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

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Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland
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Record Description
Record Type: Local Citizenship Requests
Collection years: 1348-1798
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Schweiz, Basel-Stadt, Bürgerrechtsaufnahmen 1348-1798
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This is a collection of extracts of requests of citizenship in the city of Basel, Switzerland. These records are part of the Nachlaß F. Weiss-Frei Collection kept in the city archives of Basel, Switzerland. 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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"Schweiz, Basel-Stadt, Bürgerrechtsaufnahmen, 1348-1798." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Staatsarchiv Basel-Stadt, Basel (Basel-Stadt Canton State Archives, Basel).
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