Essay: The Keeping of Church Registers in Austria

The following announcement was written by Felix Gundacker and is republished here with his permission:

Vienna, April 21st, 2019

Dear researchers,

After numerous requests, my essay on the keeping of church registers in Austria which was published in October 2018 is now also available in English and can be downloaded for free.

This essay deals with the evolution of church register keeping starting prior to the Council of Trent (1545-1563), it presents ordinances and regulations issued by Maria Theresia and Joseph II which have partly never been published before, and leads up to later important developments. The explanations are supplemented with quotes of patents and ordinances.

Essay, 20 pages
Free download:

Translated by Gabi Rudinger, Freelance Translator

With best regards,
Felix Gundacker


Only regret – not fully translated to English as I have interests in German speaking Roman Catholic parishes of the Banat which was originally ruled from Austria.


The Banat records I have gotten were from Family Search and they were written in tables and quite easy to get the information from even though I don’t have any German


Oops the film I used was 085367


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