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Swiss Ancestors
« on: Monday 06 May 19 10:03 BST (UK) »
Can anyone advise if its possible to search Swiss archives online? In particular, I need the censuses for the Neuchatel canton between 1850 and 1870. I am searching for the family of my Great great grandmother Pauline Borel (father Francois Edouard)

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Re: Swiss Ancestors
« Reply #1 on: Monday 06 May 19 10:19 BST (UK) »
Welcome to Rootschat.    :)

FamilySearch.org has some Swiss records;  you need to join but it is free.

https://www.familysearch.org/
Howard , Viney , Kingsman, Pain/e, Rainer/ Rayner, Barham, George, Wakeling (Catherine), Vicary (Frederick)   all LDN area/suburbs  Ottley/ MDX,
Henman/ KNT   Gandy/LDN before 1830  Burgess/LDN
Barham/SFK   Rainer/CAN (Toronto) Gillians/CAN  Sturgeon/CAN (Vancouver)
Bailey/LDN Page/KNT   Paling/WA (var)



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Re: Swiss Ancestors
« Reply #2 on: Monday 06 May 19 10:58 BST (UK) »
Thanks, I've already looked at Family Search with no luck. My ancestor did not emigrate to USA; she came to England. I have been to Switzerland and got some info from the archives in Neuchatel but need further information. I need to search censuses

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Re: Swiss Ancestors
« Reply #3 on: Monday 06 May 19 11:15 BST (UK) »
I have been told by Swiss friends (and I hope I have got this right) that the local Gemeinde where someone was born is the place to contact for someoneís birth certificate and other family information. I expect you have already done that.

I have also been told that the place where the family comes is also important as family members information is recorded in their originating Gemeinde so if you know that they may be worth contacting.

The local church might be helpful as well.

My understanding is that the Swiss census records do not hold as much information as in other countries so may not be as useful but I havenít actually seen any.

You have probably also seen the Historical Dictionary of Switzerland www.hls-dis-dss.ch

You probably know all the above but it might be helpful to others

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« Reply #4 on: Monday 06 May 19 11:26 BST (UK) »
Thank you for your reply. I have already studied the available records (in French) for the Canton of Neuchatel,(I visited the State Archives at the Chateau de Neuchatel) for  my Great great grandmother, Pauline Borel and I found her brother in the 1869 census and the birth and marriage of her Father in the relevant books. (Both were named Francois Edouard).

However, although I know from her marriage certificate where and approx when she was born, I have not found the birth record. I wanted to know if there was another way to trace her?