The Schürch Family Association of North America

Schürch Photo Gallery Project

The project is housed in Flickr. To view the photos already submitted, please click on this link. When you click on it, you will come to the Photostream page which is the location for all the photos that have been added. If you click on SETS, you will have a choice of topic and at the moment we have Codes E, H & N but this will grow. I have applied to have us added to The Commons which is where historical and archival groups are congregating.

As genealogists, family historians or persons simply interested in their family, we are used to asking questions, examining documents, letters, journals and Bible inscriptions. More formally we turn to researching a variety of public records to get answers. In fact, our Schurch family is blessed to have so many branches of the family researched and in a form where shortly we will be able to quickly find information about our ancestors through the Association’s Database Project.

But are names, dates, locations, occupation and religious affiliation enough to satisfy our curiosity? How does this kind of information help us with questions like “Whose nose do I have?” or “Did my mother really look like her grandmother’s sister?” These are the questions no amount of public record research can answer. We need to study those faces, captured in time to get answers to those questions.

Last year, the Association Executive, approved a new project where we would collect digital images of all the old pictures we have in our homes, our attics, old Bibles and tucked away in backs of drawers. By doing this we would ensure that these images, many of which are starting to fade and disintegrate, would be saved for all posterity. The intention of the Association is to house this collection in an on-line gallery where everyone could access these pictures.

Collecting these images will enable viewers to:

• Acquire images of individuals never before seen!

• Study the images for physical attributes, likenesses and traits.

• Examine clothing and hairstyles and the furniture/draperies of the various time periods.

• Share photos with other family members.

For the Association, the collection of these images will mean a fuller picture of our ancestors. Soon we will have names, dates and faces.


To participate in this project, all you need to do is email .jpeg or .tiff images to To create .jpeg or .tiff images, you can scan the picture yourself, have a friend or family member do it (using the save option to make it a .jpeg or .tiff), take it to a historical society or museum (will usually do it for free and then ask for a copy for their records or they may ask you for a small donation), or for a cost, you can have your local photo shop do it for you. The photo does not have to be enhanced (darkened, lightened, repaired) in any way – just a straight scan. Please indicate in the body of the email the names of as many of the people in the picture as possible, the Codes for each individual and any other information you might have, such as date taken, event, location and if the photo has a cardboard backing with the photographer and location, that could also be helpful to a researcher.

We are looking for pictures of individuals, group shots, family portraits, reunion pictures, etc. Please feel free to send multiple pictures of one individual at different stages of their life. It may be out of ten photos originally shared with people in 1860, you now have the only one left! If the photo you are sharing is of a home or farm, please indicate whose residence it was, the approximate year and the location (Lot, Concession, Town, Twp., County, State, Province, Country, whatever you know about the location).

And please don’t be shy about sending pictures of deceased ancestors in their caskets. Sometimes that was the last opportunity for family to capture an image of their loved one before burial. Studying those images also give clues to early burial practices and that topic could be of interest to some.

If you have photos of an ancestor in uniform, please indicate which conflict they were in and any regimental or military information, honours, rank, etc. Photos of people at work who supported the war efforts are also welcome and any of the photos shared could be used for In Remembrance webpages on the Association website or in the newsletter in the future.

We all have old pictures of people and we don’t know who they are OR they may have penciled captions like “Sherk Girls – Dakota” or “Mr. Shirk”. Don’t worry. Send them in! We can start a “Name that Ancestor” section in the newsletter or on the website where people may be able to fill in the blanks.

We also, as an Executive, recognize that many of our ancestors’ memorials or grave markers are deteriorating badly. There is a website called “Find a Grave” ( on the internet and surprisingly, many cemeteries in North America are already uploaded. If you are able to locate your ancestors on this site (there is an easy to use search engine), you can upload photographs of their grave marker and photos of them in life, if you so wish. If the grave marker is badly eroded and difficult to read, a piece of sidewalk chalk rubbed over the stone will often bring up the writing for photography purposes and then wash away completely in the next couple of rains. Chalking will not harm the stone.

Our historians have given us so much. Let’s honour their work by putting faces to the names, offering a richer heritage for all.

If you have any questions or are having difficulty finding someone to scan images for you, this project is being spearheaded by Vanessa Warner. You can reach Vanessa at

Happy hunting for those old pictures!!!

Vanessa Warner
401- 88 Tollgate Road
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
N3R 7R5

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What's New?

Reunion 2018 - Save the Date!
The next Schürch Reunion is being held in Lewisburg, PA - a location we have not used before.
The dates: July 27 - 29, 2018
Go to Reunions for booking information.

April 2017 Newsletter Excerpts
Go to the Newsletter menu and click on the Newsletter Excerpts link

Reunion 2016 Commemorative Issue on Sale

If you already receive the newsletter, then you should have received this special issue. If you do not have a subscription to the Schürch newsletter, then you can order a copy of this special issue, highlighting the reunion in 2016 in Waterloo, Ontario. Send your order to the correct treasurer and Cary, the editor, will send out a copy.

American Treasurer: Jack Sherick
49 Lovel Court, Apt C Nutley, NJ 07110

Canadian Treasurer: Laurine Mills
1750 Killaly St. E., Port Colborne, ON L3K 5V3

Newsletter Excerpts online
Go to the Newsletter menu.

Reunion 2016 is Over

Watch for photo updates on this site

Schürch Database is online!

The Schürch family database, in its most current form, is now online at two sites:
(This tree, at RootsWeb, is free for all to view.)
(For subscribers)

Updated Booklist on Site

An updated book list is on this site. In the menu across the top, look under Historical Committee, Research Resources, Books related to the Schürch Family

Schürch Photo Gallery is up and Running

For more information about this project go to Photo Gallery Project page in the menu.