This collection contains records and transcripts from numerous Catholic parishes in the Austrian federated state of Styria covering the years 1614 up to and including 1938.
Graz is the capital of Styria which is the second largest federal state in Austria. With its extensive forests, meadows, pastures, orchards and vineyards, it is known as "The Green Heart of Austria". Its southern border with Slovenia stretches 90 miles. Formerly, its area was part of the larger Duchy of Styria, which belonged initially to the Austrian Empire and, from 1867 to 1918, to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The duchy also included the region of Lower Styria that is now part of Slovenia. The inhabitants of the Austrian state are called Styrians and have a history long influenced by the Habsburg monarchy.
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:
- Child: Given Names, Birthdate, Baptism, Witnesses
- Parents: Given Names, Mother's Maiden Name, Parents' 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
Under "Browse this collection,” you can first select a range of cities (sorted alphabetically), and then the pertinent city, part of a city, or parish from the list displayed. 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.
Occasionally "Pt1,” "Pt2” etc. is added after a city or parish name, meaning "Part 1,” "Part 2” etcetera. This is the case primarily for larger congregations or for those where there is a longer gap in time between the individual church registers. The time periods associated with individual church registers are not currently included in the selection list.