Switzerland, Basel City Local Citizenship Requests (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Local Citizenship Requests
Collection years: 1348-1798
Languages: Germany
Title in the Language: Schweiz, Basel-Stadt, Bürgerrechtsaufnahmen 1348-1798
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What is in the Collection?

This is a collection of extracts of requests of citizenship in the city of Basel, Switzerland. Each individual entry may include place of birth, previous place of residence, occupations, and related individuals. This collection includes an alphabetical index by last name, which provides last name, given name, and page number. These records are part of the Nachlaß F. Weiss-Frei Collection kept in the city archives of Basel, Switzerland. alanced by an inflow of foreigners, particularly from Germany, Italy, and Austria. The communes and cantons were and are responsible for naturalization matters. Most of the foreigners came from neighboring France and Germany, while others came from Italy and other nearby countries. In order for foreigners to have the civil rights to live and work in Switzerland, they needed to apply for citizenship.

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This collection of citizenship requests from the City of Basel covers the years 1348-1798.

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These records generally contain the following information:

  • Name of person requesting citizenship
  • Place of origin or residence
  • Sometimes his/her occupation
  • Comments and further explanations regarding the citizenship requests

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The most important information one can take from this record is the place of origin of the immigrant, but it is first necessary to know the place where the person requested his/her citizenship and when he or she did so.

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"Switzerland, Basel City, Local Citizenship Requests, 1348-1798." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Staatsarchiv Basel-Stadt, Basel (Basel-Stadt Canton State Archives, Basel).

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