Source Information

Ancestry.com. Carinthia, Austria, Catholic Church Registers, 1614-1940 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2019.
Original data: Archiv der Diözese Gurk-Klagenfurt. Katholische Kirchenbücher. Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Österreich.

About Carinthia, Austria, Catholic Church Registers, 1614-1940

About this collection

This collection contains records and transcripts from numerous Catholic parishes in the Austrian federated state of Carinthia covering the years 1614 up to and including 1940.

Carinthia, whose capital is Klagenfurt, is the southernmost state of Austria. Its 174 mile southern frontier borders on Italy and Slovenia. Its western portion is characterized by the high mountains of the Eastern Alps. An important economic industry is winter tourism in ski areas and summer tourism especially to Carinthia's numerous lakes. The former Duchy of Carinthia, with a history long influenced by the Habsburg monarchy, belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1867 to 1918.

The oldest church records in this collection date from the 17th century. Some 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. Occasionally, Confirmation records and Family Registers are also included.

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
  • Date and Place of Wedding

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 Parish or Church desired. The sequence of birth, marriage or death records in the Church registers may not be consistent. Some congregations may have a separate register for each type of event (Birth, Marriage, Death) whereas others may record all events together chronologically in a single book.

The time periods associated with individual church registers are not currently included in the selection list.