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Switzerland, Church Book Extracts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Switzerland, Church Book Extracts, 1550-1875
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Record Description
Record Type: Church Book Extracts
Collection years: 1550-1875
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Schweiz, Kirchebücher Auszüge, 1550-1875
FamilySearch Resources
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Family History Center, Pratteln


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This is a collection of images of church records extracts for several Swiss cantons, however, it is not comprehensive. The title page of each book lists the surnames with town(s) and canton(s) from where the records were extracted.

Swiss church records are typically written in German or Latin. These records are in German. Regional dialect may affect the spelling of some German words and the use of vocabulary words. 

The extracts of these church books cover a majority of the population of Pratteln for the years 1550-1875. 

This collection of data, which was extracted from church books in Pratteln, Switzerland, covers the years 1550-1875

The church records were created to record church sacraments associated with the life events of the parishioners, such as baptisms, marriages and deaths. This collection of extracted data was created to make the research of Pratteln ancestors easier.

Church books are one of the most reliable and accurate family history sources. However, accuracy in the records is dependent upon the accuracy of the informant’s knowledge and the accuracy of the priest’s recording of the information. The extraction of data from these records may also introduce some mistakes; therefore, it is recommended that you verify the information in the originals and other vital records, if available.

For a list of surnames currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Switzerland, Church Book Extracts, 1550-1875.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of the ancestor, either as a parent or child
  • Names of the ancestor’s siblings, parents, grandparents
  • Date of the ancestor’s birth
  • Place of the ancestor’s birth
  • Occupation of the ancestor’s father
  • Birth dates of the ancestor’s siblings and parents
  • Date of the ancestor’s marriage
  • Date of the ancestor’s death
  • Death dates of the ancestor’s siblings and parents
  • Information concerning emigration in the family
  • Occupation

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

In order to find data in this collection, it is necessary to know the name of the ancestor, the religion, town of the event, and approximate date of the event.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Volume Type
  2. Select Surname
  3. Select Volume Number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Switzerland.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details page in the section Citing this Collection.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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