Lutzenberg Parish, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland Genealogy

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Guide to Lutzenberg 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]

Lutzenberg is located in the former district of Vorderland. It is the smallest parish in Appenzell-Ausserrhoden. The parish consists of two hamlets, Haufen-Brenden and Wienacht-Tobel.  The church is located outside of the parish.

Lutzenberg has an area of 2.3 square kilometers (0.89 square miles). The area is used thusly:

55.5% agriculture
25.1% forest
19.4% settlement

Click here for a geographical map of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, including Lutzenberg.

History[edit | edit source]

Lutzenberg was first mentioned in 1634. It belonged to the political parish of Kurzenberg (then a part of the church parish of Thal, which was disbanded in 1666. It remained part of the church parish of Thal, to which it belongs today. In 1667, the population was 518. By 1734, Lutzenberg had 847 residents, which fell to 700 by 1813. In 1850, Lutzenberg had a population of 908.

Place Names[edit | edit source]

Locations within Lutzenberg[edit | edit source]

Blatten
Brenden
Büchel
Bülachen
Fuchsacker
Gitzbühl
Grund
Haufen
Hellbühl
Hof

Kapf
Kellen
Lutzenberg
Oberhof
Schwendi
Tobel
Tobelmühle
Tolen
Wienacht-Tobel

Surrounding Parishes[edit | edit source]

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

Eggersriet (Sankt Gallen)
Heiden
Rheineck (Sankt Gallen)
Rorschacherberg (Sankt Gallen)
Sankt Margrethen (Sankt Gallen)
Thal (Sankt Gallen)
Walzenhausen
Wolfhalden

Collections[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Lutzenberg was never its own parish, but belonged to the parish of Thal, which was united with the parish of Rheineck until 1716. The records pertaining to Lutzenberg were filmed by the Family History Library and can be found here. Records held by the Family History Library include baptisms (Taufen) 1761-1868, marriages (Heiraten) 1761-1839, and deaths (Tote) 1761-1866. Records after this time period are available at the Cantonal Archive in Herisau, Switzerland.

Family books (Familienbuch) of Lutzenberg are available in the rectory of Thal:

Volume 1 (1834) - household visitation book
Volumes 2-3 (1840) - family register

A family book created about 1740 has been microfilmed by the Family History Library.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records, taken by the Zürich Synod, exist for Lutzenberg. The census are enumerated under the parish of Thal for the following years:

Census Year FHL Film number item number beginning page
1634 1185140 2 803
1637 1185142 2 601
1640 1185144 1 805
1643 1185147 1 783
1646 1185148 2 959
1649 1185150 1 479
1652 1185150 3 1317
1672 1185156 1 29
1678 1185157 2 681
1684 1185161 3 445
1685 1185161 2 1
1711 1185172 2 419

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

(see here for article describing Swiss compiled genealogies)

The following genealogies have been researched for Lutzenberg families:

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)

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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

Zivilstandsamt Vorderland Appenzell Ausserrhoden
St. Gallerstrasse 9
Postfach 13
CH - 9038 Rehetobel

Tel: +41 71 878 70 20

email: jeannette.eisenhut@rehetobel.ar.ch

Surnames[edit | edit source]

The following surnames held citizenship in Lutzenberg prior to 1875:

Bänziger
Hohl
Keller
Kriemler (extinct)
Leuch

Lutz
Niederer
Schwalm
Tobler
Züst

Related Sources[edit | edit source]

The town's website (in German) is located 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