Wolfhalden Parish, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland Genealogy

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

Karte Gemeinde Wolfhalden 2010.png

Geography[edit | edit source]

Wolfhalden has an area of 7 square kilometers (2.7 square miles). The area is used thusly:

58% agriculture
30.5% forest
11.4% settlement
0.1% non-productive

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

History[edit | edit source]

In 1650, Heiden and Wolfhalden couldn't agree about the control over the church. This led to the creation of a church in each village in 1652, making them independent.

Place Names[edit | edit source]

Locations within Wolfhalden[edit | edit source]

Altenstein
Augste
Boden
Bruggmühle
Bruggtobel
Bühlen
Ebnet
Fürmsen
Gmeindli
Guggen
Guggenbühel
Hasle
Heitersberg

Hinteregg
Hinterergeten
Hinterhasle
Hinterlochen
Höhe
Högli
inneres Holz
Hub
Kaltenbrunnen
Kellen
Klaren
Klus
Lehn

Lindenberg
Lippenreute
Lüchli
Luchten
Mühlpass
Mühltobel
Obergatter
Oedlehn
Plätzli
Rank
Ris
Scheibe

Schönenbühl
Sommersberg
Sonder
Striland
Tanne
Tobelmühle
Unterach
Unterwolfhalden
Weid
Wolfhalden
Wüschbach
Zelg

Surrounding Parishes[edit | edit source]

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

Heiden
Lutzenberg
Oberegg (Appenzell Innerrhoden)
Thal (Sankt Gallen)
Walzenhausen

Collections[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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

Wolfhalden was established as a Reformed protestant parish in 1652 from the parishes of Grub and Rheineck. Records held by the Family History Library include baptisms (Taufen), marriages (Heiraten), and burials (Toten) 1652-1875.

Family books (Familienbuch) are available, unless otherwise noted, at the Cantonal Archive for the following years:

Volume 1 (1736) - household visitation
Volume 2 (1819) - household visitation
Volume 3 (1820/1826) - household visitation
Volume 4 (1830) - household visitation
Volume 5 (1830) - citizen family register, also available here at the Family History Library
Volume 6 (1834) - household visitation
Volume 7 (1840) - household visitation
Volume 8 (1844) - household visitation
Volume 9 (1844) - household visitation
Volume 10 (1852) - household visitation
Volume 11 (1856) - household visitation
Volume 12 (1863) - household visitation

Census Records[edit | edit source]

(see here for article describing the Zürich census records)

The following censuses are available for Wolfhalden. They are cataloged under Thal:

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

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

(see here for article describing Swiss compiled genealogies)

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)
Sturzenegger family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 193,485)
Tobler family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 128,006; see also FHL Film 193,485 and 193,486)
Tobler family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 962,837; see also FHL Film 193,485 and 193,486)
Walser family, by Julius Billeter (FHL Film 193,486)

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Civil registration began in 1876. Wolfhalden 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 Wolfhalden prior to 1875:

Anhorn (extinct)
Bänziger
Bischofberger (extinct)
Bruderer
Graf
Herzig
Hohl
Kellenberger

Keller
Künzler
Lendenmann/Lindenmann
     (extinct)
Lutz
Meier/Meyer (extinct)
Niederer
Nänni/Nänny

Schwalm
Sonderegger (extinct)
Sturzenegger
Tanner
Tobler
Walser
Zürcher
Züst

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