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The Search for Swiss Roots
608-527-6565
The Search for Swiss Roots
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Swiss Settlers in America

The Swiss Center's Tritt LIbrary and Archive has a growing number of books and other materials about Swiss settlements in North America. 
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Swiss Settlements within the Tritt Library and Archive

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Beginning slowly in the 1680s and growing rapidly by the 1720s, immigrants from the German-speaking cantons of Switzerland arrived in southeastern Pennsylvania by the thousands.
Between 1820 and 1860 the Swiss found new homes mainly in Midwestern states such as Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Historical Society has this online collection of 54 articles by and about Swiss immigrants published between 1878 and 1935.
19th century Swiss settlements of note include Highland, IL, New Glarus, WI, Gruetli, TN, and Bernstadt, KY.
For more on some of these Swiss communities visit Swiss Communities in the U.S.
Along the Pacific coast you found the Italian Swiss were engaged in California's growing agriculture.
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Just inside the Vinton, California cemetery gates, there is a monument that reads:

The Sierra Valley Swiss Club takes great pride in dedicating this monument to the Swiss-Italian dairymen that settled in this beautiful valley in the mid-1800's. Their products fed the miners of the comstock and the lumbermen of this area. At one time, this was one of the largest Swiss settlements in California.

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