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Microfilm (M/F) #1740530.

Stein am Rhein, Canton Schaffhausen

  1.  Title, Foreword, Introduction.

  2.  Table of Contents.

  3.  Appendix.

Microfilm (M/F) # 2361096.

Stein am Rhein, Canton Schaffhausen

  1.  Title, Foreword, & all info.

  2.  Table of Contents & all info.

Microfilm (M/F) #0958104.

Wagenhausen, Canton Thurgau

   1.  Title, Foreword & all info.

  2.  Table of Contents & all info.

Microfilm (M/F) # 0996682 -All

Kaltenbach & others, Canton Thurgau

Microfilm (M/F) # 0958103 -All

Wagenhausen & others, Canton Thurgau


Britsch's in France & Germany

Brutscheck in Silesia


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Georg Albert Bruetsch, as a young man, about 1900.

G. A. Bruetsch's family, about 1925.


   The Bruetsch (Brütsch) family name is associated with towns in northern Switzerland (and Britsch in Germany), per the 1962 book on Swiss Surnames, which gives their location of origin prior to 1800 (a copy is in the Vero Beach Library, #949.4) (and now on a CD by Picton Press).  This book states that surname alone is scarcely sufficient information.  Knowledge of the place of citizenship (the official Heimatort {hometown}) is in Switzerland just as important and a necessity.

     The first Swiss region contains the villages of Buch, Hemishofen, Ramsen and Stein am Rhein, Canton Schaffhausen, Switzerland.  This region is just north of the Rhein River, east of the city of Schaffhausen.  Another village is Kaltenbuch, Canton Thurgan, just across the river from Stein am Rhein.  And also Sursee, Canton Luzern.

  Büttenhardt (north of Schaffhausen) and Schaffhausen, Canton Schaffhausen, Switzerland are another two Swiss villages.  This clan of Brütsch's is attributed to descend from Michael B., born in Buch in 1636.  The book "The Sound of the Hammer" by Carl Conrad Britsch, Penobscot Press, 1963, gives stories about life in Büttenhardt.  This book is available from Sauder Village, State Route 2, PO Box 235, Archbold, Ohio, 43502.  Website  Also, see the extensive Werner Brutsch database available on via the Family Tree, World Connect Global Search routine.  See the Links page for instructions.

     My ancestors have Ramsen as their place of citizenship (Burgergemeinde), as documented by my father's Dienstbuchlein (military service book).  Regional church records of births / baptisms, marriages and deaths, prior to 1800, are in the Stein am Rhein archives.  Imagine my surprise and delight when I found that the LDS Church had microfilmed these church volumes in 1991.

     So I began the project of transcribing the microfilm for all entries of Brütsch, with the intent of helping other people searching the Brütsch name.  See "Choices" on the left side of this page

In September, 2017, two databases were uploaded to the WorldConnect Project on  They are: "RamsenBruetschs" and "britsch1648web" .

     Having fun with genealogy,  Walt Bruetsch

[This page updated 18 Dec 2018 by WEB]

  Per the 3/1984 Schaffhauser Magazin, on page 67, the longtime family names in the Ramsen region (and using their order) are: Neidhart, Gnädinger, Ruh, Hug, Brütsch, Schmid, Geier, Graf, Huber, Schneider and Sätteli. 

It is well known that the spelling of the regions villages and families has changed over the centuries.  Niklaus Gnädinger, on his website, has a list of these families and their spelling variations.  Also given are brief descriptions of very early (pre 1500's) mention of the names.

An English translation:  Brütsch was a frequently occurring farmers’ family name by the end of the 14th century in the Hegau.  (Per Thode’s Ger.-Eng. Genealogical Dictionary, the Hegau was the area south of Baden near Singen.  This certainly fits the Ramsen region.)  In 1419, in Buch, there was already a Hans Ulrich Prütsch, who was released (from some sort of service).  In 1434, in Ramsen, there appears a Prütsch.  The Brütsch’s were also inhabitants on the farms around Ramsen.  So in 1467 in Wiesholz and in 1539 in Bibern (which was also Biberach and is now Bibermühle).  Around 1550, a Klaus Brütsch was Vogt (=  bailiff; sheriff; constable; administrator) in Ramsen, an office his father had already held.  In 1618, Jakob and Hans Rudolf Brütsch became Richter (= judge) and Urteilssprecher (= judgement / vertict speaker).  From 1831-1852, Veith Brütsch, Seifensieder (= soap maker) acted as president of Ramsen.