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Family History - Oberehrendingen

While searching for Catholic churches in the Oberehrendingen area, I discovered these forums, and I am hoping that one of the members can give me some suggestions. (I hope that I am posting this in the correct forum.)

I am seeking information on the family of my great-grandfather, Benedict J Willi, who was born 9 December 1835 in Oberehrendingen, Aargau. He came to the United States in November of 1856 with Caspar Willi, probably a brother or cousin. In 1861 in Indiana, he married Maria Magdalena Vogt, who was born in Freienwil, Aargau, on 31 July 1838. She came to the US with her older sister Maria A Vogt, arriving in September 1856, shortly before Benedict's arrival. I am assuming that they probably knew each other in Switzerland, as Freienwil and Oberehrendingen were not far apart.

My hope is that there are relatives of Benedict still living in the Ehrendingen area, but I am not positive of the best way to accomplish this, and I would appreciate any suggestions.

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Re: Family History - Oberehrendingen

You could go the 'old fashioned' way and get the phone book (online) and find people with the same surname who live in the same area...and then write to them with as much details as you have, and ask them if they have any connections.

Usually you find at least one person interested in family genealogy. These days you're likely to find people who can speak English enough to share that information.

The other way is to contact the churches (I guess that's what you were thinking too)...and ask them if they have any records. If you have birth certificates that will narrow the search down.

The local 'town halls' would have good records (full register of residents) but I don't know the procedure to access old records - I'm sure there is one...
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Re: Family History - Oberehrendingen

You could also try this connection/website:

http://en.geneanet.org/search/?count...essource=arbre

Maybe join their forum and contact the people who are researching relatives from the same area, and see what connections they have. There's bound to be a genealogy society that operates in the Aargau area...
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Re: Family History - Oberehrendingen

Are you connected to this one ?
http://records.ancestry.com/Henry_Ca...?pid=121996250
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Re: Family History - Oberehrendingen

Thank you so much for your replies and the links! I have been trying to track down Benedict Willi for 40 years. For the first 30, I did not even know the town of his birth. I belong to Ancestry, and through my searches, I was aware of the Kaspar Willi living in Wisconsin, (your 2nd link) but was never able to find a tree with him. Not sure how you found it, but again a big "Thank You!" Unfortunately, if there is a connection between him, it isn't very close, as he seems to be in a later generation than my Benedict.

I'm not sure how to go about getting a phone book for Ehrendingen, but that's a possibility, although Willi is a very common surname.

I know that Oberehrendingen and Unterehrendingen have been merged into Ehrendingen, but I don't know if each village had its own Catholic church. I suppose I'll start with St. Blasius to see if they have any records of my Willi family. Hopefully somebody will read English, but if not, my son is quite fluent in German. Off to do more searching. Thanks again!
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Re: Family History - Oberehrendingen

There are 22 Willi entries in the telephone book in Ehrendingen

http://tel.local.ch/de/q/Ehrendingen....html?rid=Jtih
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Re: Family History - Oberehrendingen

There's lots of us "foreigners" now living in the Ehrendingen/Freienwil area. Oberehrendingen is the bigger dorf and the Gemeinde there is used to English speaking foreigners asking (strange) questions. Try sending them a letter (do you need their address?), but be prepared for a slow response and a fee.
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Re: Family History - Oberehrendingen

Thanks so much for the link! Twenty-two is quite manageable, and with just a little bit of luck, one of them might have heard of an ancestor who moved to America. Keeping my fingers crossed!
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Re: Family History - Oberehrendingen

Wow, this is really an active forum!

Crofty, thanks for the encouragement. If you have an address handy, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you!

From the photos I've found online, Freienwil and Ehrendingen are lovely areas, although I don't believe my great-grandmother had much time to appreciate it, because according to my father, she began working as a very young girl in a factory--textile, I believe. I'm not much of a traveler, but if I ever make it across the ocean, Switzerland will be my first stop.
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Wow, this is really an active forum!

Crofty, thanks for the encouragement. If you have an address handy, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you!

From the photos I've found online, Freienwil and Ehrendingen are lovely areas, although I don't believe my great-grandmother had much time to appreciate it, because according to my father, she began working as a very young girl in a factory--textile, I believe. I'm not much of a traveler, but if I ever make it across the ocean, Switzerland will be my first stop.

We are a Swiss family living in Lengnau, a village near to both Ehrendingen and Freienwil. The best place to search records is at the Gemeindehaus. That is where the registries are kept. Swiss persons have a Heimatschein and a Familienbuch (the latter if married)

For Ehrendinden I would suggest contacting:
einwohnerkontrolle[@]ehrendingen.ch

This is the homepage


For Freienwil their website is here:
You can write to info[@]freienwil.ch


Fees are applicable when you want a copy of a document but they may be reluctant to send anything to the US as payment is generally made to a local bank. Credit cards are not generally accepted at the registry offiices.


Good luck with your search.

EDIT: If you get nowhere, I don't mind making inquiries on your behalf.


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Re: Family History - Oberehrendingen

Mrs. Doolittle, thank you so much for the information and the links! I'm going to be busy chasing down all these leads!
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