Are you interested in your ancestors in Switzerland? Are you unsure how to proceed? Are you looking for help?
If you have decided to hire a professional genealogist, I would be pleased to help you.
You can decide how extensive the genealogy research shall be. From 6-10 hours, a simple work (going back, in most cases, to about 1800) is possible. Just checking a few dates will take little time.
The investigated data remain with the customer and are not passed on to third parties and not published on the internet by me.
I can give you a cost estimate with only a few details from you. These details will help me to better advise you.
If your information dates earlier than 1875/1900, I would need an attorney.
Every Swiss person has been a citizen of a native community, even when he or his ancestors have lived in another town for a long time. All changes in data, such as a birth, wedding, death etc. have to be informed to this special community. Until 1875 the data were set down by pastors in church records (most of them now on microfilms in the State archives of every Canton). After this time civil records were obligatory. In the 18th century and earlier, pastors wrote mostly only the necessary details. Therefore, unfortunately, a family connection can often not be proved. Around 1825 the introduction of very helpful family registers started in many Cantons.
To do research it is necessary to know this native community. If this information is not available, it is possible to use an exact date of a major event (baptism or wedding) if it uses a less common Swiss name.
When a woman married, she took on not only the name, but also the native community of her husband, so that all of her dates were set down in his civil register or church book. The search for these data is not impossible but will take more time as it might extend to registers in other Cantons. fur s
trict data security I am not able to do any research for living persons in the 20th century.
The emigration dates of the Canton of Bern were set down in special books from 1838 - 1913. Between 1855 and 1859 and after 1887, unfortunately, only the names and passport numbers were given but further details were missing (age, native community, etc.) so that an identification is not possible. In some districts there are passport registers of different periods of time.
Emigration dates were normally not set down in citizen records. The only place to find them is in the passport registers.
Ship passenger lists are available in the U.S. and only in parts of Switzerland.
Do not forget that men crossed the border without passports because of various reasons, such as avoiding the army, debts, criminal offences etc.
Genealogy starts with the living relatives and ends where there is missing data, inaccuracy or too many people with the same name and without any exact details. Genealogy is typically studied through the male lines; however, one should not forget the woman lines, as they could hold surprises.
What is the difference between an ancestors table and a family tree?
A family tree starts with an ancestor and lists all descendants. The ancestor table is exactly the opposite, it starts with a younger person, and the next parent couples are listed respectively. This allows for the inclusion of woman lines, but neglects brothers and sisters.
Who has not seen old documents and been unable to understand them? Much experience and exercise is necessary to be able to read old documents. I have transcribed all sorts of documents in my years of activity. It is these papers that bring family history to life and give us the most profound understanding of life in earlier times. Depending on the area, author and preservation in the archives, these documents include wills, inheriting starts, purchases, sale and marriage contracts and many other interesting papers.
Houses are also a part of family history. Many houses have an interesting past, which is worthwhile to research. Unfortunately, the archive inventory is very different from that of the genealogy archives.
The aim of my research is in the preparation of a book. For many this is a creative challenge, for which I offer my expertise.