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Trying to find relative from Basel

Hello, I have been searching for information on how to go about this for years but never seem to get any close to finding out..

I am looking to find my father who is from and as far I am aware is located in Basel. All i have to go on is his name, and the name of the person he married (in Basel, my mother). I know a rough year of birth and year of marriage but nothing else. He made contact throughout my chlildhood but unfortauntely I never knew of this until years later so I am confident he would be open to contact.

I am unsure of how to go about trying to locate somebody, or even where to go to find the marriage certificate. Would anybody have any idea of how to approach this? I will be visiting the area in a couple of weeks and would love to find out more.
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Re: Trying to find relative from Basel

To locate someone in Switzerland when the name is known, you might try the telephone directory:

http://tel.search.ch/

The civil registry office (Zivilstandsamt) for his place-of-origin (Heimatort) should have details on his birth, his and your mother's marriage, your birth, etc., providing these events occurred in Switzerland. You would have legal access (Einsichtsrecht) to at least some of these records. This is the website page to obtain documents from the Basel-Stadt Zivilstandsamt:

http://www.bdm.bs.ch/Zivilstand/Weit...rauszuege.html

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Re: Trying to find relative from Basel

Maybe you can ask the British Red Cross, they operate a person tracing service. If you ask your mother for a copy of her marriage certificate it would be a great help.
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The civil registry office (Zivilstandsamt) for his place-of-origin (Heimatort) should have details on his birth, his and your mother's marriage, your birth, etc., providing these events occurred in Switzerland. You would have legal access (Einsichtsrecht) to at least some of these records. This is the website page to obtain documents from the Basel-Stadt Zivilstandsamt:

http://www.bdm.bs.ch/Zivilstand/Weit...rauszuege.html
They are a lot fussier about giving information than they used to be, so get all the relevant or semi-relevant documentation you might have together. I was trying to get information in Basel once about a cousin of Mr. Longbyt's and I was dead sure the guy refusing to give it to me had it right in front of him. He said that I had to have written permission from the chap I was actually trying to locate! I found him though!
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