Monday, August 31, 2015
My most popular post on Switzerland is the post, 138 year Closure Period for Records in Switzerland. Obviously those that research would like to have access to later records. Genealogy seems to spark the interest of a few people in every family. Since the closure period is across the board for birth, marriage, and death records, it basically affects is 160 to 170 years when it comes to research which is back before 1850. Most countries closure period are not the same for births, marriages and death records; the closure period for deaths typically being in the 50 to 75 year time period. For those living today, one has access to ancestors’ records that lived 4 to 5 generations ago who were alive in 1875. This Swiss law has basically hindered genealogical research in its country for the past few generations. Switzerland is known for its banking and digital privacy laws. How that translates into people researching their ancestors I don’t know. A great great grandfathers records are closed and considered private to prying eyes. If you’re doing descendant research it would be great great uncles, aunts also cousins many generations removed from a direct line ancestor.