Doller valley Studer's all cousins

An english translation of a French newspaper article


The Studer's Of The Doller Valley Are All Cousins

According to a study made by M. Andre Studer, professor of history at the College of Kingersheim and originally from Kirchberg, the Studer's of Doller Valley should all be cousins.

A perusal of parish and civil records resulted in determining that all the Studers actually living in the valley, descended from the same ancestor, Jacob Studer, of Rimbach, married in 1647, survivor from the Thirty Year War. The Studer name appears in the first parish registers, at the end of the 16th Century, which confirms the belief that they were immigrants coming to live in the valley after that war. 

Jacob Studer had four children, 23 great-grand children, of which seven were boys who in turn had 60 children. Actually in the 12th or 13th generation, there are several hundred Studers descending from Jacob. In Rimbach alone during the 19th century, you can find 300 entries of births, marriages and deaths concerning this family. Entries are well enough numerous at Oberbruck since 1743, Sewen (1747), Kirchber (1792), and Dolleren (the first Studer arrived there during the Revolution). 

There are several interesting events concerning the population of the centuries past: big families of ten or more; a high infant mortality; high hopes for the feeble; practice of in-breeding (marriages with the Ringenbach, Bindler, Ebert, Behra, Kessler, Holstein); professions related to land (more day workers than proprietors); and the wood workers, also some artists (shoemakers and tailors), and a school master... in brief, a world of modest people leading an existence much more precarious than ours.

The Doller valley is located northwest of the city Mulhouse.