Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537-1920 is a free collection at FamilySearch with more than 8 million browsable images of court records and feudal documents throughout Austria. These may include all types of legal matters ranging from complaints & criminal proceedings to land, orphans, and civil matters.

 
 
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The images are handwritten in German and FamilySearch provides the following German language helps.

 
 
[su_heading size=”20″]What Can I Learn from these Records? [/su_heading]

These records may contain:
 
Marriage contract

  • Date of marriage contract
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Place of event
  • Fiscal considerations

 
Wills or estate inventory

  • Date of death
  • Place of residence
  • Name of the deceased person
  • Names of the surviving spouse, children, and in-laws
  • Ages of all involved
  • Settlement of the fiscal account

 
Real property

  • Date of the business transaction
  • Names of the grantors and grantees
  • Place of the property
  • Settlement of the fiscal account

 
Land registers (Grundbuch)

  • Names of the sequential property owners
  • Place of the property
  • Dates
  • Tax payments and fiscal data

 

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