Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Fribourg, Switzerland
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Record Description
Record Type: Census
Collection years: 1880
Languages: German, French
Title in the Language: Schweiz, Freiburg, Volkszählung, 1880; Suisse, Fribourg, Recensement, 1880
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Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg


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This collection contains census records from Fribourg Canton for the year 1880.The original records are located in the Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg, Switzerland.

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