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Time Coverage

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

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

  • names of each family member, including boarders and servants
  • their ages and sometimes baptism dates
  • places of origin and residence
  • occupation
  • religion
  • civil status
  • duration of residence

Online Records

Aargau

Fribourg

Zürich

Population or census registers of the Reformed Parishes in the Synod of Zürich, Switzerland. Names, ages, and sometimes baptism dates are shown for members of households. Includes some registers for Anabaptists, Catholics, and others. Includes towns now in the Cantons of Zürich, Thurgau, and Sankt Gallen, with a few in the Cantons of Aargau, Schaffhausen, and Appenzell-Ausserrhoden.

A helpful guide for these census has been compiled by the Genealogical Society of Utah.  The call number for this guide is 949.4 x336.  FHL INTL Fiche 6001309  Also on microfilm. Salt Lake City FHL INTL Film 1181849 Item 72

References

  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.