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1. Posted by CNDgirl (Budding Member 36 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


i have a weird question for anyone who lives in switzerland or knows lots about it.

My Grandfather was born in switzerland and came to canada when he was very young...many of his family members are still there but i dont know who they are. Is there a simple way of finding out who they are and how to contact them though email? some site on the internet?...anything?. I want to go there someday when i have money and would like to visit them, learn more of my background and so on.

Also, seeing as he is my Grandfather, born in switzerland to two swiss parents, "how much" swiss does that make me?....(dumb question but im an interested kid!

2. Posted by hitesh_g (Budding Member 18 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Sorry Kim, cant answer your question but wanted to let you know that I saw an interesting TV show - I believe on OPB - where the host of the show was doing DNA testing on some african/american celebrities - helping them find out what part of africa were their ancestors from and what percentage of them was say European versus African. I found that show pretty interesting.

sorry I know I did not add any information to your question :(

3. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


To answer your last question first (because I'm backwards like that), you would be one-fourth Swiss. That means you are one-fourth more likely to like Swiss Cheese than other Canadians. Um, yes.

As for the other stuff, sounds like you would need to do a little digging for your genealogy. There are tons of sites out there on the net to help people find out their family tree and see if they can contact living relatives.

Here are a few:

Sometimes these require a subscription to really get into it, but almost all genealogy sites have forums where you get the most help (for free!). You just have to post a message asking if people know of people from where-ever and you might just get help!

Before you do that, maybe you could start asking family members from that side of the family that live near you how to contact some people from there. It would save you a lot of time compared to searching on the internet.

Good luck!

Katie ;)

4. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello girl de Canada,

You are lucky. Since your grandfather (I suppose the family tree from him goes much deepeer)was born in La Suisse..this make you eligable for a Swiss Passport. Yes, the gold card of citizenships. You will have to find out his "Heimatort" (place of origin), your father or mother will naturally have the same. Contact the "Geminde" there and they should have a list of all relatives and where they are "angemelded". the Swiss are super organized, and structured..almost too much at times.

When I turned 18 they sent me a letter from Bern and all I had to do was goto the Swiss Consulate in Toronto and pay 40 bones to get my passport and citizenship card. It is a God send. I have no trouble at any borders, even avoiding paying visa cost at places like Turkey. I walked across the Bulgarian border, past 4 km of cars waiting upto 10 hours and just flshed the outside of the red passport while they simply waved me through, no control.

Switzerland has a special agreement with the EU, which means you can work and study in any EU country with the same status as all the other EU members. Working here is great since you get payed a great wage (be aware though, it is crazy expensive to live this is relative)

Hope this helps.

5. Posted by CNDgirl (Budding Member 36 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thank you very much. These did help. You guys are very knowledgable! hopefuly someday i will know lots about everything too...haha!

Thanks again