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Geography

Waldstatt has an area of 6.7 square kilometers (2.6 square miles).  The area is used thusly:

62.1% agriculture
25.9% forest
10.6% settlement
1.3% non-productive

History

Waldstatt was first mentioned in 1374 as Ober Walstatt. In 1415 it was mentioned as Wallstatt.  It belonged to Herisau until 1720, when it was established as a separate parish.  In 1734, the population was 634; by 1800, it had risen to 1,034.  In 1850, the population had fallen to 983, while by 1870 it was at 951.

Place Names

Locations within Waldstatt

Aedelswil
Berg
Böchel
Brunnhalden
Egg
Geisshalden
Grünhalden
Gschwend
Haarschwendi
Halden
Hof
Kellersberg
Kneuwies
Mooshalde
Oberschwende
Oberwaldstatt
Rechberg
Rüthe
Steblen
Stein
Stich
Taschliberg
Unterwaldstatt
Waldstatt
Winkfeld

Surrounding Parishes

Herisau
Hundwil
Schwellbrunn
Urnäsch

Collections

Church Records

Waldstatt was established as an independent protestant parish in 1720 from the parish of Herisau. Records held by the Family History Library include baptisms (Taufen) 1643-1875, marriages (Heiraten) 1721-1875, and burials (Tote) 1721-1875.  The baptisms 1643-1720 were extracted from the Herisau parish records.

Waldstatt has family books (Familienbuch), all available at the parish rectory:
Volume 1 (1729) - Family register of citizens
Volume 2 (1810) - Family register of residents
Volume 3-4 (19th century) - Family register of residents

Genealogies

(see here for article describing Swiss compiled genealogies)

The following genealogies have been researched for Waldstatt families:
Alder family, by Gottlieb Büchler (FHL Film 962,790)
Frehner family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 128,007; see also FHL Film 193,471)
Frischknecht family, by Julius Billeter (FHL 127,966; see also FHL Film 193,471)
Keller family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 127,971)
Müller family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 128,042 and 128,043)
Näf family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 128,035)
Preisig family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 128,084)
Schlumpf family, by Julius Billeter and Rosa Holzer (FHL Film 128,105)
Schmid family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 1,181,674; see also FHL Film 193,483)
Schoch family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 127,986; see also FHL Film 193,483)
Signer family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 193,484)
Stricker family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 193,485)
Tanner family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 1,224,627; see also FHL Film 193,485)
Zeller family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 128,105)
Züberbühler family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 128,036; see also FHL Film 193,488)

Civil Registration

Civil registration began in 1876. Waldstatt 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 Waldstatt prior to 1875:
Alder
Bänziger (extinct)
Bick (extinct)
Frischknecht
Himmele (extinct)
Hindermann (extinct)
Keller
Kessler
Knöpfel
Meyer (extinct)
Müller
Näf (extinct)
Preisit (extinct)
Ramsauer (extinct)
Rohner (extinct)
Schläpfer
Schlumpf
Schmid
Schoch
Signer
Stark
Stricker
Tanner
Weiler
Zuberbühler

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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