MyHeritage Adds Historical Record Collection From Vienna Free Access to Search; Adds 1 Million Norwegian Emigrant Registers Free to Search #announcements #austria-czech #records #scandinavia

Jan Meisels Allen



MyHeritage added Jewish Historical Records from Vienna in partnership with the National Library of Israel. MyHeritage is making this collection available free to search. However, if you want to view or save the records to your family tree or computer you will need a MyHeritage Data or Complete Plan subscription-both are paid subscriptions.


The collection contains 228,250 digitized Jewish immigrant applications from Vienna between World War l and World War ll, It offers an important glimpse into the lives of Austrian Jews at this pivotal moment in history and is exclusive to MyHeritage.  In May 1938, Jews living in Austria registered with the emigration department of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde (the Jewish community organization in Vienna) if they intended to leave the country and escape Nazi persecution.


The MyHeritage blog post says, “Each head of household had to fill out a detailed questionnaire, containing the following information: name of the applicant, address, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, nationality, residency status in Vienna and whether and how long the applicant resided elsewhere, information about the profession and the last-held professional position, any newly learned professions, language skills, economic situation and monthly income, and additional comprehensive information related to emigration… In addition to the information about the applicant, the questionnaires contain information about any dependents, including degree of relationship, name, places of birth, dates of birth, and occupation. In some cases, the questionnaires also provide information about the applicant’s parents.”


The forms often have supplemental documents which include letters, affidavits, official papers and correspondence as well as stamps and hand-written notes that were added as part of the file processing.


The emigration papers are part of the extensive communal archive of the Viennese Jewish Community that constitutes some of the holdings of the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) in Jerusalem.


To read more about this and see some examples of the types of records see MyHeritage’s blog:

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I usually only post about free access records. Since one may search free I am posting about this eventhough it requires a paid subscription to view or save the records.




For those with ancestry in Norway, MyHeritage added one million emigrant registers 1867-1973.

“This is a collection of records created between 1867 and 1973 by local police departments tasked to assist emigrants leaving Norway for foreign ports. Accordingly these records are sometimes referred to as the Norwegian Police Emigration Lists (Norwegian: Emigrasjonsprotokoll). In these records, for each emigrant, you will find his or her name, gender, departure date or year, last known residence, and other informational items depending on the time period including the emigrant’s birth date, marital status, declared destination, birth place, and ship or shipping line that were to transport them from Norway. Most of the ships during this time period operated as “feeder ships” which carried passengers to larger ports in Europe or the British Isles where the emigrant would transfer to other ships for their transoceanic voyage.”


Searching this collection on MyHeritage is free. To view these records or to save records to your family tree, you’ll need a Data or Complete plan, both are paid subscriptions.



I usually only post about free access records. Since one may search free I am posting about this eventhough it requires a paid subscription to view or save the records.


I have no affiliation with MyHeritage and am posting this solely for the information of the readers.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Thanks so much Jan for this post.
I found my dad's application from May 1938 while he was still in Wien before escaping to Bratislava and then to Eretz Israel in Nov 1938.
Very exciting!
He entered by mistake his DOB as May 1938, instead of May 1920...
But, though I have subscription I could download only the first page and not the complete application.
Melbourne, Australia

Researching (main surnames):

Odeda Zlotnick

Same for me: Only one page viewable and downloadable, of files that contain far more than one page.
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Jill Whitehead

I found records for all four members of the Dukes family who escaped Vienna in 1939 and then left for Surrey, UK where they lived in my house for the next 46 years. I also could only access the front page despite having a full My Heritage subscription. However, reading the small print they seem to expect you to have a Data Plan (whatever this is) in addition to the subscription, and this is not cheap. The subscription is already on the high side, and so asking for another fee to view documents is not welcome. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK 

Odeda Zlotnick

I contacted MyHeritage support - looks like they've fixed it.

And when you click on fullscreen, you can scroll through all pages - I had one dossieer with 23 pages I could scroll through all.

A second recommendation: search for all the names in each questionnaire - I've seen correspondence from a person mentioned on one questionnaire appear in the file for other family memebers.

Heartbreaking to see "We all want to leave together; as quicly as possible" when you know some of them eventually died in camps.

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.


I found records for my grandmother's uncle, Michael Rosenman, filling out paperwork for a branch of the family I know little about. The application was dated May 13, 1938; too late to be of much good, I'm afraid. I believe his son Egon was killed in the Holocaust a few years later. His wife was also dead by then, but I don't yet know how.

Thanks for sharing the word on this.
Joe Kraus


I would also like to add my thanks to Jan for this post.  I was able to find my mother's application for emigration from Vienna to England in June 1939.  She was able to successfully get to London in July. The comments by the interviewer provide a glimpse into how desperate life was at this time for both her and her father, a medical doctor, who was left behind then deported to Thereisenstadt in July 1942 where he perished in April 1943.

Ron Beugin
Calgary, Canada


I"m not a member of MyHeritage.  I wonder whether anyone would help me out to access records for my grandparents Berl Frankel and Roisa (Roza) Frankel and their 7 children.   

Thank you

George Frankel

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