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Origin of Kagi - Kagy in Switzerland
Posted by: Michael Kagay (ID *****1960) Date: April 27, 2011 at 12:44:14
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According to the "Familienamenbuch" (avilable on CD from Picton Press in the USA) Kagi families had "Heimat" rights (citizenship) in 24 towns and villages in Switzerland before 1800 and still exist there. (Today there are also many Kagi families in Zurich City, but all evidently after 1800.) Of the 24 locations, fully 20 are in Canton Zurich: eight in Hinwil District, six in Pfaffikon District, three in Winterthur District; these are all east of Zurich City. There is also one location each in three other districts of Canton Zurich. The four remaining locations consist of one each in other cantons adjacent to Canton Zurich: Thurgau (NE), St. Gallen (SE), Schwyz (south), and Aargau (west). Many are in Tosstal (Toss Valley) on or near the River Toss, the Tosstalstrasse motorway (Rt. 15), and the Tosstalbahn railway (S26). Relatively speaking, Hinwil District is upriver, Pfaffikon District is midriver, and Winterthur is downriver; the Toss flows northward before joining the Rhine. Some examples of these towns or villages are as follows: Baeretswil, Fischenthal, Ruti, Wald, Bauma, Wila, Turbenthal, Zell. The only location mentioned by Franklin Keagy, author of the 1899 Kagy family genealogy, was Wila (in Pfaffikon District) which he visited. I can't tell from the "Familienamenbuch" how many Kagi families are/were at each location or which ones might be the earliest. I'm wondering if anyone else on this Forum has any ideas about that? I have never vistied this area east of Zurich City, but if I had to guess at the location of "prime Kagiland," it might make sense to look toward the geographic center of this whole area, figuring people migrated in all directions in choosing mates, establishing new farms, etc. Alternatively, it might make sense in this type of terrain to migrate downriver or down-valley; and notice there are eight Kagi locations upriver, six midriver, and three downriver. Anyone else have thoughts or hypotheses? Cheers,

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