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Geography

Lutzenberg is located in the former district of Vorderland.  It is the smallest parish in Appenzell-Ausserrhoden.  The parish consists of two hamlets, Haufen-Brenden and Wienacht-Tobel.  The church is located outside of the parish.  

Lutzenberg has an area of 2.3 square kilometers (0.89 square miles).  The area is used thusly:

55.5% agriculture
25.1% forest
19.4% settlement

History

Lutzenberg was first mentioned in 1634.  It belonged to the political parish of Kurzenberg (then a part of the church parish of Thal, which was disbanded in 1666.  It remained part of the church parish of Thal, to which it belongs today.  In 1667, the population was 518.  By 1734, Lutzenberg had 847 residents, which fell to 700 by 1813.  In 1850, Lutzenberg had a population of 908.

Place Names

Locations within Lutzenberg

Blatten
Brenden
Büchel
Bülachen
Fuchsacker
Gitzbühl
Grund
Haufen
Hellbühl
Hof
Kapf
Kellen
Lutzenberg
Oberhof
Schwendi
Tobel
Tobelmühle
Tolen
Wienacht-Tobel

Surrounding Parishes

Eggersriet (Sankt Gallen)
Heiden
Rheineck (Sankt Gallen)
Rorschacherberg (Sankt Gallen)
Sankt Margrethen (Sankt Gallen)
Thal (Sankt Gallen)
Walzenhausen
Wolfhalden

Collections

Church Records

Lutzenberg was never its own parish, but belonged to the parish of Thal, which was united with the parish of Rheineck until 1716.  The records pertaining to Lutzenberg were filmed by the Family History Library and can be found here.  Records held by the Family History Library include baptisms (Taufen) 1761-1868, marriages (Heiraten) 1761-1839, and deaths (Tote) 1761-1866.  Records after this time period are available at the Cantonal Archive in Herisau, Switzerland.

Family books (Familienbuch) of Lutzenberg are available in the rectory of Thal:

Volume 1 (1834) - household visitation book
Volumes 2-3 (1840) - family register

A family book created about 1740 has been microfilmed by the Family History Library.

Census Records

Census records, taken by the Zürich Synod, exist for Lutzenberg.  The census are enumerated under the parish of Thal for the following years:

1634: FHL Film 1,185,140, item 2, beginning on page 803
1637: FHL Film 1,185,142, item 2, beginning on page 601
1640: FHL Film 1,185,144, item 1, beginning on page 805
1643: FHL Film 1,185,147, item 1, beginning on page 783
1646: FHL Film 1,185,148, item 2, beginning on page 959
1649: FHL Film 1,185,150, item 1, beginning on page 479
1652: FHL Film 1,185,150, item 3, beginning on page 1317
1672: FHL Film 1,185,156, item 1, beginning on page 29
1678: FHL Film 1,185,157, item 2, beginning on page 597 and 681
1682: FHL Film 1,185,161, item 2, beginning on page 1
1687
1700
1711: FHL Film 1,185,172, item 2, beginning on 419

Genealogies

(see here for article describing Swiss compiled genealogies)

The following genealogies have been researched for Lutzenberg families:

Lutz family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 127,973; see also FHL Film 193,478)
Niederer family
, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 127,965; see also FHL Film 193,480) 

Civil Registration

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

Zivilstandsamt Vorderland Appenzell Ausserrhoden
St. Gallerstrasse 9
Postfach 13
CH - 9038 Rehetobel

Tel: +41 71 878 70 20

email: jeannette.eisenhut@rehetobel.ar.ch

Surnames

The following surnames held citizenship in Lutzenberg prior to 1875:

Bänziger
Hohl
Keller
Kriemler (extinct)
Leuch
Lutz
Niederer
Schwalm
Tobler
Züst

Related Sources

The town's website (in German) is located 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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