The “Forgotten” Immigrants: The Swiss to America

Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
Apr 14, 2023
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Swiss Immigration
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Swiss Records
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About this webinar

It is estimated that over 400,000 Swiss immigrants have come to North America since its settlement. With over 80% of them being German speaking, they often get lumped into “Germans to America,” but the records found in Switzerland can be vastly different, and the Swiss that came to our shores can have very different backgrounds.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian and professional genealogist born and raised in northern Indiana. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self- descr
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  1. FJ
    Faith Jaycox
    1 year ago

    Extremely valuable on all counts– information, links, and sources. I will be watching this again. And probably again. Thank you!

  2. DL
    Doris Lanier
    1 year ago

    Always one of my favorite presenters. Catch everything he does.

  3. TR
    Terry Richards
    1 year ago

    This was an amazingly valuable and comprehensive introduction to Swiss Genealogy research clearly outlining how it differs from research in other countries. I learned so much and can’t wait to investigate all of the sources and links Mr. Lacobo mentioned in his presentation. Very well prepared webinar and each minute was filled with ideas and suggestions! In addition, the speaker was very clear, comprehensive and easy to follow. Please offer more webinars from this person!

  4. BL
    Barbara L. Stanford
    1 year ago

    I need to research my Swiss ancestors using the great info presented! I want to listen to this presentation again for even more understanding.

  5. JT
    Janet Thomson
    1 year ago

    Great info from Michael, as usual. Gave me a great refresher on those Bern and Soluthern records, and a nice overview of the other cantons, too! Thanks so much for doing this marathon!

  6. CS
    Cynthia Schwab
    1 year ago

    My father immigrated from Alchenstorf, Canton Bern. I have all the papers he had to file to obtain permission and am now tracing my Swiss ancestors. Today’s webinar provided additional resources for that research.

  7. DC
    Donna Cary
    1 year ago

    Dr. Lacopo is always so thorough, precise and full of tips while researching particular records . Love to listen to his presentations, making them extra interesting b’cuz of his enthusiasm. Most of all was this Swiss topic! How unusual and very refreshing that it was set apart from the plethora of German records of which I don’t share any DNA or paper trail. But my Seifert/Sifford’s came from Switzerland to North Carolina and on to Missouri before ending their migratory journey in Wilson County, TX.

  8. JB
    Judy Bird
    1 year ago

    Loved this presentation, especially with the many resources included. I have Swiss ancestors from Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland. After todays lectures have ended I will be spending the rest of the day (and evening?) doing Swiss research.


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