Trying to get record of death from Vienna, 1941 #austria-czech #records


m.rind@...
 

I am trying to learn the cause of death of a certain relative who died in Vienna in 1941. I have his name, the date of death, the name and number of the registry office in which his death was recorded (Währing, no. 28), and even a five-digit number that I think is the number of the death certificate. I sent a message to the Viennese registry office into which the former pertinent registry office has been absorbed to ask how I can get an image of the death certificate, and I got the answer that they cannot send me an image and that I must go the Austrian embassy to request a copy. Does anyone know of an easier way to get the information that I am seeking? Must I, or some paid agent of mine, go either to the embassy in DC or to the registry office in Vienna just to see the record of death? Looking through the Web site of the City of Vienna, I was led to a page that states in detail the information available at the pertinent registry office: the page has a link at the bottom that says "Link for document"; but the link merely returns me to the same page.
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Miles Rind
Cambridge, Mass.


Veronica Zundel
 

I would be interested in this too, as I would like to see a death record of my birth grandmother Etie Horoschowska who died in the Spanish flu epidemic, I believe in 1919.
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Veronica Zundel, London
Searching descendants of Josef Jakob Horoschowski b. 1905 Drohobych


m.rind@...
 

Veronica, I have received replies privately that have led me down two roads of inquiry.

(1) One was to write to my local Austrian consulate. The consulate sent me PDFs for applying to the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and Foreign Affairs (Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten) in Vienna for a copy of the death certificate. If I have interpreted the instructions correctly, the fee is only 14.90 euros, though bank transfer fees are an additional cost. I don't know, though, whether you can get a certificate without specifying a date of death.

(2) The suggestion of an informant led me to the index of death records (Totenverzeichnisse) of the City Archive of Vienna from 1868 to 1942 at the Family Search Web site. I found the index entry for the death of my cousin there: it tells me where he died, but not the cause of death, though some entries do provide that information. However, without an exact date of death, you may have to search by eye through dozens or hundreds of images to find the record of your grandmother. Even with an exact date of death, I had to look through several pages, because the deaths are recorded somewhat haphazardly, apparently according to whenever the news reached the office.

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Miles Rind
Cambridge, Mass.


m.rind@...
 

Update: Veronica, the following compendium of records was not useful to me, as the death that I was looking for occurred after 1920, but it should be very useful to you, as it contains more information and has a less haphazard ordering of records: Wien, Stadt- und Landesarchiv, Sterberegister, 1648-1920 (at Family Search)

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Miles Rind
Cambridge, Mass.