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Fribourg, Switzerland
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Location of Fribourg, Switzerland
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Record Description
Record Type: Census
Collection years: 1831
Languages: German, French
Title in the Language: Schweiz, Freiburg, Volkszählung, 1831; Suisse, Fribourg, Recensement, 1831
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Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg


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They are primarily statistical censuses only--they give the number of individuals living at a house, but very few names are included. Of those that are included, many are often the proprietor rather than the occupant. Many images contain no names whatsoever. The original records are located in the Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg, Switzerland.

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