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Response to inquiries in writing

To the extent that this is possible, the departments of the Austrian State Archives will respond to inquiries made in writing. They will inform you of the holdings in which material is or could be available regarding the matter on hand.

Anfragenrecherche an Hand von Archivalien und Anfragenbeantwortung

General guidance concerning “the type, scope, state and usability of the archival units required“ (Benutzungsordnung Punkt IX, 3) is free of charge.

Although ours is the age of digitalisation and online database, archival records are normally used by personal access (Bundesarchivgesetz § 9 [5]).

Research subject to a charge by employees of the Austrian State Archives

In addition to providing archive- and record-related basic information, the departments of the Austrian State Archives also do specific research for content in their holdings if their regular workload allows for this.

Research work of this kind mainly concerns person-related research (family research) and covers related archival records (personal files, personnel files or person-related current records).

For searches to be targeted, basic data concerning the person or subject matter on hand are required.

Research work by employees of the Austrian State Archives are subject to a charge. The handling fee amounts to € 37 per half hour begun.

Your request for research should be sent to the Austrian State Archives by post, fax or email or may be handed in personally in the reading room; the archive department in charge will then process it.

For communicating the basis information which you already have at your disposal, please use the following application forms:

Application for research (PDF 80 kB),
general form, for all departments of the Austrian State Archives,

Application for person-related research in the Kriegsarchiv (PDF 85 kB)
specially addressed to the department “Kriegsarchiv” and pertaining to the period from 1740 to 1918,

You will then receive an “Offer to do research” including a cost estimate based on the expected time to be expended.

Please note that you are obliged to pay the charge even if the outcome of your research commission is negative or does not live up to your expectations.

Research by third parties

For further extensive research you are not able or willing to do on your own, you may want to use the services of free-lance genealogists or historians. They can do research in Vienna’s archives and libraries on your behalf for a fee.