Location: Grabs, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
Surnames/tags: Switzerland St. Gallen Werdenberg
Municipality of Grabs
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'.
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.
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.
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Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz: Link to Grabs Available in German, French and Italian
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