main content of this site is the genealogy of the old Obergommer families. Obergommer
= people of Obergoms. The Obergoms is
the uppermost valley of the Rhone river,
in the eastern extremity of the Swiss canton Valais.
people of Obergoms belonged to a German speaking community, which colonized
between the 8th and
12th century first Obergoms and then
other areas of the eastern Valais. From there they began to spread
south and east between the 13th and 15th century, which is known
as the Walser migration.
They preferred to settle in the highest valleys too inhospitable for
the Roman Celtic
inhabitants. Only in Valais the German speaking community conquered
later also lower areas. There they ousted between the 14th and the
15th century all feudal landlords
state. First with a bishop as their head, after 1613 a so said "Landeshauptmann"
(President of the "Republik Wallis", in French Valais).
In the 17th and 18th century the most important export market for
to create income
At the end of the 18th century the waves of the French revolution
the Wallis independence. For a short time Valais became a French department
and since 1815 Valais belongs to Switzerland.
families names in our sense didn’t exist before
the 14th century and documents are incomplete - the Obergommer
family trees starts within the 14th and 18th century. But we can assume
of them are linked via mothers or fathers with the mentioned alpine
On this website you will find the genealogical data of all old, not
extinct Obergoms families. That are the Andereggen,
Anthenien, Aufdereggen, Bacher, Bellwalder, Biderbost, Blatter from
Ulrichen, Blatter from Reckingen, Carlen, Chastonay from Biel, Eggs,
Guntern, Hagen, Hallenbarter,
Hauser, Hischier, Holzer, Hutter, Imahorn, Imfeld, Imhof, Imoberdorf,
Imsand, Imwinkelried, Jergen, Jerien,
Kreuzer, Lagger, Michlig,
Minnig, Mueller, Nessier, Pfefferle, Ritz, Rovina, Schmidt,
Senggen, Steffen, Thenen,
von Riedmatten, Walpen, Walther,
Zehner, Zeiter and Zumoberhaus.
they lived View
of Obergoms (64 K).
With exception of the Imwinkelried, Walpen and major elements of the
von Riedmatten, the mentioned genealogies are accessible to public for
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The Obergoms, in late September. A valley modelled
by the Rhone Glacier.
Ober = Upper. Goms = derive from a Roman-Celtic word for "shell".