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<br> Protestants first required the recording of baptisms and marriages in 1525, Catholics in 1563 at the Council of Trent. However, many of the early church records have been lost.<br><br>The records can be written in German, Latin, French, Italian, or Romantsch. The following may be included in the church records:<br><br>• baptisms, marriages, burials, confirmations,<br>• lists of communicants<br>• family registers (soul registers)<br>• lists of ministers in the parish,<br>• church council minutes<br>• notations about those who have fallen away, i.e. Anabaptists<br><br>Whenever possible, events concerning citizens of the home parish that took place in other parishes are listed in the home parish as well. Hence, there may be separate sections in the parish register, which in the FHLC entries may be described as “Auswärtige”.<br><br>The women‘s maiden names are usually given in the church records throughout their lives. However, they may be buried under their married or maiden name. Also, the record keeping conventions vary somewhat by region. <br><br>Surnames may be abbreviated. Also, there are many unusual forms of given names.  
 
<br> Protestants first required the recording of baptisms and marriages in 1525, Catholics in 1563 at the Council of Trent. However, many of the early church records have been lost.<br><br>The records can be written in German, Latin, French, Italian, or Romantsch. The following may be included in the church records:<br><br>• baptisms, marriages, burials, confirmations,<br>• lists of communicants<br>• family registers (soul registers)<br>• lists of ministers in the parish,<br>• church council minutes<br>• notations about those who have fallen away, i.e. Anabaptists<br><br>Whenever possible, events concerning citizens of the home parish that took place in other parishes are listed in the home parish as well. Hence, there may be separate sections in the parish register, which in the FHLC entries may be described as “Auswärtige”.<br><br>The women‘s maiden names are usually given in the church records throughout their lives. However, they may be buried under their married or maiden name. Also, the record keeping conventions vary somewhat by region. <br><br>Surnames may be abbreviated. Also, there are many unusual forms of given names.  
  
=== FamilySearch Historical Record Collections ===
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=== FamilySearch Historical Record Collections ===
  
Oline collections containing these records are located in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list FamilySearch.org]
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Oline collections containing these records are located in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list FamilySearch.org]  
  
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Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:[[Switzerland Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)|<br>]]
  
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Protestants first required the recording of baptisms and marriages in 1525, Catholics in 1563 at the Council of Trent. However, many of the early church records have been lost.

The records can be written in German, Latin, French, Italian, or Romantsch. The following may be included in the church records:

• baptisms, marriages, burials, confirmations,
• lists of communicants
• family registers (soul registers)
• lists of ministers in the parish,
• church council minutes
• notations about those who have fallen away, i.e. Anabaptists

Whenever possible, events concerning citizens of the home parish that took place in other parishes are listed in the home parish as well. Hence, there may be separate sections in the parish register, which in the FHLC entries may be described as “Auswärtige”.

The women‘s maiden names are usually given in the church records throughout their lives. However, they may be buried under their married or maiden name. Also, the record keeping conventions vary somewhat by region.

Surnames may be abbreviated. Also, there are many unusual forms of given names.

FamilySearch Historical Record Collections

Oline collections containing these records are located in FamilySearch.org

Wiki articles describing these collections are found at: