Genealogy Links

Tips on doing research in Switzerland:

  • Swiss citizenship is kept on three levels: nationally, the canton, and the Heimatort, or home community. For most people, citizenship was inherited. Therefore, a citizen’s descendants may never even have seen their original home community. The home community was charged with keeping track of its citizens. If a birth, marriage, or death of a citizen took place in another parish, notice of the event was often sent to the Heimatort.
  • Church books are one of the most reliable and accurate family history sources. 
  • The number of emigrants who left Switzerland without permission and paying the obligatory “moving-away tax” was fairly high, so  there may be no record of their departure. Passports were not registered  until the mid-19th Century.

Photos and scans are not always allowed by the archives and photocopying old books is generally prohibited.Swiss? German? French? Italian? Country borders changed over the years.

This link shows you those changes over 1,000 years. 



Swiss Roots Genealogy Links:

Association Valaisanne d'Etudes Généalogiques  (French)  

Basel City Local Citizenship Requests:  This is a collection of extracts of requests of citizenship in the city of Basel, Switzerland from FamilySearch.
Berner Geschlechter  (German) Documentation of more than 50,000 individuals of some 300 families of  the Bern City from 16th to 19th century with respective indices.  
Bischofszeller Geschlechter  (German) Documentation of more than 8,000 individuals of some 30  families of the Bischofszell Town (Canton of Thurgau ) from 16th to 19th century with respective indices.  
Churchbooks of Canton Bern:  A list of churchbooks available and price to access a CD with this information.  

Frutiger Geschlechter  (German) :  Documentation of more than 25,000 individuals of some 150 families of  Frutigen Town (Canton of Bern) from 16th to 18th century with respective indices. 

Genealogisch-Heraldische Gesellschaft der Region Basel (German)

Genalogisch-Heraldische Gesellschaft Bern (German)

Genealogisch-Heraldische Gesellschaft Ostschweiz  (German) 

Genealogisch-Heraldische Gesellschaft Zürich (German)

Hamburg Passenger Lists:  FamilySearch Wiki article. Note: the old Hamburg Passenger Lists Resource Guide has been incorporated into this.  Lutheran Church Census Records from Canton Zurich  
Neuchâtel Genealogy Society / Société neuchâteloise de généalogie  (French)  

Rätische Vereinigung für Familienforschung


Russian Swiss  (German)   

Schaffhausen, Directories, Emigration, and Genealogies:  This collection will include records from 1460 to 1952 from FamilySearch 

Schweizerische Vereinigung für jüdische Genealogie  (German)  

SGSI - Società Genealogica della Svizzera Italiana  (Italian) Genealogy  of the Italian speaking Cantons Ticino (Tessin) and Grigioni (Grisons,  Graubünden), publishing a yearly bulletin and monthly newsletters for  members.  

Société Genevoise de Généalogie  (French)   
Switzerland, Baptisms,  1491-1940  
Switzerland Burials,  1613-1875  
Switzerland, Church Book Extracts, 1550-1875
Switzerland Genealogy Links:  This site includes lists from cemeteries, census and societies.  
Switzerland, Marriages 1532-1910
Verein für Familien- & Personenforschung March & Nachbarregionen:  Association for genealogy and family search in the district of March in the canton of Schwyz. 

Vereinigung für Familienkunde St. Gallen und Appenzell  (German)  

Zentralschweizerische Gesellschaft für Familienforschung  (German) 

In 2014, the church records of the Canton of  Appenzell-Ausserrhoden became available online from the Staatsarchiv  Appenzell website. 

Few parish registers from Canton Aargau are available through the Canton Archives. The link  shows the list of parish registers that are available. (Google Translate English)  

FamilySearch tries to make records available for all users. However, the rights to view images are granted by the record custodians.  

Images for the Canton of Bern can only be viewed at the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and by members of the supporting organization: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  

The Switzerland, Church Records 1277-1992 for the Records for Cantons of  Basel-Stadt and Schaffhausen are unrestricted and can be viewed by all  users.