Using the ETB

The ETB (elektronisches Telefonbuch) is Austria's official phone directory.
The OTB (online Telefonbuch) is the equivalent commercial version (white pages and yellow pages).

Both systems offer some facilities that are useful for genealogical research. The following describes some of the features of the ETB:

The ETB masks and the help screens are in German. The purpose of this document is to help users that do not understand German. It is merely a summary of tips and some examples. It is not a comprehensive or official guide.

 

The Input Masks

Most input fields may be abbreviated.
When you got to http://www.etb.at you get the following mask:

The Standard Search Mask
Standard Search

Input Fields Functions
Name: Surname (mandatory but may be abbreviated)
Vorname: First name (optional)
Ort: Town (optional)
ERWEITERTE SUCHE Advanced search
HILFE Help
BENUTZUNGS- BEDINGUNGEN Conditions of use
EINGABE LÖSCHEN Clear input
IHRE MEINUNG Feedback
IHRE TELEFONBUCH- EINTRAGUNG Your entry in the phone directory
Suchen Search

 

There is also an advanced search mask that gives you greater control over the selection criteria and allows the listing of place names:

The Advanced Search Mask
Advanced search

Input Fields Functions
Name: Surname (mandatory unless you are doing a Location List. It may be abbreviated)
Vorname, Titel, etc.: First name, title (optional)
Straße: Street (optional)
Hausnr.: Number of house (optional)
Bezirk in Wien: District, if Vienna (optional)
Ort: Town (optional)
Bundesland: Province (optional)
Vorwahl: Area code (optional)
Suchtyp
Alle Einträge
Privat
Firma/Behöde
Ortsliste
Type of search
All entries (default)
Private
Business/Institution
Location list
Ortsauwahl
gleichnamige Orte
exakter Ort
Ort und Umgebung
Town selection
All towns with that name
Just that town
That town and vicinity
EINFACHE SUCHE Standard search
HILFE Help
EINGABE LÖSCHEN Clear input
IHRE MEINUNG Feedback
Suchen Search

 


The Result Listings

The following is an example of the type of list you would get for a directory enquiry for a surname:

Example of search result listing
Example of result listing

New Search      Change search criteria
New Search Criteria     Change search Criteria

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The format is generally:

Surname -- First name -- (optionally: spouse, title, profession, etc.) -- Street and/or house no. (small villages might have a house no. only) -- ZIP code (4 digits) -- Town (optionally province code if ambiguous) -- Area code and phone number

The following is an example for how you would address letters to a few of the above:

  Hans Maier
Nr. 62
A-2084 Weitersfeld
Austria / Europe

Hans Maier
Radegunder Str. 10
A-8045 Graz
Austria /Europe

Hans Maier
Rosseggerg. 3
A-8401 Kalsdorf bei Graz
Austria /Europe

etc.

If in doubt, send a note to the Austria-L with a PASTE of the subject address -- and someone will help you interpret it.

The first digit of the ZIP code usually indicates the province.
You can look up ZIP codes interactively (enter town name or ZIP code)

The area code usually indicates the province.
You can look up area codes interactively.
When dialing from abroad you dial the international access code, the country code for Austria (43) but drop the leading zero of the area code. E.g. from USA:
02946 8325 would be dialed: 011 - 43 - 2946 - 8325

Some of the frequently use abbreviations for provinces and regions:

  B = Burgenland
G = Graz and Graz-area
I = Innsbruck City und Area
K = Kärnten
L = Linz City und Area
NÖ/NO = Niederösterreich/Nord-Ost
NÖ/NW = Niederösterreich/Nord-West
NÖ/SO = Niederösterreich/Süd-Ost
NÖ/SW = Niederösterreich/Süd-West
O/N = Oberösterreich/Nord
O/S = Oberösterreich/Süd
OT = Osttirol
O/W = Oberösterreich/West
S = SalzburgStadt
ST/N = Steiermark/Nord
ST/S = Steiermark/Süd
T = Tirol (without Innsbruck)
T/OL = Tirol/Oberland
T/UL = Tirol/Unterland
V = Vorarlberg
W = Wien

 

If you selected a search type Location List (whereby the town name may be abbreviated) then the listing might look as follows:

Example of location listing
Example of location listing


Usage Tips

 

Enjoy the ETB

http://www.etb.at/


Last Update: 11 Nov, 2001

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