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European Resources for Family Historians: Switzerland

This State Library of South Australia guide highlights resources available at the Library as well as various databases and websites that may assist your search for ancestors in Europe and the Mediterranean.


The information on this page concentrates on how to locate family history related records and information in Switzerland.

To trace family arriving in South Australia try our guide to immigration.  If family arrived in Australia after 1940 passenger lists may be found at National Archives, as passenger lists came under Federal jurisdiction after 1940.


Please note that these websites are not arranged in any particular order and some may not be available in English.

Databases Available at the Library

While you are in the Library don't forget to check out our databases:

  • (library edition) - for onsite use only
  • Find My Past - for onsite use only

Search the Catalogue for more

Here are some suggested links that may be helpful.

German language -- Dialects -- Switzerland

Switzerland -- Gazetteers

Switzerland -- History -- Encyclopedias 

Switzerland -- Maps

For a more general listing of Swiss related material within our collection click here.

Tips & tricks for Swiss Research

Ask Us

Are you unable to come into the State Library of South Australia to undertake your research?  You may like to consider using our Ask Us service.