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Jomini family in Payerne Switzerland

Jomini family in Payerne Switzerland

Affiché: 14 juin 2011 23:31 GMT
Classification: Requête
Noms de famille: Jomini
I am trying to trace our ancestor Francis Jomini born 1849 in Switzerland. We believe he is from Payerne, Vaud, Switzerland and have been told throughout the years that we are related to the famous General Antoine Henri Jomini

Re: Jomini family in Payerne Switzerland

Affiché: 16 juin 2011 0:16 GMT
Classification: Requête
Noms de famille: Jomini
Yes, Jomini is found mainly in Payerne. A quick check didn't turn up a compiled genealogy of this family, but you should be able to find them in the microfilms of the état-civil for Payerne 1821-1875 and, before that, the church records of Payerne. It is likely that some of the baptisms and marriages will be found in surrounding parishes, but Payerne is the place to start. The microfilms can be obtained through your local LDS Family History Center, or at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. If you visit the Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, near Lausanne, you can use the same microfilms.

You call your ancestor Francis. If he was born in Vaud, his original name was almost certainly François. Where and when did he emigrate?

John McCoy
Vaud Co-ordinator
(RealMac@aol.com)

Re: Jomini family in Payerne Switzerland

Affiché: 16 juin 2011 2:13 GMT
Classification: Requête
John,
Thank you for your reply. I agree our ancestor was probably born Francois Jomini. He immigrated to the US and settled in Detroit Michigan. This happened sometime between his birth in 1849 and the US 1870 Census. It seems he "Americanized" his name to Francis and then Frank, and from Jomini to Jominy.

I appreciate your help and will next research at our LDS Family History center.

Thanks!

Re: Jomini family in Payerne Switzerland

Affiché: 16 juin 2011 2:35 GMT
Classification: Requête
There's always the possibility of more than one François born in the Jomini family about the same time, so the odds of a successful search in Payerne are increased if you can locate the exact date of birth of your immigrant ancestor from US records. Tombstones, obituaries, and naturalization records are where this information usually turns up. If he died late enough, there may be an death certificate. Also, emigrants from Switzerland usually had some sort of identity documents with them, which are often kept in the family. Check all available sources!

Given names in the Swiss records were treated with some flexibility. A baby would frequently be baptised with several given names, but the order of the names might be listed differently in later records. Occasionally the person would be known by a completely different name as an adult. Be alert for any records in the US that show your Francis with an additional given name.

Good luck with your search!

John McCoy
(RealMac@aol.com)
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