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Swiss Surname Finding Aid

Surname Finding Aid for Canton Bern, Alsace, Germany, and Pennsylvania, 1549-1777, compiled by Bruce Fosnocht. Originating out of research into the Binkley (Binggeli, Binckli, et al) family, this project grew to include transcriptions of every birth, marriage, and death entry in the earliest church books of the Wahlern and Guggisberg parishes in Canton Bern. It also includes data from tax/tithe lists, church court manuals, Pastor’s registers, and many published reports about the Anabaptist movement of the district Schwarzenburg. There are added entries for Binggelis and their associated surnames from the church books of every parish within about 25 km of Guggisberg and data on those Bincklis who moved from Canton Bern through Alsace and Germany. Click here for a detailed explanation of this project, including a listing of surnames included. For detailed explanation of these files, begin with the first file titled A SURNAME FINDING AID. The other files include transcriptions of every birth, marriage, and death entry in the earliest church books of Wahlern and Guggisberg parishes in Canton Bern. They also include data from tax/tithe lists, church court manuals, Pastor’s registers, and many published reports about the Anabaptist movement of the district Schwarzenburg. There are added entries for Binggelis and their associated surnames from the church books of every parish within about 25 km of Guggisberg and data on those Bincklis who moved from Canton Bern through Alsace and Germany. The files contain data sorted and saved in various ways to assist in research.
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