Bühler Parish, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland Genealogy

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Guide to Bühler Parish, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Geography[edit | edit source]

Bühler is located on the north side of the Rotbachtal in the Appenzell Ausserrhoden Mittelland district. Bühler has an area of 5.6 square kilometers (2.2 square miles). The area is used thusly:

26% forests
62.7% agriculture
10.6% settlements
.7% non-productive

Click here for a geographical map of Appenzell, including Bühler.

History[edit | edit source]

Bühler was first mentioned in 1479 as Ullrich Büllershoff. The parish of Bühler was established in 1723 from the parish of Teufen. In 1734, the population was at 1,167. By 1850, it had grown to 1,281 and by 1880 to 1,611.

Place Names[edit | edit source]

Locations within Bühler[edit | edit source]

Au
Brunnern
Buchen
Bühler
Dachsbühl
Ebne
Edelgrub

Grünau
Heermoos
Melsterbühl
Mempfel
Nohblaken
Rämsen
Roggenhalm

Rothalden
Schwantlen
Steig
Steigbach
Weid
Weissegg

Surrounding Parishes[edit | edit source]

Click here for a map showing Bühler in relation to the rest of Canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden.

Gais
Schlatt-Haslen (Appenzell Innerrhoden)
Speicher
Teufen
Trogen

Collections[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

The church records for Bühler are now available online from the Appenzell Ausserrhoden State Archives. They are organized by volume. Click here to access these records.

The protestant parish of Bühler was established in 1723 from the parish of Teufen. Records held by the Family History Library include baptisms (Taufen), marriages (Heiraten), and deaths (Tote) 1724-1875, and confirmations (Konfirmanden) 1803-1829.
Marriage banns (Eheverkundigung) 1842-1875 are available at the rectory in Bühler.
Stillbirths and premature births/deaths (Frühgeburten) 1836-1874 are available at the rectory in Bühler.

The following family books (Familienbuch) are available for Bühler:

Volumes 1-3 (1760) - citizen registers, available at the Cantonal Archive in Herisau, Switzerland.
Volume 4 (1803, 1806, 1810, 1814, 1818, 1821) - household visitations, available at the rectory in Bühler
Volume 5 (1823, 1830) - household visitations, available at the rectory in Bühler
Volume 6 (1832) - non-citizen resident register, available at the rectory in Bühler
Volume 7 (1832) - citizen resident register, available at the rectory in Bühler
Volume 8 (1844) - register, available at the rectory in Bühler
Volume 9 (1848) - household visitations, available at the rectory in Bühler
Volume 10 (1852) - register, available at the rectory in Bühler
Volume 11 (19th century) - non-citizen resident register, available at the rectory in Bühler
Volume 12 (19th century) - non-citizen resident register, available at the rectory in Bühler

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

(see here for article describing Swiss compiled genealogies)

The following genealogies have been researched for Bühler families:

Frehner family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 128,007; see also FHL Film 193,471)
Graf family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 193,473)
Grubenmann family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 193,473)
Lutz family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 127,973; see also FHL Film 193,478)
Niederer family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 127,965; see also FHL Film 193,480)
Preisig family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 128,084)
Zuberbühler family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 128,036)

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Civil registration began in 1876 Bühler belongs to the Mittelland civil registration district. Records are only available in Switzerland.  For further information, contact the civil registry office at:

Zivilstandsamt Mittelland A.Rh.
Postfach 144
CH - 9055 Bühler AR

Tel: +41 71 791 70 91

email: za@buehler.ar.ch

Surnames[edit | edit source]

The following surnames held citizenship in Bühler prior to 1875:

Altherr
Binder
Bruderer (extinct)
Eugster
Fässler
Fisch
Fitze/Fitzi
Frehner
Graf
Grubenmann
Gschwend (extinct)

Hofstetter
Hohl
Höhener
Holderegger (extinct)
Hörler (extinct)
Koller
Kürsteiner
Langenegger
Laubbacher/Lopacher
   (extinct)

Lutz (extinct)
Niederer (extinct)
Oberteufer (extinct)
Oertli (extinct)
Preisig (1834 from
    Schwellbrunn)
Rechsteiner
Roth
Schefer
Signer (extinct)

Sonderegger (extinct)
Stark
Sutter
Tanner (extinct)
Thäler
Ungemuth
Waldburger
Weishaupt
Widmer
Zürcher

Related Sources[edit | edit source]

The town's website (in German) can be found here.

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Cantonal Archive of Appenzell Ausserrhoden (in German)

References[edit | edit source]

Register of Swiss Surnames

Registry of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, by Mario von Moos