1. Familysearch.org - Excellent Research and Help sections to begin your search. My favorites links are:
- Articles - you can search by Place, Title, Subject or Document Type. In searching for Austria, there was only a letter writing guide, so I moved on.
- Research Guidance - again, not much on Austria, so I was able to quickly move to the next link.
- Search the Wiki - I had a couple of choices - type in a keyword search, or go to a List All Countries:
Wonderful! You really have to learn a little about the country to see how it has evolved over the years, otherwise you could miss out on some search sites. The Wiki helped with that as well, providing a Jurisdictions section explaining all about the evolution of Austria.
2. ProGenealogists.com: I had forgot about this site, but it is a great site as well. They are professional genealogists, but they have a great Research Tools section as well:
I love their International Genealogy Sleuth -- a listing of sites these researchers use when conducting genealogy research. (They also have a United States Genealogy Sleuth page.) To find Austria research, I selected WorldGenWeb Regions - Eastern Europe - and was able to get to the Austrian Genealogy Pages (hosted via roostweb.com).
3. CyndisList.com: The old favorite - Cyndi's List. I hadn't visited Cyndi's List in a while, but it is still a good resource as well. There was a link on the home page for "Austria/Osterreich" which got me on my way. It too had all of its links logically organized.
More to look at:
4. BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy also offers area-specific Research Guides with a few internet site links.
5. Rootsweb.com: Check out the WorldGenProject (if you first don't go to ProGenealogist's International Genealogy Sleuth above), and WorldGenWeb Archives (sadly, not too much to offer with the many online databases available via Ancestry.com and Familysearch.org).
6. Ancestry.com: Ancestry has a Help section, including their own Wiki. When I searched the Wiki for "Austria," it returned 9 search results. There were a couple of helpful links such as "Overview of Immigration Research, " "Foreign Sources for Immigration Records," and "Overview of Jewish American Research." I perused these articles, but not too many links you can search.
Sadly, though we wish ALL countries and their records were available online, they are not. So, if you have exhausted all of your online sources, your next bet is to go to the FamilySearch.org Library Catalog, find the country, state, county and/or city you are searching, and hope there exists microfilm rolls of the records you are searching. For now you will need to order the films from your Local Family History Library, but SOMEDAY these will all be available online (via FamilySearch.org's Indexing project).