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Title in the Language of the Records

France, index divers d'état-civil

Record Description

The collection consists of a name index from the website. Names included in the index come from multiple record types, including the following:

  • Church and Civil births (naissances)
  • Marriages (mariages)
  • Deaths (décès)
  • Marriage Banns (publications de mariage) This is a legal announcement of the marriage.
  • Marriage Promises (promesses de mariage) This is an engagement announcement.
  • Divorces (divorces)
  • Notarial Records (actes de notaire) by Notary Public

The majority of this index is unique to France. There is, however, a large portion of this index which includes records from the countries of Belgium, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Images of documents are available through

Record Content

Records may contain the following information:

Birth Records generally include the following information:

  • Full Name and Gender
  • Birth Date and Place
  • Date and Place of Baptism/Confirmation
  • Names of Parents and Godparents
  • Names of Witnesses

Marriage Records may include the following:

  • Names and Ages of Groom and Bride
  • Date and Place of Marriage
  • Birthplaces of Groom and Bride
  • Names of Groom’s Parents
  • Names of Bride’s Parents
  • Whether each was Baptized and where
  • Who performed the Marriage
  • Names of Witnesses

Death Records usually include:

  • Deceased’s Name and Age (keep in mind that death records for women may be filed under their married name)
  • Date and Place of Death
  • Date of Birth
  • Marital Status/Name of Spouse
  • Names of Parents
  • Cause of Death

How to Use the Record

To search by index:

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

When searching:

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as the name of your ancestor and the date or place of birth. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading These Records

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

Using the Information

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
  • Use the soldier's age and location of the military unit to find his family in census, church, and land records.
  • Use the county code and the certificate number to obtain a copy of the original death certificate from the county.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.
  • You may need to search for both their Indian name and their English name.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

Unable to Find your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. In addition local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the records of nearby localities (or military unties, counties, parishes, etc.).

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

France. Miscellaneous Indexes of Vital Records. Index courtesy of, Paris, France.


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