Military records are often overlooked as a source of genealogical information. In addition to providing a history of your ancestor's military career, these records can sometimes answer basic genealogical questions, such as where and when a person was born.
Most military records for the Czech Republic can be found in one of two archives. For records up till the end of World War I, the War Archive in Vienna is the primary repository. Later records are kept at the Military History Archive in Prague. The addresses for these archives are as follows:
Military Central Archive in Prague
Vojenský ústřední archiv
Sokolovská 136 / 24
186 00 Praha 8 - Karlín
War Archive in Vienna
TheGenealogical Society of Utah (GSU) has microfilmed a large number of manuscripts from the War Archive in Vienna. These rolls of microfilm are a good source for Czech military records. Copies of these rolls of microfilm can be borrowed through your nearest Family History Center for a nominal fee.
The recruitment locality index specifies when & where military units were recruiting in different areas of the Austrian monarchy.
The Grundbuchblätter Diverse: Böhmen, Mähren, Schlesien are the military foundation registers for Austrian army personnel from Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia. They include soldiers born approximately 1820-1864, some earlier. Data shown includes year of birth, place of birth, a personal description, and record of service. These records are contained on 665 rolls of 16mm microfilm and are divided into two series: Diverse (454 rolls) and Diverse/I (211 rolls).
A list of men eligible for conscription was maintained in each district office. These records, where they were preserved till the present day, are stored at the district archive.
Over the past few decades, the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) has microfilmed most of the Austrian military church records. These records, reproduced on 551 rolls of microfilm, can be borrowed from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Although many of these records document deaths, they also list births & marriages. We've compiled a list of microfilm rolls which contain church records for units stationed in Bohemia, Moravia & Silesia.
There are over 13,000 rolls of Austrian military records on microfilm available through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. We've compiled a list of film rolls for Austrian military units which were garrisoned in Bohemia, Moravia, or Silesia. These are arranged by location.
For in-depth information about the Austrian military, visit the following site:
This site systematically describes the military documents available in European archives for soldiers who served in the Austrian and Czechoslovak armies. Maps and tables are provided to help determine which military units were recruiting in specific areas.