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Discovering what my ancestors did for a living

I am researching my Swiss ancestors and although I have quite detailed family trees on both sides, I would like to know more about individual ancestors, specifically, what some of them did for a ...
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Country other than Switzerland where place of origin is not same as place of birth?

In Switzerland we have a system where the place of origin is not the place of birth - the place of origin is transmitted from father to son just like the surnames are, and is strongly linked with the ...
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Reasons for fleeing from Germany in the 1870s?

Two of my ancestors left two different part of Germany in the 1870s (Baden and Wurttemberg, which were at the time separate). They went first to Switzerland (La Chaux de Fonds) in 1874 where they met ...
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How to read Swiss Church Book / Kirchenbücher Collection Indexes?

I recently discovered the Swiss Church / Kirchenb├╝cher book collections, and though you can locate them on FamilySearch, you have to view them in a LDS Family History center or library. This creates ...
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Where to find 1900 Swiss census for Bern?

I have a birth certificate for my grandfather Ernst Bachmann. He was born in Bern, Switzerland in 1903. I doesn't have very much information on it. It has his father's name but not his mothers name. ...
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Tracing my Swiss German roots through to World War I an unknown fallen soldier

My dilemma is finding out about my great-grandfather's war history. Here's a brief summary of what I know. My father is Swiss. His father was Swiss' and served as a border guard in world war II. It's ...
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Determining parents of 19th Century Swiss ancestor?

I started getting into genealogy thanks to Ancestry.com and I have run into a brick wall. I am looking for the parents of Christopher Stukey (born somewhere between 1843 and 1848 in Switzerland) his ...
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How can I find Swiss ancestors who were living in Zurich in the 1950s?

What is the best method for finding Swiss ancestors that were living in Zurich in the 1950's. I have names and birthdates but have not had any contact with them from about 1960.
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How to Trace Ancestors to Switzerland

Some of my Zimmerman ancestors emigrated from Switzerland to the United States (Tuscarawas, Ohio) in the mid 1800s. When I find them on U.S. Census records, there are a bunch of other Zimmerman ...
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Request for insight into this marriage certificate (transfer?) in the Nordrhein-Westfalen Archive

Thanks in advance for any insight or research suggestions for understanding this record in the Nordrhein-Westfalen Archive (www.archive.nrw.de). At the bottom of this post are my specific questions. ...
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Kollenborn in Romanshorn, Switzerland

It seems that my mother's family, Kollenborn, came from Romanshorn, Switzerland, near the German border and the Bodensee/Lake Constance (Konstanz). I have found Kollenborn to be an extremely rare ...