"Guten Tag, willkommener Namensvetter, wie geht's"! "Der Friede Christi sei mit Euch."Take off your shoes, put your feet on the hearth and have a piece of apple pie with your favorite slice of "Emmenthal Swiss Cheese." This web site is the beginning of our "Virtual Basinger Homestead." A place of warmth, quiet, comfort and hospitality. We need your family input to bring this family up to date.
We are researching our family roots in Alsace, France and Bern, Switzerland. We are formerly of Mennonite heritage and the earliest records we have found are:Johannes Bösiger(<1670>) of Untersteckholz, Switzerland; Jost and Johann Ulrich Bösigerfrom Rumisberg, Switzerland. These ancestors are the "root" of the Basinger's that imigrated to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ontario from Alsace, France in the 1820-30's and maybe before.
We have lots of connections to the Amstutz, Geiger, Gratz, Hilti, Ischi, Luginbuehl, Lehman, Moser, Neuenschwander, Rothlisberger, Ryff, Steiner, Stoufer, Suter and Schumacher lines which also have origins in the Normanvillars Settlement near Belfort, France the Florimont, Alsace area and the Swiss Jura.
Our most sincere gratitude and appreciation to Anna B. Selfridge of the Allen County Museum and Historical Society of Lima, Ohio; the late, Dr. Delbert L. Gratz, Mennonite Historian, Genealogist, and Librarian at the Mennonite Historical Library of Bluffton College in Ohio and; Edna Samsal for their information in these reports.
Variant spellings are Bösiger,Boesiger,Boesinger,Bäsinger,and Boeziguer. Please contact us if we can be of any help or if you have information on these family lines.
Click on the Reports below to view the different branches of the Basinger Family who were often know by their beard color, since there were numerous Christian, Ulrich, Johann,and Johannes Basingers.You will probably recognize numerous duplicate marriages (duplicate spouse with different spelling) and children which occurred when merging files. These will be removed eventually. Click on the "Next" button since there are 100's of pages in these reports.
There are over 11,000 descendants in the line from Johannes and Elsbett Bösiger of Untersteckholz <1670>. These are all accessible on our new web site on GenCircles which is linked at the bottom of this home page. If you can't find your grandparents in this genealogy file, we need to get your current family attached. Let's communicate !
Our thanks and appreciation for permission to link the web pages of Doug Lora, Herb Probst, Robert L. Hilty and K. Kraus containing numerous Basinger connections to our Mennonite past.
We also have attached a new Bösiger branch that came to America in the 1880's, thanks to Vic and E.P. Bösiger. Their family is connected back in the early 1800's with our Rumisberg ancestors.
We still have cousins living in Untersteckholz and Bern that don't know we exist. We need to get some e-mail contacts in Switzerland with these cousins. How about some help cousins ?
The Basinger, "Froschauer Bible MDLVI (1556)" is pictured below through the efforts of Eugene Basinger and Darwin Luginbuhl of Bluffton.This Bible was brought to America by the "Christian Columbiana Bösiger's" in the 1820's and now resides in the Mennonite Historical Library at Bluffton College.