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On the History of the Glarner Families, Particularly Those of the Sernf Valley


This website presents the English translation of the following book:

On the History of the Glarner Families, Particularly Those of the Sernf Valley
A Medley of Pictures from Past Days

(Zur Geschichte glarnerischer Geschlechter, derjenigen des Sernftales insbesondere
Allerlei Bilder aus vergangenen Tagen

by Gottfried Heer

With a Coat of Arms Chart

Printing and publishing by Rud. Tschudy, Glarus, 1920

Translated by Sue Wolf


Coat of Arms Chart VI. Marti XIII. Zentner XX. Hauser
Introduction VII. Wyss XIV. Baumgartner XXI. Blumer
I. Elmer VIII. Rhyner XV. Bäbler XXII. Freitag
II. Speich IX. Schneider XVI. Altmann XXIII. Schuler
III. Luchsinger X. Stauffacher XVII. Kubli XXIV. Hefti
IV. Beglinger XI. Bräm XVIII. Wohlwend XXV. Wirth
V. Giger XII. Hämmerli XIX. Disch XXVI. Madutz
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Gottfried Heer was born on 11 Apr 1843 in Gretchins, Wartau, Rheintal, Canton St. Gallen, and died on 21 Oct 1921 in Hätzingen, Canton Glarus, at the age of 78. Besides serving as Evangelical minister in Betschwanden, Canton Glarus, from 1866 to 1906, he was involved in many other activities, from the schools to health issues to politics [1906-1914] to authoring about 90 local historical works. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Zürich.


This book has been filmed by the LDS, and is available as film number 908641, item 3.

All questions regarding the original texts or their translation should be directed to Sue Wolf.


Tip: Click the + button to locate the Flurnamen that are mentioned in the chapter texts.

The Sernf Valley (Sernftal) in Canton Glarus is named after the Sernf River, which flows into the Linth River at Schwanden. The valley is home to the communes of Engi, Matt and Elm.






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