SWISS SOURCES: Can the following sources be reliable?

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I found these book source online that will take my Swiss ancestors all the way back to the 1100s. How reliable is it? I am only finding online archival resources back to 1550. Are these books good sources for medieval Swiss genealogy please?


1.  Book: "Snively - Snavely The Swiss Ancestors and
American Descendants of Johann Jacob Schnebele (1659-1743) and
Other Snivelys and Snavelys of Southeastern Pennsylvania"
compiled by Elizabeth F. Washburn, 1986, page 1;  

 2.   Book: "Die Schnewli Von Affoltern Am Albis" by Ernst Albert Lincke, 1939;

in Genealogy Help by Sharon Centanne G2G6 Pilot (151k points)

Can't view the content of the books, but the gist of it seems to be here

I'm guessing that Washburn takes the line wholesale from the Lincke book.

There seem to be RootsWeb threads, which are currently down.


Thank you! So it looks like Lincke is the better or more original source.

I found this source on the Allen County site last night, and it ithe tree s also copied at rootsweb on the Tim Dowling Genealogy page. I first saw the tree on But I want to be careful before adding anything to wikitree that does not include a link to primary source documentation.

So now I guess I need to find out where Lincke got his sources. In 1939, he would have had to do really old fashioned style genealogy, but maybe he lived in Switzerland and had access to the archives.

As I always say, More Research is Necessary :)


Ancestry has the Lincke book, in German, but they want me to upgrade.

FamilySearch has it online but only at a Center.

Something about it here

which only tells me that I wasted my time doing German in school.


Thanks for the link to the German information.:)  I never did take German in school, but have studied it on my own to where I can read some of it. I am seeing references to Offenbach as well as to Affoltern, so this looks like it may be of some value. I may have to ask Google translate to help me with some of the German tho. At least this is printed German and not that old Gothic handwriting I have been struggling with for decades :)
This link is actually an outstanding resource. It is a book written by a woman who lived in Knonau, Zurich, Switzerland and seems to have researched the Affoltern Church Registers. Unfortunately, she passed away in 1951, but her information may be just what we need. Thanks again!
You can dowload the link as a PDF using the cog in the yop right of the link and from there you can use your favourite translation engine to copy and paste section out to read it
Thank you! I will try that!


2 Answers

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Best answer
The oldest church books for Affoltern I can find listed start in 1567. All that means is that whatever sources Lincke cites need to be looked at carefully.
by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (514k points)
selected by Sharon Centanne
+5 votes
Books can be reliable,only if they supply birth,death.marriage records.

If they are not substantuated be wary.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (910k points)
Thank you! I have never seen this book, so I don't know what it contains. I was hoping someone on wikitree had seen it or has a copy. It is used as a source for an online genealogy.



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