "son."
  • Mater is Latin for "mother."
  • Pater is Latin for "father."
  • Uxor is Latin for "wife."
  • Vir is Latin for "husband."
  • Church registers offer the possibility of tracing milestones in an ancestor's life from birth to death, especially if they attended the same church for a long time. Church documents can also provide insights into the movement of an ancestor who was born in one place and then married or died somewhere else.

    Collection in context

    These registers were created by officials of various Catholic churches in Salzburg and its surrounding area. The collection contains images of the registers in their original form, making them high quality primary sources. The original books are housed at the Archive of the Archdiocese of Salzburg.

    The Catholic church began recording marriages in 1564 by decree of the Council of Trent. Baptisms and deaths were recorded starting in 1614.

    Salzburg is located about 80 miles southeast of Munich, Germany, on the Salzach River. The city developed into a significant trading center at the junction of important trade routes that thrived during the 17th and 18th centuries.


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    University of Southern California. "Research Guides: Evaluating Primary Sources." Accessed March 22, 2022. "Salzburg's History: Coming a Long Way." Accessed March 22, 2022.