The Schürch Family Association of North America

Welcome to the Schürch Family Association of North America

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Who are the Schürchs?


Well, if your family name or that of any ancestor is Scherich, Scherch, Schirch, Schuerch, Sharick, Sherck, Sherick, Sherk, Sherrick, Shirck, Shirk or any of the more than 70 variants, you are a member of the Family. The Schürch Family originated in Switzerland and through emigration spread to North America in the late 1600s.

Our Swiss-German ancestors spelled their name Schürch and this is still the accepted spelling in Switzerland today. The Swiss also spell it ‘Schuerch’ exchanging the umlaut for the letter ‘e’. Our immigrant forefathers did not speak English and the clerks on the ships at the port of arrival did not usually speak German. Thus in Colonial America and later in the 1800s, various phonetic spellings were adopted. The name of the Family Association uses the Swiss spelling since it is the original surname and is representative of all the various branches of the family in North America today.

The Schürch Family Association of North America (SFANA) was created in 1982 by a group of individuals who were interested in preserving their family heritage. At that time, it was known that at least twenty-five individuals with likely ties to a Schürch family arrived in North America between the years 1727 and 1808. Many of those families (but not all) had ties to Sumiswald, Switzerland. Consequently, a sister organization, Schweizische Gesellschaft für Namenstrager Schürch (SGNS), developed around the same time, with similar goals. This sister organization has compiled extensive documentation on family branches in Switzerland.

The Swiss Schürch Association meets regularly. To learn more of the Schürch Family Association of Switzerland, abbreviated SGNS, visit the
Swiss Schürch Family.

SFANA has provided this site to disseminate information about our family and the activities of the Association. Check in on a regular basis to see the latest information on the biennial reunion, research and family happenings.

To learn more of the Schürchs who first landed on North American shores go to
Our History.


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How Many Ways Can One Spell Schürch?


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Schorch
Sharrach
Shirok
Schark
Schorck
Sharrich
Shirrock
Schearck
Schorg
Sherak
Shorck
Scheorck
Schorock
Shercg
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Scherch
Schorrock
Sherch
Shork
Scherck
Schuerch
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Shurck
Scherck
Schurcho
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Shurich
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Schürg
Sherig
Sierek
Scherege
Schurge
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Tscherck
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Schurch
Shereck
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Scherich
Schurger
Sherock
Tsherck
Scherick
Schurgo
Sherog
Tsherch
Scherk
Schuricht
Sherrick

Scherrich
Schurig
Sherrig

Schirch
Schurke
Shierk

Schirck
Scurean
Shirch

Schirg
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Schirk
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Schoerg
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What's New?

7th Cousins walk 700 km from Pennsylvania to Waterloo

7th cousins Erin Brubacher, a descendant of Maria Sherk, Code C3 and Christine Brubaker walked for a month on the trail of their ancestors. Follow the story on the links on the Family Happenings menu.

April Newsletter is Available

There are excerpts from the latest issue of our newsletter. Go to Newsletter in the menu and click on Excerpts. If you would like to order a full print edition fill in and mail the subscription form to the appropriate treasurer.

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 Reunion 2016

North American Schürchs will be gathering at Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo, Waterloo Ontario between August 4 and 7, 2016.
Schürch archives are stored there and will be on display during the reunion. Check back monthly for more information.

Madeline Improves her Game

Madeline Marck-Sherk is an up and coming golfer. Go to Family Happenings to learn about her.

Article in Swiss Paper

Cyril Beck wrote an article in a local Swiss paper about our Schürch family, association and history. Read it in German and English. Go to the page "Article in Swiss Paper"

Lisa Schirch is Honoured

Go to Family Happenings to learn more

Schürch Connection Study

Join Our Study to Learn How You Relate to Other Schürchs: Go to the Schürch Connection page in the menu

Biennial Schürch Reunion 2014

A brief summary of the reunion is availaOver 300 photos capture the events of the reunion. Go to Reunions and click on the link to the photos.


Preserving Castle Trachselwald

Donations accepted. Go to the page Family Happenings to learn more.

Schürch Photo Gallery is up and Running


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

John S. Shirk Award

Read about the latest receipient here.