Hi Janet, Gee it it a while since we exchange messages. I did some research in 2000, shortly after that all the files have been moved to the Schaffhausen office. I Was at the Local Town office and we went throught the books. Thats how i found out that i can not get any further without guessing. My "Schudel' family tree goess back to the 1784. So i'm a "real" Schudel. How ever, we are all over Switzerland and the World too, not just in Beggingen. When i was in Beggingen, i bought a book there about the history of this nice little village. Don't know if it is available in english, but here the title translated from German: The Hisory of the Randendorfs Beggingen". Do you know of the Schudels when they imigrated to the USA and when? Take care and let me know how you make out.