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Geography

Stein has an area of 9.4 square kilometers (3.6 square miles).  The area is used thusly:

68.3% agriculture
22% forest
8.3% settlement
1.4% non-productive

Click here for a geographical map of Appenzell, including Stein.

History

The parish of stein separated from Hundwil in 1749. It was named after the Uf Stein section of the nearby river, where the new church was to be built.  Because of a shortage of water, the church was built at its current location.  

In 1794, the population was 1,777.  By 1818, it had fallen to 1,367, steadily rising from this point to 1,666 in 1850 and 1,957 in 1888.

Place Names

Locations within Stein

Alpberg
Au
Aurn
Berg
Bisersweid
Blindenau
Boden
Brand
Bruggli
Egg
Farnbühel
Gmeind

Gmeinwerk
Gmeinwies
Grub
Grunholz
Gschwend
Haasen
Hagtobel
Halden/Halten
Hargarten
Horgenbühel
Kobel
Kochegg

Langenegg
Lenggern
List
Mettlen
Nord
Rämsen
Reuthe
Schachen
Schadleren
Schnadt/Schnärth
Sonder
Stein

Stöcken
Störgel
Störglerbad
Untere Grub
Wädlen
Weilen
Weitenau
Wies
Wilen
Würzen
Zweibrücken

Surrounding Parishes

Click here for a map showing Stein in relation to the rest of Canton Appenzell.

Herisau
Hundwil
Sankt Gallen (Sankt Gallen)
Schlatt-Haslen (Appenzell-Innerrhoden)
Teufen

Collections

Church Records

The parish records for Stein are now available online from the Appenzell State Archives.  They are organized by volume.  Click here to access these records.

The protestant parish of Stein was established in 1749 from the parish of Hundwil. Records held by the Family History Library include baptisms (Taufen), marriages (Heiraten), and deaths (Tote) from 1716-1885.

The following family books (Familienbuch) were created for Stein. 

Volume 1 (1660) - family registry of citizens (begun about 1790), held at the Cantonal Archive in Herisau
Volume 2 (19th century) - family registry of non-citizen residents, held at the Cantonal Archive in Herisau
Volume 3 (1823) - family registry of citizens, held at the [Http://www.stein-ar.ch/de/soziales/sozialeskirchen/evangstein/ rectory] in Stein

Genealogies

(see here for article describing Swiss compiled genealogies)

The following genealogies have been researched for Stein families:

Bondt family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 193,469)
Frehner family
, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 128,007; see also FHL Film 193,471)
Grubenmann family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 193,473)
Hug family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 193,475)
Hugener family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 193,475)
Müller family
, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 128,042 and 128,043)
Schmid family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 1,181,674; see also FHL Film 193,483)
Signer family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 193,484)
Stricker family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 193,485)
Theiler family
, by Rosa Holzer (FHL Film 1,183,641)
Zuberbühler family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 128,036)
Zürcher family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 1,181,672; see also FHL Film 193,488)

Civil Registration

Civil registration began in 1876. Stein belongs to the Hinterland civil registration district. Records are only available in Switzerland. For further information, contact the civil registry office at:

Zivilstandsamt Hinterland App. A. Rh.
Poststrasse 6
CH - 9102 Herisau

Tel: +41 71 354 54 35

Email: zivilstandsamt@herisau.ar.ch

Surnames

The following surnames held citizenship in Stein prior to 1875:

Berweger
Bischofberger (extinct)
Bondt
Breitenberg
Bruderer
Egger (extinct)
Engler
Enz (extinct)
Eugster (extinct)
Fässler
Fitze
Frehner (extinct)
Früh
Grubenmann

Hafner
Hofstetter
Holderegger
Hug
Hugener
Iller
Kern
Kessler (extinct)
Klarer
Knöpfel
Koller (extinct)
Küng
Mettler (extinct)

Metzger
Mötteli (extinct)
Müller
Oertle
Reifler
Ringeisen
Rohner (extinct)
Schefer
Schirmer (extinct)
Schläpfer
Schmid
Schneider
Signer

Stark
Staub (extinct)
Steingruber (extinct)
Stricker
Theiler
Vogel (extinct)
Waldburger
Weiss (extinct)
Wettach
Widmer
Zülle
Zuberbühler (extinct)
Zürcher

Related Sources

The town's website (in German) can be found here.

Societies and Libraries

Cantonal Archive of Appenzell-Ausserrhoden (in German)

References

Register of Swiss Surnames

Registry of Appenzell-Ausserrhoden, by Mario von Moos


 

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