Category/Switzerland/Canton Bern, District Schwarzenburg/Parish Guggisberg(and Parish Wahlern a possibility?

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I have the complete church book images of these two parishes (and all those within about 30 km) from inception in the 1500s through about 1700, as well as a personal spreadsheet containing 40,000 line items of data locating most of those families down to the farmstead level. I'd be happy to help anyone who identified an ancestor from Canton Bern, or who wished for me to look for their Swiss family name. How can I help?
in Genealogy Help by Bruce Fosnocht G2G3 (3.9k points)

I'm looking for info Parish Walhern records for the following last names: Staele, Stehli, Stehly, Sthele, Staley, Stehley (or anything similar).

I've gotten as far back as an Ulrich Stehley born in 1700 in Schwarzenburg, emigrating to US in 1732. His parents were Jacob Stehley and Anna Zuter who married in 1697.

My spreadsheet contains every BMD event for Wahlern and Guggisberg for the years before 1700, so you're in luck. For the surname Stahli, I have only 8 marriages and 52 baptisms. It's a rather small family, so It should not be hard to trace your immigrant Ulrich(1700) back to the beginning of the church book.

Ulrich(1700) was the son of Jacob Stahli/Anna Suter, who were married on 1697/03/04, thus born before about 1679. There was only one Jacob Stahli who is eligible. He was born 1672/03/24 to parents Ulrich Stahli/Anna Wachter.

That's the certain next step in your ancestry.

If you wish for me to try to go the rest of the way(which I think I can do), please email me directly, and I'll be happy to try.

It's too cumbersome to send the data from the spreadsheet via this forum.

Bruce Fosnocht
Thank you so much! Followed up with you via email.
Would you have any data on John Jacob Stahly, born 1756, Durhan, Bucks county, Pennsylvania. Died 1810. He or his parents may have immigrated, and probably are of Swiss origin due to DNA matchs with Stehli clan from the Zurich area of Switzerland. Some Stehli's did move to Bern in the earlier years.  He married Anna M. Drach (Tauch) born about 1755 in Bucks County, and died in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, about 1830.


Tom Staley (Stehli clan)

I'm sorry, but I would need the names of his parents who were born in Europe before my Swiss records would be helpful.

Do you have any records of his birth or baptism in Bucks County church records?


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Are there any Derrendinger / Darendinger surnames in the books?  They mostly lived in the Solothurn area but some might have been in Bern too.  I know one group moved to Alsace Lorainne, France in any case.  Schleup or related names are also of interesting since it was Stephen Darendenger and his wife Maryanne Schleup who came to the US in 1858 with their 3 oldest (of 10) children.
by Living Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (449k points)

Sorry, but there is no name even close to yours in my records, but my records are pre-1736.


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