This site presents information pertaining to Regenass families and their relatives who had their roots in the Lampenberg, Niederdorf and the Ramlinsburg regions of Baselland, Switzerland. Although oriented around Regenass Families it also includes many other Baselland families linked by marriage. The primary source of the Swiss information has been church records dating back to the 16th Century maintained in the Staatsarchiv Baselland located in Liestal.
The Regenass Database is available to the public.
Some of the other Swiss families included in this database are Annen, Baschong, Börlin, Brodbeck, Buess, Bürgin, Buser, Degen, Dettwiller, Ehrsam, Erb, Erny, Fiechter, Flubacher, Frey, Furler, Gass, Graff, Grauwiler, Grieder, Gysin, Häfelfinger, Heid, Heinimann, Hersperger, Jenni, Keller, Lüdin, Madörin, Märklin, Martin, Meier, Müller, Mundwiler, Oberer, Rieder, Rudin, Salathe, Schäfer, Schaffner, Schaub, Schäublin, Schneider, Schweizer, Schwob, Seiler, Senn, Spinnler, Stohler, Straumann, Sumi, Suter, Thommen, Tschan, Tschopp, Tschudin, Vöglin, Wagner, Weber, Weibel, Wirz, Zeller. The names in bold are grandparents of mine.
Johannes Regenass baptized 20 Jan 1704 of Lampenberg, his wife, Margaretha Spielhofer of Eptingen and their four children: Johannes, Maria, Elisabeth, Salome, and Johan Jakob; they left for Philadelphia in 1738, but after that there is no record. One story, unconfirmed, claimed they were killed by indians.
Rommy (Remigius) Regenass born 1 Sep 1777 of Lampenberg and his recent bride, Magdalena Rudin also arrived in Philadelphia 22 June 1803 traveling on the same ship as Hans Jakob Regenass above. Also traveling with them were Magdalena's parents, Ursus Rudin of Arboldswil and Elisabeth Thommen of Ramlinsburg and their other children: Heinrich, Friedrick, Ursus, Elisabeth, Barbara. Johannes, and Johan Jakob. Rommy adopted the name Rhegness and the Rudin family adobted Rudy as their surname.
Johannes Regenass born 23 Sep 1849 of Niederdorf arrived in New York 6 Jan 1879 on the Ship Labrador . His wife, Elise Pauline Schneeberger arrived a year later with their children: Elise, Johannes, Emil, and Elisabeth Anna. They had four more children born in America. They adopted the name Reganess.
The children of Wilhelm Regenass born 23 Nov 1845 of Niederdorf and his third wife, Elisabeth Schaub. Most of them adopted the name Regeness. Wilhelm and Paul arrived in New York in 1904. Fritz arrived 25 September 1905 on the Ship La Gascogne. Henry is said to have arrived in 1912. Earnest arrived on18 Mar 1912 on the Ship George Washington. Elise arrived 5 June 1920 on the Ship Lapland.
The children of Jacob Schlag of Waldenburg and Elisabeth Regenass born 5 Jun 1800 of Niederdorf. They immigrated to America in the years after Jakob died in 1834. Heinrich and his brother Jacob arrived in Philadelphia 21 Oct 1847 on the ship "Seine". Gottlieb died in 1851. The remaining children: Emanuel, Jacob and their sister, Anna Maria arrived in 1852 where they rejoined their bothers in Allegheny Co., PA. Elisabeth remarried and remained in Switzerland with her second husband, Martin Berger.
The first mention of the Regenass name was found on the occasion of a court day in 1822 presided over by the prefect of Waldenburg, Kaspar von Regissheim. In that court day was the accused Werlin Regennass of Reigoldswil to have slain Kleinhans von Sumiswald at Waldenburg. Werlin Regennass was damned in contumaciam.