Swiss Parish Registers

During the Old Swiss Confederacy, usually, the only vital records kept about ordinary people were found in the parish registers maintained by the local Pastor. This was true across Switzerland's many linguistic, territorial, and religious boundary lines. These records noted the Baptisms, marriages, and deaths of parishioners. As such, the parish registers are indispensable gems. 

However, the ability to access these records varies widely by Canton. By and large, accessibility can be broken down into three categories: 

Canton of Aargau (Only the parishes of Gontenschwil, Leerau, and Rued)

Canton of Appenzell-Ausserrhoden 

Canton of Basel-Landschaft

Canton of Basel-Stadt

Canton of Bern (All parishes except for Frutigen, Guttannen, Lenk im Simmental, and Saanen)

Canton of Geneva

Canton of Lucerne

Canton of Neuchâtel

Canton of Sankt Gallen

Canton of Schaffhausen; City of Schaffhausen

Canton of Ticino 

Canton of Vaud

Canton of Uri (Family Name Books only not the Parish Registers) 

City of Zürich

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Canton of Aargau (Only the parishes of Baden, Brugg, Laufenburg, Mühlethal, Oftringen, Rümlisberg, Strengelbach, Vordemwald, Wettingen, Würenlos, Zofingen, and Zurzach)

Canton of Appenzell-Innerrhoden

Canton of Graubünden

Canton of Jura

Canton of Solothurn

Canton of Thurgau

Canton of Zürich

Canton of Aargau

Canton of Freiburg

Canton of Glarus

Canton of Nidwalden

Canton of Obwalden

Canton of Schwyz

Canton of Valais

Canton of Zug