Switzerland, Schaffhausen, Stein am Rhein, Church Records and other Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Stein am Rhein, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
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Record Description
Record Type: Church and Miscellaneous
Collection years: 1434-1904
Languages: German, French
Title in the Language: Schweiz, Schaffhausen, Stein am Rhein, Stadt, Kirchenbücher und andere Sonstiges Stadt Records, 1434-1904
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of church records and other miscellaneous records including marines, emigration, notorial, and tax records from Stein am Rhein, Schaffhausen, Switzerland. It also includes church records for the neighboring village of Burg. Stein am Rhein has its roots as medieval city on the modern border between Germany and Switzerland on the Rhein River. German King Henry II selected the city as a site for an abbey, which helped create its status as a trade and religious center. Today, it has one of the best preserved medieval city centers in Europe.

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  • Date and place of event
  • Names of other family members
  • Names of witnesses

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  • Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.
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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.
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Collection Citation:

"Switzerland, Schaffhausen, Stein am Rhein, Church Records and other Miscellaneous City Records, 1434-1904" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Stadtarchiv Stein am Rhein (Stein am Rhein City Offices, Stein am Rhein).

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