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Liechtenstein was part of the old German Empire established in the 10th century. In 1719 the counties of Vaduz and Schellenberg became a principality in the hands of a branch of the House of Liechtenstein. It became independent after the dissolution of the Empire in 1806. It joined the Germanic confederation for a time and was part of the Austrian customs union prior to World War I. It has since joined the Swiss customs union and uses Swiss currency and diplomatic resources.

Liechtenstein was largely untouched by the Reformation. Important records were kept by Catholic Church officials concerning land, tax, court and other civil affairs. Church records date from 1560.[1]


The area of Liechtenstein is 61.8 square miles, situated between Switzerland and Austria. The capital is Vaduz ( pop. 5,000). There are 11 communes:

  • Balzers
  • Eschen
  • Gamprin
  • Malbun
  • Mauren
  • Planken
  • Ruggell
  • Schaan
  • Schellenberg
  • Triesen
  • Triesenberg
  • Vaduz[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Liechtenstein,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1989-1999.


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