Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Earliest Liebenstein in Zurich

The earliest Liebenstein in church records MAY be Casper Lybenstein who was the godfather at the baptism of Regali, daughter of Hans Schmidt von Riplen on 21 Feb 1527!!   I found this record in the baptisms and marriages of the Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche Grossmunster Zurich  (FHC INTL Film 922691) 

After finding the Lybenstein and Liebenstein families in the microfilm records of Albisreiden Evangelisch-Reformierte Church, I was curious to look for family members in the other Evangelisch-Reformierte churches in Zurich during the 1500s.  The records for the Grossmunster Zurich Church begin the earliest.  The other two were the Frauenmunster Zurich and St. Peter Zurich churches.  After 6 hours of looking at microfilm, I found the name Lybenstein or Liebenstein in only two records.  The one above in Grossmunster Church and one in the Frauenmunster Church for the marriage of Elfi Libenstein to Mathis Rigardt in 1536.  I could search only a few years in each one, so there are probably more.  
One of the great reformers was Ulrich Zwingli of Zurich and he is a minister at the Grossmunster Church. 


  1. Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

  2. Hi
    Are you still looking for your ancestors. I have been doing some research but it sounds like you are further than I am

  3. When we first started testing the YDNA and discovered the Livingston, Maclea Surname Project and other families that tied together, I did a lot of research but much of the research in Germany was done by others. I still don't know who my immigrant is, but do know that I belong in the group. We have 13 YDNA tests in an Excel chart. I can send you the chart if you'll send your email to I'd like to know what family you fit into. I do have other information, but doing DNA led me to my other lines and has kept me busy for 5 years.