Lutzenberg parish, Appenzell, Switzerland Genealogy
Guide to Lutzenberg parish, Appenzell, Switzerland ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
Lutzenberg is located in the former district of Vorderland. It is the smallest parish in Appenzell-Ausserrhoden. The parish consists of two hamlets, Haufen-Brenden and Wienacht-Tobel. The church is located outside of the parish.
Lutzenberg has an area of 2.3 square kilometers (0.89 square miles). The area is used thusly:
Click here for a geographical map of Appenzell, including Lutzenberg.
Lutzenberg was first mentioned in 1634. It belonged to the political parish of Kurzenberg (then a part of the church parish of Thal, which was disbanded in 1666. It remained part of the church parish of Thal, to which it belongs today. In 1667, the population was 518. By 1734, Lutzenberg had 847 residents, which fell to 700 by 1813. In 1850, Lutzenberg had a population of 908.
Locations within Lutzenberg
Click here for a map showing Lutzenberg in relation to the rest of Canton Appenzell.
Lutzenberg was never its own parish, but belonged to the parish of Thal, which was united with the parish of Rheineck until 1716. The records pertaining to Lutzenberg were filmed by the Family History Library and can be found here. Records held by the Family History Library include baptisms (Taufen) 1761-1868, marriages (Heiraten) 1761-1839, and deaths (Tote) 1761-1866. Records after this time period are available at the Cantonal Archive in Herisau, Switzerland.
Volume 1 (1834) - household visitation book
Volumes 2-3 (1840) - family register
A family book created about 1740 has been microfilmed by the Family History Library.
Census records, taken by the Zürich Synod, exist for Lutzenberg. The census are enumerated under the parish of Thal for the following years:
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
1643: FHL Film 1,185,147, item 1, beginning on page 783
1646: FHL Film 1,185,148, item 2, beginning on page 959
1649: FHL Film 1,185,150, item 1, beginning on page 479
1652: FHL Film 1,185,150, item 3, beginning on page 1317
1672: FHL Film 1,185,156, item 1, beginning on page 29
1678: FHL Film 1,185,157, item 2, beginning on page 597 and 681
1682: FHL Film 1,185,161, item 2, beginning on page 1
1711: FHL Film 1,185,172, item 2, beginning on 419
(see here for article describing Swiss compiled genealogies)
The following genealogies have been researched for Lutzenberg families:
Civil registration began in 1876. Lutzenberg 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
CH - 9038 Rehetobel
Tel: +41 71 878 70 20
The following surnames held citizenship in Lutzenberg prior to 1875:
The town's website (in German) is located here.
Societies and Libraries
Cantonal Archive of Appenzell-Ausserrhoden (in German)
Registry of Appenzell-Ausserrhoden, by Mario von Moos