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A Guide for Your Family History Research

An Introduction

Researching by Surname

Researching by Location

Gen-Tool Kit

Internet Resources

About This Webpage







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Switzerland (officially the Helvetic Confederation) is a landlocked alpine country of roughly 7.7 million people (2009) in Western Europe with an area of 41,285 km². Switzerland is a federal republic consisting of 26 states called cantons. Berne is the seat of the federal authorities, while the country's economic centres are its three global cities, Geneva, Basel and especially Zürich.

Switzerland is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. The country has a long history of neutrality — it has not been at war since 1815 — and hosts many international organizations, including the Red Cross, the World Trade Organization and one of the U.N.'s two European offices. However, it is not a member of the European Union.

Switzerland is multilingual and has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. The country's formal name is Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft in German, Confédération suisse in French, Confederazione Svizzera in Italian and Confederaziun svizra in Romansh. The establishment of Switzerland is traditionally dated to 1 August 1291; the first of August is the national holiday.

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by Surname


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The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases, as having been either

born, married or died in this locale.  Names in dark red denote direct ancestral surnames.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Brullhard;   Heckendorn;   Neuvillers;   Portner;   Ringuelsbach;   Rohrbach;   Sturler;   Werli;   Zandt

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families


Click on this link to find out more about each surname listed above as well as other surnames found within our three family databases.

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This link will also lead you to surname resources at Rootsweb, and information about the world-wide distribution of a surname.

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Free Surname
 Search Engines

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Use this free genealogy site to help you get the best genealogy searches from Google™ by using your family tree, for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or   "tricks"  

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that    will   likely   improve your results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google and the Internet to find ancestry information about this or any other Surname.

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Where in the World
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Click on the LINK to the right to see more information about the World distribution of any surname.  You can get greater

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detail for any of the maps by clicking on the area, i.e state, county that you are interested in.

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research location

by Location

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Our Ancestral Counties

Gazetteer of Places

County Research

 (General Info.)

Where in the World

are My Ancestors?


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Our Ancestral Counties

Our Ancestral Counties


The following named counties are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, go to our ANCESTRAL LOCATIONS home page. Here you will find additional links to our county pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected locality.

Click on this thumbnail map for more information.



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Gazetteer of Places

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The following Links will take you to gazetteers that identify places within this Locale.  These resources feature profiles of cities, towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions.  In addition this site contains maps, data and directions for a wide variety of physical, cultural and historic features.

·         Cantons of Switzerland

·         Switzerland Aargau Gazetteers

·         Villages and Parishes in Appenzell Canton

·         Switzerland Basel (Land)Gazetteers

·         Village and Parish localities in Bern Canton

·         Switzerland Gazetteers (Schweizerisches Ortslexikon)

·         Switzerland Vaud Gazetteers

·         Directory of Cities, Towns, and Regions in Switzerland

·        List of places in Switzerland


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County Research  (General)

Canton Research


Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the county.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

The Swiss Confederation consists of 26 cantons:

Aargau;   Appenzell Innerrhoden;   Appenzell Ausserrhoden;   Basel-Stadt;   Basel-Landschaft;   Bern;   Fribourg;   Genève;   Glarus;   Graubünden;   Jura;   Lucerne;   Neuchâtel;   Nidwalden;   Obwalden;   Schaffhausen;   Schwyz;   Solothurn;   St. Gallen;   Thurgau;   Ticino;   Uri;   Valais;   Vaud;   Zug;   Zürich

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Where in the World  are My Ancestors?

Where in the World are My Ancestors?

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Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important  as  their  names.  The LINK

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to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

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Internet resources


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The Google search engine  button  and following web sites    may     provide    you  with

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additional information to assist with your research about   this  



General Resources

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Genealogy Reference Library

Our Genealogy 
Reference Library

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The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books that pertain to this U.S. State.   Here you will find books about the history and records of this State, as well as its counties and other localities such as towns and churches.   The collection also contains research works about State military units and personnel during America’s wars.  In addition, there are resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who settled in this State.

This Link will take you to our

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collections of reference books.  

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Click on these links to visit some of the websites we really like!!

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World GenWeb


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About thiswebpage

About This Webpage


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-- This webpage was last updated on --

01 April 2013


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