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According to their statutory mission, the State Archives of Lucerne secure, describe and provide access to all archive-worthy records about the canton of Lucerne, both from the cantonal institutions and of private origin. The archive's holdings can be divided into four groups:
the administrative records of the city of Lucerne and the Swiss federal state of the 13th to the 18th century,
the documentation of the cantonal administration and courts since 1798,
the archives of the monasteries abolished in the 19th century, including the Cistercian monastery of St.Urban, the Franciscan monasteries of Werthenstein and Lucerne and the Houses of the Military Orders in Hitzkirch, Hohenrain and Reiden,
the archives of private persons and institutions such as associations, political parties and industrial or commercial enterprises. This group includes in particular the documents of Catholic organizations working throughout Switzerland. e.g. Caritas Switzerland, Fastenopfer, Swiss Catholic Women's League or the National Board of Jungwacht and Blauring.
You can e-mail us in english. Your research should have a connection to the canton of Lucerne. The amount of time we spend on your request will be limited. To receive a useful answer please specify your question. «Please tell me all about the Muller familiy from Switzerland...» may result in a very general reply.
We cannot conduct genealogical research for you. Microfilms of baptismal, marriage and burial registers (c. 1600-1875) can also be found in the research centres of the Mormons (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). Addresses and films are listed under www.familysearch.org
Canton of Luzern is situated in Central Switzerland
Dienststelle Gemeinden, Handelsregister und Staatsarchiv (GHS)
CH-6000 Luzern 7
041 228 53 65
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