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Geography

Wolfhalden has an area of 7 square kilometers (2.7 square miles).  The area is used thusly:

58% agriculture
30.5% forest
11.4% settlement
0.1% non-productive

Click here for a geographical map of Appenzell, including Wolfhalden.

History

In 1650, Heiden and Wolfhalden couldn't agree about the control over the church. This led to the creation of a church in each village in 1652, making them independent.

Place Names

Locations within Wolfhalden

Altenstein
Augste
Boden
Bruggmühle
Bruggtobel
Bühlen
Ebnet
Fürmsen
Gmeindli
Guggen
Guggenbühel
Hasle
Heitersberg

Hinteregg
Hinterergeten
Hinterhasle
Hinterlochen
Höhe
Högli
inneres Holz
Hub
Kaltenbrunnen
Kellen
Klaren
Klus
Lehn

Lindenberg
Lippenreute
Lüchli
Luchten
Mühlpass
Mühltobel
Obergatter
Oedlehn
Plätzli
Rank
Ris
Scheibe

Schönenbühl
Sommersberg
Sonder
Striland
Tanne
Tobelmühle
Unterach
Unterwolfhalden
Weid
Wolfhalden
Wüschbach
Zelg

Surrounding Parishes

Click here for a map showing Wolfhalden in relation to the rest of Canton Appenzell.

Heiden
Lutzenberg
Oberegg (Appenzell-Innerrhoden)
Thal (Sankt Gallen)
Walzenhausen

Collections

Church Records

The parish records for Wolfhalden are now available online from the Appenzell State Archives.  They are organized by volume.  Click here to access these records.

Wolfhalden was established as a Reformed protestant parish in 1652 from the parishes of Grub and Rheineck. Records held by the Family History Library include baptisms (Taufen), marriages (Heiraten), and burials (Toten) 1652-1875.

Family books (Familienbuch) are available, unless otherwise noted, at the Cantonal Archive for the following years:

Volume 1 (1736) - household visitation
Volume 2 (1819) - household visitation
Volume 3 (1820/1826) - household visitation
Volume 4 (1830) - household visitation
Volume 5 (1830) - citizen family register, also available here at the Family History Library
Volume 6 (1834) - household visitation
Volume 7 (1840) - household visitation
Volume 8 (1844) - household visitation
Volume 9 (1844) - household visitation
Volume 10 (1852) - household visitation
Volume 11 (1856) - household visitation
Volume 12 (1863) - household visitation

Genealogies

(see here for article describing Swiss compiled genealogies)

Künzler family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 1,183,714)
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)
Sturzenegger family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 193,485)
Tobler family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 128,006; see also FHL Film 193,485 and 193,486)
Tobler family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 962,837; see also FHL Film 193,485 and 193,486)
Walser family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 193,486)

Civil Registration

Civil registration began in 1876. Wolfhalden 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

Census Records

(see here for article describing the Zürich census records)

The following censuses are available for Wolfhalden.  The they are cataloged under Thal :
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
1649 - FHL Film 1,185,150, item 1, beginning on page 479
1650/1653 - FHL Film 1,185,150, item 3, beginning on page 1317

Surnames

The following surnames held citizenship in Wolfhalden prior to 1875:

Anhorn (extinct)
Bänziger
Bischofberger (extinct)
Bruderer
Graf
Herzig
Hohl
Kellenberger

Keller
Künzler
Lendenmann/Lindenmann
     (extinct)
Lutz
Meier/Meyer (extinct)
Niederer
Nänni/Nänny

Schwalm
Sonderegger (extinct)
Sturzenegger
Tanner
Tobler
Walser
Zürcher
Züst

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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