Swiss Genealogy Research

in Cantons:

Aargau, Appenzell Innerrhoden and Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Basel-Stadt, Basel-Land, Bern, Fribourg/Freiburg, Geneva/Genf, Glarus, Graubünden, Jura, Lucerne/Luzern, Neuchâtel/Neuenburg, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schaffhausen, Schwyz, Solothurn, St. Gallen, Thurgau, Ticino/Tessin, Uri, Valais/Wallis, Vaud/Waadt, Zug, Zürich.

While genealogy research in Switzerland poses many of the same challenges as genealogy research in Germany, there are a number of fundamental differences. Swiss citizens are not only citizens of the Swiss Federation, but at the same time also registered burghers/citizens of a town or village, mostly the town where their ancestors originated from. This unique local citizenship is still passed down from fathers through sons. Formerly the wife automatically became a burgher of her husband's town of origin upon marriage. Descendants of immigrants to Switzerland remain burghers of the town where their ancestors first settled and acquired their right to local citizenship. Based on these factors, your ancestor's place of birth is not necessarily the same as the place where he was registered as a citizen, and family burgher records might not be located in the same town as the family's birth, marriage, and death certificates.
To add to the challenge, most Swiss records were not microfilmed by LDS, and are therefore not accessible to US researchers. In order to offer the most professional and expeditious service I have teamed up with a very experienced Swiss genealogist who does on-site research at local archives, as well as registrar's offices and religious institutions. She will search for the old, original Swiss documents and furnish photocopies or digital images of them, and in turn I'll provide you with a professional translations of each document, and with a complete Research Report.

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