Resources for the Municipality of Grabs

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Municipality of Grabs

Werdenberg Castle.

Long the seat of the ruling masters and located in the municipality of Grabs, the castle of Werdenberg straddles the border between the municipalities of Grabs and Buchs. The castle is maintained as a museum and the associated old houses are heritage listed and serve as living and workspaces for local artisans and shop keepers. The constituency of Werdenberg was named after the castle and the immediate area around the castle which is still locally known as 'Werdenberg' or 'Städtli'.

Genealogy Resources

The state archive in St. Gallen (see Staatsarchiv St. Gallen) has made church registers for many municipalities in St. Gallen available online and for free. Where the last year in the register is less than 100 years old, the register remains unavailable online. However, FamilySearch has some of these more recent available at their online family history associates. For the most part, they have not been indexed and need to be browsed page by page.

The following table provides links to the online registers and the FamilySearch resources where they provide further resources. Unfortunately, the earliest records were destroyed in a fire. The surviving registers cover 1733 - ca. 1932. Note that the records are only for the Reformed Church. The only Catholic church until fairly recent was located in the neighbouring municipality of Gams.

Volume Link or FamilySearch reference
Tauf-, Ehe- und Totenbuch, 1733-1800
Tauf-, Konfirmanden-, Ehe- und Totenbuch, 1780-1824
Tauf-, Konfirmanden-, Ehe- und Totenbuch, 1825-1839
Konfirmandenbuch, 1827-1921
Konfirmanden- und Ehebuch, 1839-1923
Taufbuch, 1839-1886
Taufbuch, 1886-1912
Totenbuch, 1839-1932
Bürgerregister Band 1, 1785-1895
Bürgerregister Band 2, 1845-1912
Familienbuch I, 1821-1898
Familienbuch II, 1809-1860
Familienbuch III, 1850-1905
Register zu Familienbücher, I - IV
Beissassennamensregister P2 4.2, 1830-
Beissassennamensregister P2 4.3, 1831-1914
Familienbuch P2 4.4, 1800-1868

Taufe: Christening; Ehe: Marriage; Toten: Burial; Konfirmanden: Confirmation (around the age of 17); Bürger: Citizen; Familien: Family; Beissassen: Non-citizen

Often 8 primary sources can be found:

  • Entries for christening, confirmation, marriage, and burial
  • Father's bürger and family register entry (starting around 1800)
  • Husband's bürger and family register entry (starting around 1800)

It is worth remembering that while entries in the bürger and family registers were often made at the time of the event, sometimes they were left for some time and the pastor would then find a missing date from the other registers. As a result, mistakes may have been introduced.

Happy Hunting ...


Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz: Link to Grabs Available in German, French and Italian


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