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Genealogy in Switzerland – A Longenecker Family Search

Genealogy in Switzerland – A Longenecker Family Search

I not long ago frequented Langnau, Bern, Switzerland and used two days immersed in all issues Langenegger. My spouse and I arrived at the Langnau rail station on June 25, 2004, exhausted from a lengthy flight from San Francisco. As we left the train station we ended up promptly struck by the one of a kind character of this space.

Outside the prepare station are the remnants of a cobblestone road, now patched by asphalt. Just about everywhere we seemed ended up lovely Swiss houses and properties – several of them hundreds of yrs old – and all colorfully embellished with pink and pink begonias put in flower containers under every window. As we observed afterwards, the Emmental is also a wonderland of lined bridges, friendly people, church spires with Swiss clocks and chimes, tinkling cow bells – every little thing you assume Switzerland to be.

As we walked towards our lodge in Bareau we found how pleasant and courteous the locals are – stopping to make it possible for us to cross the avenue and smiling as we handed with a welcoming “Hallo” or “Guten Morgen.” The town is dotted with extended stone tanks with well drinking water splashing in at a person end and draining out the other. They look a thing like a stone horse tank. These are obtainable to anybody who would like a great consume of properly water.

After we settled into our place at the Landgasthof Lodge Adler, the owner kindly invited us to a shorter ride into the countryside wherever we observed far more wonderful homes and pastures. Immediately after we returned we asked a couple locals in the resort restaurant about the Langenegger farm and they had a great chortle. Turns out that there are a great deal of Langeneggers there and we did not know the identify of the people who lived in the initial house that we came to see.

The hills are about 1200 feet earlier mentioned the valley ground and exceptionally green with grass and forested places noticeable from wherever in city. Langnau is little – most likely 3 or 4 extensive blocks across and the hills look extremely shut. Black and white cows break up the greenery and generate and great tinkling audio as they graze all around ringing the bells all-around their necks. Larger pitched bells worn by sheep and goats mix with the clunk-clunk bong-bong of the cow bells making a mouth watering backdrop to the surroundings. This is the final audio we listened to as we drifted off to rest coated with a feather quilt on our 1st evening in Langnau.

The birds woke us up to beautifully environmentally friendly earth that is Langnau in the summertime. We loved a fantastic breakfast of handmade bread and jelly offered by our host, Stephen. We hoped to show up at church, but observed that our information and facts was incorrect and arrived as well early. Rather we started our walking tour of Langnau early. Langnau is a tiny town and we walked all of the key streets by about midday when we took a split for lunch to share a modest cheese tart and an apple pastry from a little store in the vicinity of the heart of town. By that time, the regional museum had opened. It is housed in a single of the oldest residences in Langnau and is a good option to seem all around inside one of these wonderful structures and see all of the fancy joinery accomplished by the builders. It is also a wonderful museum with a range of long-lasting and rotating exhibits that depict the record of Langnau and its people.

The museum’s docent has lived in Langnau for 70 several years and understands the Langenegger name really effectively. She promptly identified a e book that contains the Langenegger relatives crests – one for all those in the valley (Langenegg Ey) and 1 for those people up better in the hills (Langenegg Unter). She also loosely parsed the title into Lange (Lengthy in English – pronounced ‘Long’ in German way too) and negg (hill in English – pronounced ‘neck’ in German). I have not been equipped to verify the term ‘negg’ any where – but that is what she claimed. The e-book also incorporated a statement, “Ulrich, von Langnau, wanderte 1748 nach Pennsylvanien [USA] Aus (Faust 61)” which about interprets that Ulrich Langenegger immigrated to Pennsylvania in the United States in 1748. This is our ancestor Ulrich Langenegger Sr. The reserve would not give a additional supply for this info. On the map, the Langenegg Unter is just about a 30 minute hike up the hill from the museum and Langenegg Ey is about a mile down river from Langnau. Considering the fact that the Unter experienced been owned by a person other than a Langenegger for lots of several years, we made a decision to choose a nearer search at the Ey property in the valley to see if we could at the very least get a photograph of the house and probably, if we have been really fortunate, fulfill a distant relative.

Margaret and I walked together the river where quite a few of the neighborhood persons were having a break from typical lifestyle to awesome off. We had been pleasantly stunned at the number of coated bridges in and close to Langnau – all continue to currently being employed. We even drove about a single just outdoors of Langnau.

Just as we approached the long driveway to the Langenegger residence, two ladies came up from the river and a person of them spoke English. She advised us that we have been in the correct position and that the Langenegger spouse and children did reside here. She presented to escort us to the correct home between a team of a number of properties and buildings situated on the residence. With a cheery German “Woo hoo” she referred to as out to the men and women inside of and introduced us to my 9th cousin who life in the residence in which Ulrich Langenegger Senior was born in 1664 (the exact same a person pointed out in the e book that immigrated to Pennsylvania).

