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German handwriting, Double "s" in Gasser ?

German handwriting, Double "s" in Gasser ?

Posted: 1 Apr 2011 5:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
I found some old church documents that show a name on my family tree that looked like Gafser but another relative thought it could be the way they write the double "s" in German. Has anyone seen old documents with the name Gasser that I could compare mine?

My family is from Graubunden, Switzerland. Most from a small town called Haldenstein where I found all the great church records.

Re: German handwriting, Double "s" in Gasser ?

Posted: 7 Feb 2012 12:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
I know it has been a long time since your post so you may already have your answer, but I was looking through the Gasser boards and saw your query. Yes a double s in German is sometimes written with a "ß" called an Eszett.

Re: German handwriting, Double "s" in Gasser ?

Posted: 7 Feb 2012 4:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for your response. I'm going to post the document here and maybe you can read it. Wondering if the last name is Gafser or Gasser. Thanks so much for your help!

Margareth Walser Gafser/Gasser died April 1836
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Re: German handwriting, Double "s" in Gasser ?

Posted: 3 Jun 2012 5:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
In old style writing (early 1800’s) a double ‘s” was normally written as what looks life “fs”. The practice started dying out by the mid 1800’s but sometimes people would still use it. (Old habbits)
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