Source Information

Ancestry.com. Vienna, Austria, Catholic Church Registers, 1600-1960 [database on-line]. Lehi, Utah, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2019.
Original data: Archiv der Erzdiözese WienKatholische Kirchenbücher. WienÖsterreich.

About Vienna, Austria, Catholic Church Registers, 1600-1960

About this collection

This collection contains parish registers from numerous Catholic communities in Vienna, Austria and from the wine regions north of Vienna and industrial areas to the south. It covers the years from 1600 up to and including 1960. Vienna is located on the Danube river and is Austria's capital and most the most populous city. The first traces of settlement there date back to the Stone Age. The city was first mentioned in the Middle Ages in documents dating to the year 881. The history of Vienna was long shaped by the Habsburg monarchy, serving heads of state as the imperial capital and residence for many years.

The oldest church records in this collection date from the 17th century. Some registers date to, or just before, the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648). The majority are from the 18th and 19th centuries. These parish records primarily contain information about births and baptisms, marriages, and deaths and burials. The time periods covered by individual records sets vary.

What you can find in the records

In early Church registers, the records are largely written in Latin. Later records were kept in German. Depending on the time period and on the individual formulations used, you may generally find the following details in these records:

For Births:

  • Child: Given Names, Birthdate, Baptism, Witnesses
  • Parents: Given Names, Mother's Maiden Name, Parents' residence

For Marriages:

  • Groom: Given Names, Last Name, Residence/Birthplace, Age, Parents' Details
  • Bride: Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Residence/Birthplace, Age, Parents' Details and Marriage Place and Date

For Deaths:

  • Deceased: Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Age, Spouse/Parents, Death Date, Deathplace, Burial Date and Place

More about using this collection

Under "Browse this collection,” select the District, Parish and Year Range for the desired records. The sequence of birth, marriage or death records may not be consistent.