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Collection Time Period

This collection includes the years 1491 through 1940.

Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information compiled from a variety of sources including the following:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in birth or christening index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in marriage index entries may include:

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Name of the spouse (if married)
  • Death or burial date
  • Death or burial place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by country.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.


Locality Baptisms, 1491-1940 Marriages, 1532-1910 Deaths, 1613-1875
Baselland 13,256 4,835 0
Basel-Stadt 64,219 6,172 0
Bern 81,701 25,243 18,170
Genève 121 700 3,218
Luzern 10,682 1,227 1,175
Switzerland 146,907 14,125 57,507
Thurgau 629,238 199,981 57,178
Vaud 48,429 13,580 763
Zürich 7,132 2,876 0
Totals 1,001,685 268,739 138,011


How to Use the Record

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

IGI

IGI Batch Number Descriptions

Record History

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 2000, some of the entries were published on 2 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "Western Europe Vital Records Index: Alpine Region." This index is an index of the births or christenings; marriages; and deaths or burials throughout Switzerland. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why This Record Was Created

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing of this collection to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Record Reliability

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing of this collection to help individuals find information about their ancestors.


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Related Wiki Articles

Switzerland Church Records

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Sources of Information for This Collection

"Switzerland Baptisms, 1491-1940," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/). Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

"Switzerland Marriages, 1532-1910," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/). Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

"Switzerland Burials, 1613-1875," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/). Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from the record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do 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 in found in the Wiki Article: How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections

Examples of Sourch Citations for a Record in This Collection:

  • Switzerland Baptisms, 1491." index, FamilySearch ([1]): accessed April 7, 2011. entry for Maria Susanna Elizabeth Hertz, born 24 March 1832, citing Church Records, FHL microfilm 2005321; Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.
  • "Switzerland Burial, 1613-1875." index, FamilySearch ([2]): accessed April 7, 2011. entry for Johann Konrad Boksberger, buried 29 January 1840; citing Burial Records, FHL microfilm 197920; Index entries derived from copies of original and compiled records.
  • "Switzerland Marriages, 1532-1910." index, FamilySearch ([3]): accessed April 7, 2011. entry for Jakob Kesselring and Amalie Sophie Margaretha Lieb, married 25 January 1844; citing Marriage Records, FHL microfilm 957920; Index entries derived from digtal copies of original and compiled records.

 

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