Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1818 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Fribourg, Switzerland
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Location of Fribourg, Switzerland
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Record Description
Record Type: Census
Collection years: 1818
Languages: German, French
Title in the Languages: Schweiz, Freiburg, Volkszählung, 1818; Suisse, Fribourg, Recensement, 1818
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Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg


What is in the Collection?

This collection is an 1818 census for the Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland. For each individual recorded the details include name, birthplace, age, marital status, and occupation. If the individual is absent, their current residence is given. The original records are located in the Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg, Switzerland.

For information on the content and use of these records see the wiki article Switzerland, Fribourg, Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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  • Head of household
  • Full name of each person in the household
  • Where each person was born
  • Age of each person
  • Occupation

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  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
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  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
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Collection Citation:

"Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1818." FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg (Fribourg State Archives, Fribourg).

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