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Swiss American Historical Society Review

Swiss American Historical Society Review

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Switzerland, Swiss history, European history

Abstract

This large-size and attractively crafted book is the result of impressive and expert genealogical research undertaken by Werner Rothweiler, a retired chemist. The work deals with the agricultural village Magden located in the Fricktal that had been part of Upper Austria until 1803 when it became part of the Swiss Canton Aargau. On 24 January 2004, 1200 years to the day when the first known document concerning Magden was dated, the author presented to the people of Magden a history of their village. His new book complements that work and is in the form of a "microhistorical demography" a study of Magden 's 65 family units that are featured since 1600 in the parish books, that is in the registers of baptisms, marriages, and deaths; they include no less than "a total of 1670 individual families and some 6570 children"(5).

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