Galician Military Records photographed by the LDS
- From: tfweiss@xxxxxxx (Thomas Weiss)
- Date: 11 Feb 2012 07:29:42 -0800
Dear Fellow JGenners,
It had been widely assumed that the military records of Galician soldiers
serving in the Austro-Hungarian Army were sent to the successor states at
the end of World War I and then lost. In fact, the War Archives in Vienna
has the following statement on its website.
"Galicia: Registration sheets of officers who joined the Polish army in 1918.
Most of the registration sheets of draftees from Galicia (Southern Poland,
Western Ukraine) has been destroyed (Centralne Archivwum Wojskowe,
PL-00910 Warszawa-Rembertow)" from
Thus I was very surprised by Alex Feller's post on November 26, 2011, which
is as follows.
"The Family History Library has microfilms of military records for various
towns in Galicia from the period of 1865- 1930. The originals are located
in fond 780 at the Central State Historical Archives in Lviv, Ukraine. The
link to this record group on the FHL website is
I found the above note from Alex encouraging and have investigated the 8 films
in the collection that is listed as corresponding to surnames beginning with
the letter F.
Here are my general conclusions:
(1) The film notes do not indicate what is covered by each film.
(2) Each film is organized in labeled sections, i.e. the labels are contained
on the film.
(3) Each labeled section is organized into unlabeled subsections corresponding
to the birth year of the conscript.
(4) Within these unlabeled subsections, the surnames are listed mostly
(5) There may be multiple subsections for the same birth year scattered among
the films, sometimes these subsections adjoin.
(6) There does not appear to be any obvious order to the birth years.
(7) There are many WWI records.
(8) There are quite a few records out of place. There are even a few records
with surnames starting with letters other than F.
(9) The military records are heterogeneous and include at least the following:
Auszug aus dem Belebungsprotokolle
Fehlkarte = faulty card
Persons- und MeldeNachweis
Vormerkblatt fur die Qualifikationsbeschreibung
Vormerkblatt uber Kranke in Heilanstatten
The following is specific information on the 8 films for surnames beginning
with F. Except where stated otherwise, all the subsections correspond to
surnames beginning with the letter F. Each subsection corresponds to a
particular birth year within which the surnames are arranged more or less
alphabetically. These subsections vary in length from just a few records to
Sections 1-4 surnames beginning with U
Section 5 - 1885
Section 1 - 1885, 1899
Section 2 - 1896, 1895, 1894, 1897, 1898, 1974, 1879, 1892, 1893, 1896
Section 3 - 1873, 1871, 1873, 1875, 1898, 1875, 1882, 1900
Section 1 - 1890
Section 2 - 1871, 1891
Section 3 - 1876, 1892
Section 4 - 1870, 1887, 1896
Section 1 - 1896
Section 2 - 1866, 1880, 1884, 1890
Section 3 - 1895, 1880, 1881
Section 4 - 1872, 1878, 1871, 1883, 1897
Section 1 - 1886, 1906, 1897, 1887, 1897
Section 2 - 1886, 1868, 1886, 1886, 1891, 1893, 1869, 1876, 1878, 1888,
1889, 1877, 1888
Section 1 - 1888
Section 2 - 1876, 1876, 1898
Section 3 - 1868, 1869, 1897, 1900, 1897, 1899, 1897, 1899, 1878, 1880,
1879, 1872, 1887, 1887
Section 4 - 1865, 1881
Section 1 - 1881, 1894
Section 2 - 1874, 1883, 1898, 1883
Section 3 - 1873, 1877, 1884, 1895
Section 1 - 1895
Section 2 - 1867, 1872, 1882, 1890, 1882
Section 3 - 1877, 1889, 1867
Section 4 - names beginning with C
My experience - I tried to find the military records of my grandfather.
I did not find them. I concluded that they might be misfiled in one of the
8 films I examined fairly carefully or they might be in a film that is listed
as being for surnames other than those beginning with the letter F. So to be
sure to find your relative, I think you have to look at all the records for
all the letters to be sure. This is a gigantic task. I spent 15 hours searching
the 8 films for the letter F.
Thomas Fischer Weiss
FRENKEL (Buchach, Vienna); BUCHHALTER (Skalat); ENGEL (Vienna);
FISCHER (Hriskov, Schlan, Prague); FRAENKEL,FRUCHTER(Rozhnyatov, Vienna);
KATZ (Schlan);KLEPETAR Jistebnice); MEISELS (Nadworna,Vienna);OLLOP (Vienna);
ORLIK (Pohor, Jistebnice, Benesov,Tabor); QUADRATSTEIN(Vienna, Saarbrucken);
VODICKA (Dobronitz, Jistebnice, Benesov, Tabor)
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