Our new-discovered cousins had been gracious and greeted us warmly even nevertheless we just showed up on their doorstep right after in excess of 250 years with out a Xmas card! We had a brief conversation about the loved ones and seen some of the information and facts that they experienced there. Coincidentally, the couple’s sister-in-legislation subsequent doorway was in Pennsylvania to show up at a Longenecker reunion while we ended up in Langnau. We exchanged get hold of information and facts so that we can observe up with them with facts we locate that could be useful to them. They kindly supplied us a awesome consume from their properly ahead of we took a small wander about the farm to get some images. The cows have been in the barn as it was unseasonably sizzling that working day. Milk from their cows is sold into a coop of area farmers that would make it into cheese. If you are on the lookout for some genuine Langenegger cheese, glimpse for the Emmentaler style as that is what they make there. It is sold in the US as basically Swiss cheese – the type with holes in it. I need to admit that it tasted substantially greater in Langnau than in California.

The house is positioned an uncomplicated hike alongside the river from Langnau and consists of the authentic dwelling moreover some supplemental residences and outbuildings. I found the home a challenge to photograph by itself. It is a regular Swiss farm dwelling organized with living quarters and barn underneath a person roof. On 1 side is an earthen ramp going immediately into the attic around the barn that is utilized to shift hay into that space for storage and use through the winter.

The roof is steep by US benchmarks but not as steep as I predicted in an region that gets loads of snow. Most roofs in the place are tile and include things like a collection of brackets about six inches substantial that maintain the snow in the winter so that it does not all fall down at one time. Some properties had a simpler program with only a person established of brackets in close proximity to the bottom of the roof that held a four inch pipe managing the overall length of the home – seemingly for the exact same reason as the brackets on other structures. In addition, this process almost certainly makes use of the snow to insulate the roof from the cold. A different intriguing matter about some roofs and properties – the builders from time to time set their initials and the date of building on the roof by employing distinct coloured tiles. Others painted this data underneath the eaves or on the deal with of the creating underneath the eaves.

The Langenegger household is not as extravagant as some in town but is huge and features some fancy joinery do the job that we observed repeated within the museum, on the covered bridges, and elsewhere in the region. The key construction seems to be significant beams carefully joined with each other at the good angles so that they get more robust as a lot more weight is put on them – and held together with wood pegs. On 1 bridge around town we noticed metal strapping that appears to be to have been additional later.

The enterprise of the farm centers about the milk cows. There was a large subject of corn planted in close proximity to the house alongside with a properly-kept garden that appears to be to grace each house we saw in Switzerland. Along the driveway method to the farm there are some cherry trees with mainly eco-friendly fruit just starting to switch pink in sites. The rest of the farm appeared to be in grass. My buddy John Garland in Oklahoma would contact the fencing “psychological fencing” – not substantially of a barrier to an animal that would like out. We noticed that a lot of fences appeared to be non permanent and electrified so that the cows can be simply moved to refreshing grass as necessary. We even noticed 1 electrical fence hooked up to a photo voltaic panel up significant in the mountains a very long prepare-journey absent from Langnau. Out of regard for the latest occupants’ time and space, we only stayed briefly.

We returned to our hotel through a route the goes alongside the river and stopped for a relaxation in the shade of an previous included bridge. We ended up exhausted once more and pleased at finding to fulfill our distant family members and to look at the aged household.

Investigation: If you are investigating this area, no genealogy information and facts is commonly available in Langnau. The data workplace has records from 1886, but doesn’t launch it without permission of the individuals talked about in the information and the prices to do so are very superior. You will have much superior luck in Bern where most of the Swiss information are held. There is nearly always an individual around that speaks English and the records workplaces are no exception. The documents are neither computerized nor indexed – but they are quite neatly classified by site and time frames. You will need to notify them particularly who, the place, and when you want to seem in order to get the correct microfilm. Then it is an aged-fashioned lookup browsing via data published alongside time back applying unfamiliar designs and letters. Lockers are found outdoors the business office in the hallway and you will have to leave your backpack, purse, and many others. there. It’s totally free and safe.

The Archives de I’Etat de Berne is situated at Falkenplatz 4, CH-3012 Berne near the principal railroad station. It was simple to obtain the 3rd time I experimented with. The rail station is large and chaotic and on a number of ranges. Find the elevators on a person close of the station and choose them all the way to the top rated. If you have difficulties, follow the learners and the signals to the university in buy to come across the elevators. After you are at the prime, go towards the campus – the only way you can go truly – and go involving two significant university-looking properties. Falkenplatz 4 is the first building on the proper soon after you pass through the campus area. There is a tiny street stand just throughout the modest park exactly where the students congregate for a low-cost and fantastic sandwich – get there early as they run out of sandwiches rapidly soon after noon. The place of work is open up from 8:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:00 just about every weekday apart from Friday when it closes at 4:30. If you want to ensure ahead of likely, their phone quantities are 031/633 51 01, fax 031/633 51 02. Copies are just one Swiss Frank per site – so just take together a great deal of funds so that you can get all the things you want. You can effortlessly expend 50 franks in a person afternoon dependent on the information you want. I failed to have time, but you might also want to verify out these resources supplied by the museum in Langnau . . .

Zivilstands-und Burgerrechtsdienst

Des Kantons Bern

Eigerstrasse 73

3011 Bern

031/633 47 85

Fax: 031/633 47 39

Nieisen Paul-Anthon

Biochstrasse 7

3753 Oberhofen am Thunersee

033/243 24 52