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
Related Websites
LDS Family History Center, Pratteln

What Is in the Collection?

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

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

Sample Images

Click on images for a larger view.

These records may contain the following information:

  • 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

How Do I Search the Collection?

To search by image:

⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Volume Type" category (either Heft or Index)
⇒Select the "Surname" category
⇒Select the "Volume Number" category which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

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.

Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  

Collection Citation:

"Switzerland, Church Book Extracts, 1550-1875" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Genealogische Forschungsstelle, Pratteln, Wartenbergstr (LDS Family History Center, Pratteln, Wartenbergstr).

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Switzerland, Church Book Extracts, 1550-1875.

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