Switzerland, Schaffhausen, Stein am Rhein, Church Records and other Miscellaneous City Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Stein am Rhein, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
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Location of Stein am Rhein, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
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Record Description
Record Type: Church and Miscellaneous
Collection years: 1434-1904
Languages: German, French
Title in the Language: Schweiz, Schaffhausen, Stein am Rhein, Stadt, Kirchenbücher und andere Sonstiges Stadt Records, 1434-1904
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What Is in the Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of church records and other miscellaneous records including marines, emigration, notorial, and tax records from Stein am Rhein, Schaffhausen, Switzerland. It also includes church records for the neighboring village of Burg. Stein am Rhein has its roots as medieval city on the modern border between Germany and Switzerland on the Rhein River. German King Henry II selected the city as a site for an abbey, which helped create its status as a trade and religious center. Today, it has one of the best preserved medieval city centers in Europe.


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  • Date and place of event
  • Names of other family members
  • Names of witnesses

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How Do I Search the Collection?[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records indexes in the country.
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  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
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  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
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