Walzenhausen Parish, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland Genealogy
Guide to Walzenhausen Parish, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
Geography[edit | edit source]
Walzenhausen is located in the eastern foothills of the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden. Walzenhausen lies in a valley that flows toward the southeast to Sankt Margrethen. The lowest point of the parish is at 509 meters above sea level, while the highest is at 947 meters. The area of Walzenhausen (698 hectares, 7 square kilometers, or 2.7 square miles) is divided into:
Residential: 92 hectares (13.1%)
Agriculturally-developed areas: 367 hectares (52.4%)
Forest: 242 hectares (34.4%)
Click here for a geographical map of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, including Walzenhausen.
History[edit | edit source]
Walzenhausen was first mentioned in 1320 as a farm. The protestant parish of Walzenhausen was established in 1638 from the neighboring parish of Sankt Margrethen, and the church took approximately 9 months to build.
Place Names[edit | edit source]
Locations within Walzenhausen[edit | edit source]
Surrounding Parishes[edit | edit source]
Click here for a map showing Walzenhausen in relation to the rest of Canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden.
Collections[edit | edit source]
Church Records[edit | edit source]
The parish records for Walzenhausen are now available online from the Appenzell Ausserrhoden State Archives. They are organized by volume. Click here to access these records.
Walzenhausen was established as a Reformed protestant parish in 1638 from the parish of Sankt Margrethen. Records held by the Family History Library include baptisms (Taufen) 1638-1870; marriages (Heiraten) 1638-1784 and 1821-1867; and deaths (Toten) 1660-1861. Baptisms 1870-1875, marriages 1784-1820 and 1868-1873, and deaths 1861-1871 are available at the Cantonal Archives in Herisau, Switzerland.
The following family books (Familienbuch) were created in Walzenhausen:
Volume 1 (1762) - household rolls, non-citizens - held in the rectory in Walzenhausen
Volume 2 (1830) - family registers, citizens - available at the FHL here
Volume 3 (1850) - emigration register - held in the rectory in Walzenhausen
Catholics residing in Walzenhausen belonged to the parish of Sankt Margrethen; records begin in 1733.
Census Records[edit | edit source]
(see here for article describing the Zürich census records)
The following censuses are available for Walzenhausen (listed under Sankt Margrethen):
|Census Year||FHL Film number||item number||beginning page|
Genealogies[edit | edit source]
For more information, see the Wiki article Switzerland Compiled Genealogies.
The following genealogies have been researched for Walzenhausen families:
Bärlocher family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 128,091; see also FHL Film 193,467)
Blatter family, by Verla P. Moss (FHL Film 483,562; see also Billeter, FHL Film 128,120)
Keller family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 128,011; see also FHL Film 193,476)
Künzler family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 1,183,714)
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)
Rohner family, by Verla P. Moss (FHL Film 483,562)
Sturzenegger family, by Verla P. Moss (FHL Film 483,562; see also Billeter, FHL Film 193,485)
Civil Registration[edit | edit source]
Civil registration began in 1876. Walzenhausen 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
CH - 9038 Rehetobel
Tel: +41 71 878 70 20
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The following surnames have citizenship in Walzenhausen prior to 1875:
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]
Registry of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, by Mario von Moos