Grenchen Parish, Solothurn, Switzerland Genealogy

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Guide to Grenchen parish, Solothurn, Switzerland ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Geography[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

A Catholic parish church was located in Grenchen. The parish covers of about 10 square miles and had a total population of about 750 people in 1798 and about 1600 people in 1850. Prior to 1709 Bettlach parish belonged to the parish of Grenchen.

Place Names[edit | edit source]

Municipalities within Grenchen[edit | edit source]

Gemeinden or Municipalities

Surrounding Parishes[edit | edit source]

Grenchen Gemeinde[edit | edit source]

Surnames[edit | edit source]

The community or gemeinde of Grenchen was the heimat or ancestral home for over 40 surnames. The Register of Swiss Surnames provides the surnames associated with every gemeinde or community in Switzerland. The register provides correct spellings for surnames and place names.

Locations[edit | edit source]

A google map of Grenchen shows it in relation to the surrounding area.

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

There are numerous compiled genealogies that have been created since 1900; however, they need to verified by researching the parish registers since it has been proven that a percentage of them are inaccurate.

The following genealogies have been researched for Grenchen families:

Collections[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Guide to Grenchen online Kirchenbuch

film item Time period Description Online Record
1608554 3 1586-1604 baptism, marriages,confirmation here
1608554 4 1604-1665 baptism, marriages, deaths, confirmation here
1608554 5 1666-1835 marriages, deaths, here
1608554 6 1666-1742 baptism here
1608554 7 1743-1836 baptism here

Civil Registration

film item Time period Description Online Record
1687935 1 1836-1850 Births, marriages, death here
1687935 2 1851-1863 Births, marriages, deaths here
1687935 3 1864-1875 Births,deaths here
1688055 1 1864-1875 deaths, marriages here

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Grenchen is located in Lebern District. Probate records are on online from 1678 to 1850. There is a comprehensive index of the 26 microfilms in this collection that are now online. The index and records in this collection cover the west part of Lebern District. This includes the communites of - Grenchen, Bettlach, Selzach, and Lommiswil.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Related Sources[edit | edit source]

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

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Register of Swiss Surnames

Historical Gazetteer of Switzerland