JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Kriegsarchiv, Vienna holdings of military records {was: Translation request German to English} #general

Celia Male <celiamale@...>

Errol Schneegurt >from NY sent in a translation request for this Viewmate and
asked for a private reply. I have answered it many times on the Austria-Czech
SIG, the Discussion Group, the Galicia SIG and JRI-Pl but people do not seem to
believe me - but here it is - straight >from the archive's mouth:

Errol had asked for military records of Herman {Herschel} EYSIK 1865/1889
serving in Tarnopol, Galicia. The answer is so important that I will summarise
it on list: " The Kriegsarchiv, Vienna [Military Archive] today only holds
records of soldiers ***born within*** the political borders of ***modern

Following the collapse of the Habsburg Empire in 1918, the Treaty of St
Germain, at the end of WW1 {1919}, dictated that all other records should be
returned to their successor states {of origin}. Thus these military records of
soldiers {1850-1900} in the Habsburg armies are no longer held in the
Kriegsarchiv in Vienna. Most of the old records were lost, especially the
Galician records [Polish/Ukrainian].

If however the person was born before 1850, the FHC Utah may have data on their
microfilm collection "Grundbuchsblatter der K & K Infanterie-regiments No 15."

I would like to comment on the dates 1850-1900, as given above. That does not
mean that you will find records of "successor states" soldiers serving in WW1
in the Kriegsarchiv, Vienna. The dates refer to dates of birth. Thus any
soldier born after 1900 is unlikely to have served in WW1.

Celia Male [U.K.]

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