Canton St.Gall (SG)

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GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

St.Gallen is situated in the North-East corner of Switzerland, next to Germany (across Lake Konstanz), Austria and Liechtenstein. The capital is the City of St.Gallen.

There are 90 communities in 14 districts in Kanton St.Gallen: Map (districts) and list of communes

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DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

Total population: 440'744 (incl. 18.2 % foreigners)

Population in major communities: see Map (districts) and list of communes

Language: German

Confessions: 60% Roman Catholic, 33% Reformed

Professions: total working population 217'724 (100 %)
- bold: more than 5 % / italic : more than twice Swiss average

- farming: 4.15 % (CH total : 3.46 %)
- forestry and gardening: 0.54 (0.61) %

- energy, water supply, mining: 0.46 (0.69) %
- food, drink, tobacco industries: 2.26 (1.73) %
- textile, fashion, leather, shoes: 4.20 (1.35) %
- wood industries: 2.39 (1.76) %
- paper, graphical industry: 2.46 (2.19) %
- chemical industry: 1.07 (1.63) %
- plastic, rubber industries: 1.69 (0.57) %
- mining of stone and earth: 0.88 (0.79) %
- metal, engine building, car industry, electrotech. industry: 12.68 (9.63) %
- watches, jewellery: 0.07 (0.85) %
- building industry: 9.49 (8.79) %
- other industries: 0.53 (0.50) %

- commerce: 16.68 (16.85) %
- hotel and catering: 3.89 (4.40) %
- transport, communications: 5.07 (6.16) %
- banks, insurances: 10.74 (13.71) %
- education, research: 5.17 (5.68) %
- health care: 4.92 (5.82) %
- public administration: 2.87 (4.34) %
- other (trade and admin): 3.81 (4.88) %

- unknown: 3.99 (3.63) %

Source: Der Kanton St.Gallen in Zahlen 1996/97; Staatskanzlei St.Gallen mit finanzieller Unterstützung durch die St.Gallische Kantonalbank.

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HISTORY

(unfortunately in German and French versions only)

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GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

The local genealogical society is
GENEALOGISCH-HERALDISCHE GESELLSCHAFT OSTSCHWEIZ

If you have questions about genealogical research in Kanton St.Gallen you may contact

Just keep in mind, that all these volunteers are amateur genealogists, answering your questions in their spare time.
==> please give them sufficient time to respond <==

You are further invited to discuss your questions with other researchers interested in canton St.Gall on the "Genealogieforum St.Gallen" (dialogue in German or French). The archive is open to visitors to read; in order to be able to respond or start a new thread, however, registration (free of charge) is required. When posting, please, keep in mind that only topics related to St.Gallen should be placed here; for topics related to other regions, please, change to the corresponding canton or to the forum for Switzerland in general (dialogue in German or French).

The local historical society is
HISTORISCHER VEREIN DES KANTONS ST.GALLEN

St.Gallen is also covered by the
VEREIN FÜR DIE GESCHICHTE DES BODENSEES UND SEINER UMGEBUNG

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OTHER USEFUL ADDRESSES

County Archive and Libraries:
Staatsarchiv
Regierungsgebaeude
CH - 9000 St.Gallen

Kantonsbibliothek (Vadiana)
Notkerstr. 22
CH - 9000 St.Gallen
Abbey Archive and Library:
Stiftsarchiv
Regierungsgebaeude
CH - 9000 St.Gallen

Stiftsbibliothek (visit the Baroque Hall and the "virtual library"!)
Klosterhof 6d
CH - 9000 St.Gallen
City Archives:
Stadtarchiv Vadiana
Notkerstr. 22
CH - 9000 St.Gallen
Ämterarchiv (Bücher)
Dokumente des 13. bis 20. Jahrhunderts aus dem Stadtarchiv St.Gallen

Stadtarchiv Wil
Baronenhaus
Marktgasse 73
CH - 9500 Wil

Register of libraries and archives in Canton St.Gallen.

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NON-GENEALOGICAL PAGES ON THE CANTON

1. Official Home Page of Kanton

2. Home Pages of Tourist Offices and the like:

3. Private Pages on Kanton:

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GENEALOGICAL INFORMATION

1. Family Pages

2. Sources

List of all locations, for which sources have been filmed by LDS (the Mormons).

The church records of Canton St.Gall.

Genalogical information supplied by "Ortsbuergergemeinde" (city of) St.Gallen (in German)
(surname index of citizens' register "Bürgerbuch 2000")

Ortsfamilienbuch Rebstein (Register of the citizen families of Rebstein)

Genealogies of Wartau (compiled by Jakob Kuratli)

Fäh Johann: Zur Geschlechterkunde des Gasters (families of the Gaster region)

Marriages in Uznach SG (1612 - 1822) involving foreigners

Die 14 alten Widnauer Bürgergeschlechter (old families of Widnau)

Stiftsarchiv St.Gallen: genealogical sources (in German)

Sources on emigration from canton St.Gallen

City Archive St.Gallen (Vadiana): Ämterarchiv (Bücher) (in German)

Die Gründungszeit des Kantons St.Gallen in den Protokollen des Bezirksarztes Falk im Distrikt Gossau (The era of foundation of canton St.Gallen as seen by the Dr.Falk, physician of the region of Gossau)

Biographical data on persons involved in local and regional transport in Eastern Switzerland (in German - but mostly selfexplanatory tables)

Genealogical collection of Fritz Müller of Waldtsatt AR and Fischenthal ZH (in German)

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BIBLIOGRAPHY AND LITERATURE

Publication series "St.Galler Kultur und Geschichte"

Neujahrsblätter des Historischen Vereins des Kantons St.Gallen
Register of memorial lists in the above (in German - but mostly selfexplanatory tables)

Recent publications on St.Gallen and Switzerland

Bibliography on Ulrich Bräker (1735-1798)

Looser Families of the Toggenburg Valley

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MISCELLANEOUS

Ostschweizer (Familien-) Geschichte aktuell: calendar of events and publications related to genealogy and history in Eastern Switzerland (in German).

Geschichte der Stadt Wil (History of the city of Wil SG with many historical and up-to-date pictures)

Mediengeschichte des Kantons St.Gallen (History of press and other media in canton St.Gallen, also including periodical publications of genealogical interest)

frauenbibliothek wyborada

Archiv für Frauen- und Geschlechtergeschichte Ostschweiz
St.Leonhardstr. 63
CH - 9000 St.Gallen
Tel. und Fax: +41 71 222 99 64
e-mail: frauenarchiv.ostschweiz@bluewin.ch

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