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

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Title in the Language of the Records

Schweiz, Basel-Stadt, Bürgerschafts Kontrakte, 1348-1798

Record Description

This is a collection of extracts of requests of citizenship in the city of Basel, Switzerland. Each individual entry may include place of birth, previous place of residence, occupations, and related individuals. This collection includes an alphabetical index by last name, which provides last name, given name, and page number. These records are part of the Nachlaß F. Weiss-Frei Collection kept in the city archives of Basel, Switzerland. alanced by an inflow of foreigners, particularly from Germany, Italy, and Austria. 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. 

Local civil authorities needed to keep a record listing of all those applying for citizen’s rights by way of naturalization.

This records are reliable for genealogical research.

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"Switzerland, Basel City, Local Citizenship Requests, 1348-1798." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Weiss-Frei Archiv. Staatsarchiv des Kantons Basel-Stadt.

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Record Content

These citizenship records usually contain the following information:

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  • Name of person requesting citizenship
  • Place of origin or residence
  • Sometimes his/her occupation
  • Comments and further explanations regarding the citizenship requests

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  • “Switzerland, Basel City, Local Citizenship Requests, 1348-1798,” digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 20 April 2012), Band 4: 1700-1798 > image 279 of 376 images, Entry of Christina Schuler, request to move to Basel, Switzerland, in 1775. citing Burgerschafts Kontrakte 1348-1798, Nachlass F. Weiss-Frei Archiv (Basel, Schweiz) Band 4 1700-1798 FHL INTL Film 922294. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.