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The Search for Swiss Roots
The Search for Swiss Roots

Swiss Cemetery Information

In North America, cemeteries can be an important resource for gathering genealogical information. Tombstone inscriptions and plot placemen s can lead to new information about your ancestors.
You won’t find that resource in Switzerland.  Very few graves are older than 25 years.
Switzerland is a very small country with limited land availability.  Therefore, it's important to know that grave sites are rented for 25 years. After that, a new headstone will go up for 25 years.
Families can purchase space, or rent it on a very long-term basis.
You might also find a headstone of a pastor or a citizen of prominence that could date back more than 40 years.
But for most, once the grave is dug up, the headstone is returned to the family or recycled.
Two cemeteries in Switzerland  have had headstones photographed by site users.  You can access them through BillionGraves:
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