"Luck is on your path, one takes it, the other passes it by" - Swiss proverb. Are you lucky, or Swiss? [closed]

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A Project for all things Swiss, bringing together genealogists who share Swiss ancestry and are interested in the people, culture, and history of Switzerland.

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WikiTree profile: Space:Switzerland
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Keith Hathaway G2G6 Pilot (606k points)
closed by Paula J
J. Edgar Hoover has Swiss roots, his maternal grandparents.  Hoover-1892.
My ancestor's and kin in Orangeburg included Deramus, Giessendanner, Leysath, Whetstone, Bonnett, Stoudenmire....
Hello. My ancestors were Ebersohl's. Peter was born in Bern Switzerland, 27 Jan 1689. He died in Dauphin PA, USA. The name and spelling would eventually change to Eversole, my great grandmother's maiden name. My great grandmother was born and lived in Perry County Kentucky. I am interested in any other connections to this lineage. Thank you!
My great grandfather was Solomon Secrest from Switzerland. He and his brother and father came up the Mississippi from New Orleans.  Solomon started a hardware store in Manhattan, Kansas, and his brother went off to fight in the Indian Wars on the side of the Indians.  My father, DeForest Secrest  Hungerford, was the son of Caroline Dorothy Secrest and George Hungerford. Somewhere I have more info but since moving I'm not sure where it is.  I am very interested in joining the search for Swiss ancestors.  Dorothy Willis
My Surber ancestors are of Swiss origin.  Our original ancestor, Henry Surber, arrived with his father and sister aboard the Mercury in 1735.
I would like to join the group.  I am descended from families Venetz, Nellen, Kummer, Imhof, Stucky, Ittig, Schwery, Minnig, Rosser, and Siber in Ried-Mörel, Canton Valais
Hello! If it is not too late to join, I would like to be a part of this project. My Swiss ancestors in my direct line arrived here in about 1714 and settled in the Lancaster, PA area. Thank You! Jodie
Glad to have you, but I'm not the one in charge.  Go back to Wikitree, and check it out.  George
Hello!  My husband's paternal grandmother's family is Swiss -- emigrating to the USA in the late 1800s.  I am loading up his entire paternal side to the site from my FTM/Ancestry tree.  Some of it is sourced, some of it is not.  While I have been an off and on again user of WikiTree for years, my knowledge of style rules is limited.  I find that I rarely have the time to do the serious editing needed to make the gedcom upload look presentable.  I will try to hammer away at it of course, but be patient with me.  Thank you!
Welcome to all new members of the Switzerland project! Please contact me if I have not added a badge to your profile.

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I have some Swiss ancestors on both sides. I'm too busy with selling, buying and moving into a new house to be a project leader, but I will add, Swiss, to the profiles.
by Randi Rivenbark G2G2 (2.9k points)
That sounds great Randi, thank you for your reply and interest in the project.  We appreciate all contributions!
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My husband's family on his mother's side is from Bern, Switzerland.  Several families actually came to America and together they founded the town of Bern, Kansas.  Many Swiss families in that area.  Strahm-14, Mathys Strahm, and Rothlisberger-68, Barbara Anna Marie Rothlisberger, were his mother's great great grandparents.

Some of the other surnames in that area or their ancestors are Fankhauser, Meyer, Swartz, Gerber, Blaser.

I would like to be part of the group, please, to be kept up to date with the project.  Thanks! 

by Marie Keeton G2G3 (3.8k points)
Rothlisbergers came from the Lagnau area and some married into the Gerber family. You can find some info on this line at www.gerberfamily.org

I am descended from Gerber, Kipfer and Aeshliman from the Lagnau area and from Zbinden in the Murten area.

Put me in the group, I'll do what I can.
Yes, also from the Lagnau area.  I know there are some Aeshlimans back in the line as well.  I will definitely check out that website for the Gerbers.  Thank-you!
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I have Swiss ancestors from Schauffhausen, named Gasser, or Gösser, and Schlatter, who settled in Southern Indiana in the 1850s. The town they settled in is called Tell City.” Tell City traces its 150+ year old roots to a meeting in CincinnatiOhio, in November 1856. A group of Swiss-German immigrants met there to organize a society known as the "Swiss Colonization Society." Its purpose was to obtain affordable homesteads for mechanics, shopkeepers, factory workers and small farmers in a location where all could live in harmony.” (Wikipedia)

by Amy Atkinson G2G Rookie (290 points)
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Yeah! A Swiss Project. I would really like to join this. I have one ancestor from Switzerland, [[Ehrmann-27| Nathan Ehrmann]]   He left in 1856. I have trouble finding reliable sources for his Swiss ancestors.
by Shirley Davis G2G6 Mach 3 (36.2k points)
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I've just added a Bohren One Name Study to the site and would be interested in taking part in the Switzerland Project.  I have Grindelwald and Steffisburg ancestry and copies of the church records for both - am happy to help other researchers as and when I can.

Am also particularly interested in the surname Joder / Yoder - my next project perhaps?
Hi Nicky,

Please log into WikiTree and post again so that I can find your profile to award the badge. Thanks!
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As it happens, I was on the verge of having enough unconnected branches with Swiss profiles in them to create a Switzerland section in the "Let others know what locations you are working on" page for the Connectors Project, so now that this project is launching, I'm going ahead and adding it. There are more branches for me to add, but I've made a start here.

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (444k points)
+2 votes

I've made some research concerning the canton of Bern. tell me, if you need some help and what.

by Björn Lohnert G2G2 (2.9k points)

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