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Military Records

EEG publication Spring 2003 article by Karen Hobbs Austrian Military Records: Determining the Recruiting Regiment. Includes instructions, info, maps and charts to help you. Order from EEG or it may be available here.

Article by Steven Blodgett see GGD publication #12, Oct. 1997 Research in Military Records of the Austrian Empire. A similar article at feefhs.org/journal/9/blodgett.pdf

The Slovakia Genealogy Society has a comprehensive article covering all of the Austro-Hungary Empire by Carl Kotlarchik titled "Guide for Locating Military Records."

PolishRoots, "The Polish Genealogy Source" has an article called Austrian Military Recruitment within Galicia at www.polishroots.org/Research/Galician_records/austrian_recruit/tabid/204/Default.aspx
The location index is at: Dislokations-Verzeichnis des k.u.k. Heeres und der k.u.k. Marine, 1649-1914 / Otto Kasperkovitz, 1969. 320 p. (LDS Family History Library Film # 1186632 item 1).

A detailed web page on Austro-Hungarian Land Forces 1914-1918 at http://www.austro-hungarian-army.co.uk/

WW I – German Casualty Lists

Most of the records of German casualties in World War I were lost during allied bombing in 1945 however "Verein für Computergenealogie" (Society for Computer Genealogy) has discovered casualty lists which have become among the most important surviving resources about German soldiers during the 1st World War. There are over 8.5 million records that can be searched. Their website about these casualty lists is at http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Verlustlisten_Erster_Weltkrieg/Projekt (in German) but the search page at http://des.genealogy.net/eingabe-verlustlisten/search is mostly in English. These list are of interest to GGD members because German casualties in these lists are reported over the entire area where German soldiers fought during WW I including Austria, Poland and Russia. Each event is recorded so an individual could be recorded multiple times like one soldier could be missing, then wounded and then lost/died. This site will also search for village names just by typing in a village name either for Germany or Galicia.

The search box contains:
“Last name”
“First Name”
“Ort” – birthplace
“Liste” – Casualty list number
“Reg.o.ã” – regiment or similar military unit
Wildcards (*) can be used with names. However, if the name being entered has ã, ō, ü or β, it is suggested one also search “a” and “ae” or “ss” variants. The Casualty List is printed in German Gothic typeface. Some of the terminology used includes:
Schwer verwundet - seriously wounded
Leicht verwundet - slightly wounded
Vermiβ - missing
Schw. v.u. vermin - wounded & missing
Gefallen - killed
l.verw. In Gefgsch. - Slightly wounded in prison camp
tōdlich verunglückt - fatal accident


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