Welcome to the website of the Naeff family and relatives
Soon the Naeffs will meet again - hundreds of them - to the biggest and probably oldest family reunion in Switzerland. A celebration that started over 150 years ago with a small family has now grown to 300 people, and everyone is related to you!
Here you can get information all about the family Naeff, including the history of the Naeffs, their hometown Altstätten SG and of course the Naeffen reunion.
The date for the Naeffenfest 2024 is set: June 21st - 23rd
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Most Recent News:
A lot has happened behind the scenes in the last few months. The information flow has been a little sparse, here are some updates.
First and foremost: The registration for the reunion will open in the next few weeks!
The committee has met every 1-2 months since last summer. In between we worked on the many tasks which are needed to plan such a reunion. Because it only takes place every 5 years, there is a lot of information to dig out. It starts with ensuring that the farmer allows us to use the plot for the reunion and continues with talks to the municipality, organization of food, beverages and entertainment. All of this by a committee of volunteers where job, children and family can not come short. We are now at the point where we can soon send out the invitations! We would like to ask you this year to do the registration online via the family tree. It would reduce the work on our end greatly.
As always, the budget is a limiting factor. On one side we want to plan a great reunion with an appealing program for everyone, on the other side we have to keep the costs at bay and we rely on many volunteers (starting at the committee and then also during the reunion). Further, we want to keep many traditional aspects of the reunion but we also want to make it attractive for the younger generations. This all needs ideas, people to execute them and at the end it all has to fit into the budget. We are lucky and in a very comfortable position that the reunion does not have to be covered completely by the reunion fees, but of course we want to continue the reunion for many generations and therefore we also rely on sponsoring. Some things change from reunion to reunion, sometimes we have family members which volunteer to take over bigger tasks, other times we have to hire external people and need to consider higher costs.
Many updates have been entered into the family tree in the last few weeks. Especially in February where all the replies we received through our e-mail request were entered into the system. It is also getting to the point where an updated print-out of the family tree has to be generated again (the current downloads for printing are from December 2021). The updates to the printed version will be done in the next few weeks and it will also get communicated here. Shortly before the reunion another updated printed version will be made available again.
The kick-off meeting for the family reunion 2024 took place on May 31st!
We distributed some duties and functions among the committee members, we defined some initial tasks and we discussed things that should change or stay "as they always were".
Date of the family reunion: June 21. - 23, 2024
Life and family situations change in the 5 years between our reunions. We appeal to all of you to
- update the Online Familytree so that we can contact you and your relatives with further news
- help with the planning and/or during the reunion. Many bigger and smaller functions need support
- The reunion can only take place with enough help from all of you and a well-staffed committee. We also need help to maintain the family tree and to keep our website(s) up to date.
The family trees for viewing, download and print on are now updated with content of September 18, 2021.