About this collection
This collection contains parish registers from numerous Catholic communities in the city Salzburg, Austria as well as numerous communities that today are part of the Austrian state of Salzburg. Salzburg, located about 80 miles southeast of Munich on the Salzach River, was made an Episcopal see in the year 696. Because of its saltworks and gold mining, it quickly developed into a significant trading center at the junction of important trade routes. One of the city's notable landmarks is the Hohensalzburg Castle. It is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe and, along with other magnificent 17th and 18th century buildings, characterizes the cityscape. Salzburg was the birthplace of famous 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for whom the city is also referred to as "Mozartstadt." The city is also known for its prominent Salzburg Festival. During the time period of this collection, Salzburg belonged to the Kingdom of Bavaria and to the German Empire.
The oldest church records in this collection date from the 17th century. Many registers date to the beginning of, or just before, the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648). These parish records primarily contain information about births and baptisms, marriages, and deaths and burials. The time periods covered by individual records sets vary. Selected records may also fall outside the general date range given.
What you can find in the records
The records are usually written out in narrative-style and, depending on their age, may be in Latin or German. Depending on the time period and on the individual formulations used, you may generally find the following details in these records:
- Child: Given Names, Birthdate, Baptism, Witnesses
- Parents: Given Names, Last Name, Residence
- Groom: Given Names, Last Name, Residence/Birthplace, Age, Parents' Details
- Bride: Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Residence/Birthplace, Age, Parents' Details
- Date and Place of Wedding
- Deceased: Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Age, Spouse/Parents, Death Date, Deathplace, Burial Date and Place
More about using this collection
Selected earlier records up to 1887 were indexed and are searchable using the search form. Later time periods can be selected and viewed using the "Browse this collection” box. The sequence of birth, marriage or death records may not be consistent.