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Switzerland Baptisms, 1491-1940
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Switzerland
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Location of Switzerland
Record Description
Record Type: Baptisms
Collection years: 1491-1940
Languages: German, French
Title in the Language: Schweiz Taufen, 1491-1940
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This index is an electronic index for the years 1491 to 1940. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.

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Baptism

  • Persons Given Name and Surname
  • Christening Date
  • Christening Place
  • Father's Name
  • Mother's Name

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Locality Baptisms, 1491-1940 Marriages, 1532-1910 Deaths, 1613-1875
Baselland 13,256 4,835 0
Basel-Stadt 64,219 6,172 0
Bern 81,701 25,243 18,170
Genève 121 700 3,218
Luzern 10,682 1,227 1,175
Switzerland 146,907 14,125 57,507
Thurgau 629,238 199,981 57,178
Vaud 48,429 13,580 763
Zürich 7,132 2,876 0
Totals 1,001,685 268,739 138,011

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