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Probate records are legal records that describe the distribution of a person's estate after he or she dies. In France certain kinds of notarial records are used as probate records.

Orphan and guardianship records (Tutelles, curatelles, émancipations)

Research use: Essential in determining names of birth and adoptive parents and siblings who were separated into various families.

Record type: Adoptions, custody proceedings and emancipations.

Time Period: 1500-present.

Contents: Names of orphans, deceased parents, guardians, surviving relatives, minor heirs, relationships, ages, dates, biographical data.

Location: Departmental and municipal archives, hospitals, notaries.

Percentage in Family History Library: 2%.

Population coverage: 10%.[1]


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: France,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1984-1998.


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