Switzerland Census

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Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Time Coverage[edit | edit source]

The time periods of the census range from 1634-1750. There will be different years available for different communities.

  • The first city census was taken in the city of Bern in 1764. They were taken at 15 year intervals from 1811 to 1850, at 10 year intervals since 1850.[1]
  • The first federal census was dated from April 1836 to February 1838 and was very incomplete. 
  • In 1841 a more general census was taken.
  • In 1850 the census took account only of the population with rights of residence and not those actually present.
  • In 1860 the census information was more complete and it was improved in 1870 and 1880.

Information in the Census[edit | edit source]

Information varies by canton and year of census. It can include:

  • names of each family member, including boarders and servants
  • age and sometimes birth or baptism date
  • place of citizenship
  • place of residence
  • occupation
  • religion
  • civil status
  • duration of residence

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Aargau[edit | edit source]

Appenzell Ausserrhoden[edit | edit source]

  • 1634-1711 (partial coverage). The Zürich census covers part of Appenzell-Ausserrhoden. It is organized by parish and year. A more detailed article about the Zürich census can be found here.

To see what records are available for your parish, look for the parish page in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. For an example, see here.


Fribourg[edit | edit source]

Valais[edit | edit source]

Zürich[edit | edit source]

The Zürich census is organized by parish and year. A more detailed article about the Zürich census can be found here.

To see what records are available for your parish, look for the parish page in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. For an example, see here.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Switzerland,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1984-1998.