from Lichtensteig, St Gallen, Switzerland - end of 1736 - to

Charles Town -1 Feb. 1737 > Orangeburg, South Carolina

These pages have been composed as the result of the cooperation between members and editors of the OSG-GS
I wish to acknowledge the following persons for their contributions: Gene Jeffries and members of OSG-GS (SC, USA) and all others who have shared their research and files; Jim Steinwinder needs to be thanked for his excellent knowledge on the history of these papers and the fact he shared it all.
Special thanks to Beverly Shuler and Mary Bondurant Warren, who made it possible for me to work with the original handwriting of the first ministers in Orangeburg, members of the worldwide Giezendanner family. © Joop Giesendanner, the Netherlands

Please use this page to understand the German written originals,
do not hesitate to comment or improve, only together we achieve the best results:
mail to: Joop

         Given the time I will translate them all, but right now I rather do all transcriptions first

         In general a name ending on -in, will be used for the feminine members of a family,
so: Example Giessendannerin, is the daughter or wife of Mr. Giessendanner.

         Why is GieŖendaner in the original and Giessendanner in the transcript?
Because plain text is a rule on most genealogical sites, Ŗ may be ss or sz, both are allowed and used, the n is doubled because of the hyphen on top of it in the original

         Why are some parts of the transcript in red ?
These papers are over 250 years old and sometimes beyond reading, the ink has vanished, the page is torn, there is an ink spot, whatever reason, if the Xerox of the original was not readable I have filled the gap if possible with what I anticipated was there

         German language as found in the original is explained below





von mir copulirt worden

getauft worden

were married by me


mit ZeŁgen

bey ZeŁgen

witnessed by

with sponsors

nachdemm Sie etlichen Mahlen abgekŁndet worden (sind)

eheli erzeŁgetes u. gebohrenes Kind

after they have been announced many times

in wedlock begotten and born child, (more common:) legitimate

einmahlig in DeŁts(c)her / Englischer Sprache

ist durch den Heili(gen)
Tauff in die Gemeine Gottes aufgenommen

once in German / English language

by Baptism received in the Congregation of God

Seli (Ged.)


late / deceased /(remembered)




formerly (maiden name)


Privatim in * Haus


privately in the house of *






u(nd) seiner Ehe(r) Frauen


and his wife






Januarij, Janni




Februarij, Hornung




Martii, Mertzen




Aprillis, April








Junij, Brachmonath


June, Summer month


Julij, Heumonath


July, Hey month


August, Augstmonath


August, Harvest month


Septembris, Herbstmonath


September, Autumn month


Octobris, Weinmonath


October, Wine month


Novembris, Wintermonath


November, Winter month


Decembris, Christmonath, Xmonath




Anno 1740
"This Book should be carefully preserved that those who may wish to know of their family
may find it in the Book of Record."

John Giessendanner, the younger

Book of Record, Orangeburg, SC

original in

South Caroliniana Library, Columbia, SC

about the library

originals by date, but marriages first as in original

click in this column

Pictures by courtesy of 
Charles Howard Felder

Member of the Orangeburgh
German-Swiss Gen. Soc.
Member of the Salley Archives in Orangeburg

Ad Fontes 1,
History of South Carolina

1898 by Alexander S Salley

Back to the sources update 000622

Ad Fontes 2,
Register of the Church of Redeemer

1862 by John Lucas

Back to the sources update 001229

Ad Fontes 3
Orangeburgh Citizens Petition

A copy of this petition was made by William Backshell, acting Secretary of the province, for Mr. Giessendanner to take with him.

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Ad Fontes 4
presented by

The original Book of Record has been presented to the South Caroliniana Library in the early 1900's (most likely)

Back to the sources update 001229

Book of Record (Swiss-German part)

by Hans Ulrich Giessendanner, the elder
(copied by Rev. John Giessendanner)

mar 0
update 061118 - All postings with originals
Book of Record, marriages 1737-1738

Book of Record (Swiss-German part)

by Rev. John (Hans Ulrich) Giessendanner

mar 1
update 020806
Book of Record, marriages 1739-1749

Marriages after 1750
Book of Record (English part)

numbered as in Salley

by Rev. John (Hans Ulrich) Giessendanner
(I'm not at all sure the records are noted by the hand of Rev Giessendanner himself, yet these are the best available now)

mar 2
update 031114
Book of Record, marriages 1750-1768

Book of Record (Swiss-German part)

by Rev. John (Hans Ulrich) Giessendanner

bapt 1 
update 160601
Book of Record, baptisms 1739-1749

Baptisms after 1750
Book of Record (English part)

numbered as in Salley

by Rev. John (Hans Ulrich) Giessendanner
(I'm not at all sure the records are noted by the hand of Rev Giessendanner himself, yet these are the best available)

bapt 2
update 081225
Book of Record, baptisms 1750-1761

Burials (numbered as in Salley)

by Rev. John (Hans Ulrich) Giessendanner

bur 1
update 050512
Book of Record,.burials 1750-1761

Remarks and attachments, extra's and additional info

various including Holy Communions of 1750, 1753 and 1758

mem 1
update 060202
scattered memo's and inscriptions
Book of Record, memo's 1742-1783

Family name index with aliases (please view and respond)
Find records in which your family name is involved 1738-1761
(also if they are witnesses, sponsors, at location or just mentioned)

marriages / baptisms / burials / communions / memo's

families, period 1738-1761
update 120111
Book of Record,  related family names

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