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Research on BRYNER

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Re: Research on BRYNER

Posted: 1360855231000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Bryner
I saw your query on the Switzerland message board about Adolph Bryner. Did you locate his baptism?

The sources for genealogy in Switzerland are almost entirely local -- very few indexes for the individual Cantons, and almost nothing (except for famous people) at the Federal level. Therefore, research has to focus on records from individual towns or parishes. The situation in Geneva is a little different, since there is only one major population center in the Canton, the city of Geneva, with excellent records.

Besides the extensive records on the web site of the Archives d'Etat de Genève, there are two other sources that you should be aware of. First, the church records that are not yet on the archives web site are available on microfilm through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City -- the catalogue is on the web site, and you can have the microfilms sent to your local LDS Family History Center for a very small fee. Use this method whenever you find your family in the indexes on the archives web site, but the volume you need from the church records is not yet digitized.

Second, the newspapers from Geneva have been completely digitized and indexed. See .

As the trail leads you from one Swiss town to the next, the first place to check for records is the Family History Library catalogue. They were able to microfilm the church records from a very large part of Switzerland. The microfilms are by far the easiest and least expensive way to trace your Swiss roots.

The records in most of Switzerland will be in French or German. Don't let this discourage you! Your ancestors learned French and German, and so can you -- at least enough to pursue your genealogy!

John McCoy
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