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Title in the Language of the Records
Schwiez, Kirchebücher Auszüge 1550-1875
Collection Time Period
This collection of data, which was extracted from church books in Pratteln, Germany, covers the years 1550-1875
This is a collection of images of church records extracts for several Swiss canton; however, it is not comprehensive. The title page of each book lists the surnames with town(s) and canton(s) from where the records were extracted.
The genealogical facts found in most of the family register extract cards include:
- Name of the ancestor, either as a parent or child
- Names of the ancestor’s siblings, parents, grandparents
- Date of the ancestor’s birth
- Place of the ancestor’s birth
- Occupation of the ancestor’s father
- Birth dates of the ancestor’s siblings and parents
- Date of the ancestor’s marriage
- Date of the ancestor’s death
- Death dates of the ancestor’s siblings and parents
- Information concerning emigration in the family
How to Use the Record
In order to find data in this collection, it is necessary to know the name of the ancestor, the religion, town of the event, and approximate date of the event.
Swiss church records are typically written in German or Latin. Regional dialect may affect the spelling of some German words and the use of vocabulary words.
The extracts of these church books cover a majority of the population of Pratteln for the years 1550-1875.
Why This Collection Was Created
The church records were created to record church sacraments associated with the life events of the parishioners, such as baptisms, marriages and deaths. This collection of extracted data was created to make the research of Pratteln ancestors easier.
Church books are one of the most reliable and accurate family history sources. However, accuracy in the records is dependent upon the accuracy of the informant’s knowledge and the accuracy of the priest’s recording of the information. The extraction of data from these records may also introduce some mistakes; therefore, it is recommended that you verify the information in the originals and other vital records, if available.
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When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.
Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection
- “Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
- “El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
Sources of This Collection
“Switzerland, Church Book Extract, 1550-1875”, images FamilySearch Historical Records, 2010; from Family History Center Pratteln, Germany. Switzerland, Pratteln church book extract. FHL digital images. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.