Austria, Vienna Population Cards - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Foreign Language Title
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Österreich, Wien, Meldzettel, 1850-1898

Collection Time Period
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These cards represent residence registrations from 1890 until 1928 with most cards dating between 1910 and 1925. Although the registrations took place during this range, the birth dates recorded in the registrations can date back several previous decades.

Record Description
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The cards include name, birth date and place, marital status, old and new places of residence, dates of arrival and departure. Occasionally the name of spouse and children are listed. Most records range from 1890 to 1925. Many people from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Eastern Europe passed through Vienna and are included on these cards. All the forms are in German and the majority of the names are in German, however, because Vienna was the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire some names are written in the languages of the Empire. The records were in a generally good state of preservation at the time that they were microfilmed from 1981-1995. This collection contains 3.8 million hand written entries recorded on pre-printed cards.

Record Content
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Vienna Population Cards contain the following genealogical facts:

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  • District and street address
  • Name of the individual registering
  • Occupation
  • Place and country of birth
  • Home town and home country
  • Birth date, religion, and marital status
  • Name(s) and age(s) of spouse and children
  • Previous residence
  • Date of the registration
  • Date of departure
  • Departure destination

How to Use the Records[edit | edit source]

Use the date and place of birth or marriage to locate christening or marriage records in church records.

Record History
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The registration of Vienna residents began in the middle of the 15th century. The city was divided into 8 districts around 1850. Between 1850 and 1904 these 8 were subdivided and supplemented bringing the number of districts to 21. The Zentralmeldeamt (central registration office) was created in 1889 and associated with the Vienna police department. The cards cover most of the population of Vienna.

Why This Collection Was Created?[edit | edit source]

This type of registration informed the government of who was in the city of Vienna and where they resided within the city.

Record Reliability[edit | edit source]

These are generally very reliable records, being information directly reported by residents about themselves and their families.

Related Web Sites[edit | edit source]

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Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]

Austria Vienna Population Registers

Known Issues for this Collection[edit | edit source]

Patrons are not able to access some of the images in this collection due to privacy issues.  Click here to see a full explanaton of the issues and a list of affected localities. 

Contributions to This Article[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records/Guidelines for Articles.


Sources of information for This Collection
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"Austria, Vienna Population Cards, 1850-1928", database, FamilySearch (, 2009; from Stadt- und Landesarchiv Wien, Austria. "Austria, Vienna population cards, 1850-1928", Stadt- und Landesarchiv Wien, Austria. FHL microfilm, 3171 reels.  Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

This publication is a cooperation with the Vienna City and Provincial Archives.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections[edit | edit source]

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Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection[edit | edit source]

"Austria, Vienna Population Cards, 1860-1895."  index and images, FamilySearch ( accessed March 17, 2011). entry for  Karl Austingel. born 4 November 1881; citing Population Cards. FHL microilm 4,372,226; Stadt-und Landesarchiv Wien, Austria. This publication is a Cooperation with the Vienna City and Provincial Archives.