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Title in the Language of the Records

France, Diocèse de Coutances et Avranche, Archives de paroisses catholiques

Image Visibility

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The Archives of France (in French)

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1533 to 1906.

Name index and images of Catholic parish registers recording events of baptism, marriage and burial in the Diocese of Coutances et d'Avranche. Parishes within this diocese are within the boundaries of the department of Manche.

Entries were made in chronological order, with the records being written in Latin. Confirmations were not consistently recorded.

Publication of French records is authorized by the French commission for Informatics and Liberties (CNIL). The French commission for Informatics and Liberties (CNIL) does not allow publication of sensitive data within the past 150 years.

Record Content

Baptismal records may include the following information:
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Birth date of child
  • Name and gender of child
  • Legitimacy of child
  • Names of parents
  • Names of grandparents of child
  • Names of godparents of child
Marriage records may include the following information:
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Marital status of the bride and groom
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of the witnesses and their relationship to the bride and groom
  • Publication dates of the marriage proclamations ("banns")
Burial records may include the following information:
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Names of parents of deceased or
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of witnesses (sometimes)

How to Use the Records

Parish registers are the best source for identifying individuals, parents, and spouses in France before 1792. Civil registration began in September 1792; after this date, civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths is equally important. The information recorded in the parish registers confirms the information found in the civil registers.

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name, fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Township" category
⇒Select the "Parish" category
⇒Select the "Year Range" category which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

For Help Reading These Records=

These records are in Latin. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

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French Genealogy & Family History 

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Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

Catholic parishes in France. Parish registers, Catholic Diocesan Archives, Coutances, France.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for France, Coutances et d'Avranche Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1533-1906.

Image Citation

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for France, Coutances et d'Avranche Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1533-1906.


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