Oberhoffen-sur-Moder, France

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67240 Oberhoffen-sur-Moder is a commune in the canton of Bischwiller in the department of Bas-Rhin.

Before 1736 Oberhoffen (in Stab Offendorf) was in the territory of Hanau-Lichtenberg.  When that line was extinguished in 1736 it was transferred to Hesse-Darmstadt.  The rights of all nobility over Oberhoffen were abolished by France effective 11 Aug 1789.  This was confirmed by the Peace of Lunéville on 9 February 1801.  From 1871 to 1919 Oberhofen was in the German Reich (Oberhofen, Hagenau, Unter=Elsaß, Deutsches Reich).

RULERS of Oberhoffen-sur-Moder

Grafschaft  Zweibrücken-Bitsch


Simon IV. Wecker †1499


Reinhard †1532


Jakob (1510-1570)

Grafschaft  Hanau-Lichtenberg

Grafen zu Hanau und Herren zu Lichtenberg


Philipp V. (1541-1599)


Johann Reinhard I (1569-1625)


Philip Wolfgang (1595-1641)


Frederick Casimir (1623-1685)


Johann Reinhard III (1665-1736)

Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt


Louis VIII (1691-1768)


Louis IX (1719-1790)


France as overlord of the German nobles

24 Oct 1648

The Peace of Westphalia signed by the German emperor and the king of France

Ambiguous as it relates to Alsace

The German Emperor transferred all the rights of the House of Habsburg to various areas in Alsace; however, the imperial estates should suffer no harm to their rights and freedoms, retain their imperial status, remain subject to the Imperial Court, but without prejudice to the French sovereignty rights.


In the ensuing years King Louis XIV consolidated his control over this region and Frederick Casimir had to take an oath of allegience to King Louis XIV.  The Count ordered a change in the religious text of the prayer from 3 October 1680, that they should no longer pray for the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, but to His Majesty the King of France and Navarre.

1701 and 1707

King Louis XIV recognized all the manorial rights of the Counts of Hanau in their Alsatian possessions, subject to the French supremacy in Letters of Patent to Johann Reinhard III.



11 Aug 1789

The authority and rights of the Landgrave over Oberhoffen were abolished

14 Jan 1790

Department of Strasbourg was established

Oberhoffen in the canton of Bischwiller

4 Mar 1790

Department of Bas-Rhin was established

Oberhoffen in the canton of Bischwiller



Oberhofen in Kreis Hagenau, Bezirk Unter=Elsaß


The cemetery in Oberhoffen was near the church, but in 1829 was moved to its present location of approximately 28 Rue du Cimetière (Friedhofstrasse).  It was increased in size in 1838.  [Heinrich, Geschichte und Geschichten von Oberhofen, 76.]  It is reported that most of the grave markers date from the 20th and 21st centuries.


Heinrich, Martin. Geschichte und Geschichten von Oberhofen. Oberhoffen-sur-Moder: Verlag M. Heinrich, 1974.

Kocher, August. Die Aemter Offendorf und Bischweiler und die drie Dörfer Kaltenhausen, Schirrhein und Schirrhofen. Strassburg: Licht- und Buchdruck von Jul. Manias & Cie., 1907. 

Schaeffer, Jean-Paul. OBERHOFFEN sur MODER:  Registres paroissiaux protestants Baptêmes, Mariages, Sépultures (1692-1792) Etat civil Naissances, Mariages, Décès (1794-1862).  Strasbourg:  Le Cercle Généalogique d’Alsace, 2003.


Oberhoffen town web site.

Oberhoffen television station web site.


Les Archives départementales du Bas-Rhin is located at (sont situées au):

6 rue Philippe Dollinger 67100 Strasbourg

The new site can be accessed at this web address that has a search engine:  Bas-Rhin Archives


Church records may be accessed through this portal at the Bas-Rhin Archives.


Civil records may be accessed through this portal at the Bas-Rhin Archives.


Census records may be accessed at the following portal at the Bas-Rhin Archives.

  • 1819 population 879
  • 1836 population 1114
  • 1841 population 1195

The Hanau-Lichtenberg family were rulers of Oberhoffen.  Their records are found in series C, G and E at the archives. Sub-series 17 J and 50 J may also be of interest.  The actual records are not on-line and are only available at the archives.