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*[[France Getting Started|Getting Started]]
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*[[France What's the next step?|What's the next step?]]
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*[[France Finding your ancestor in the records|Finding your ancestor in the records]]
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*[[France Resources|France Resources]]
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*[[France Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
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*[[France Biography|Biography]]
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*[[France Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[[France Census|Census]]
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*[[France Church History|Church History]]
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*[[France Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[France Civil Registration- Vital Records|Civil Registration]]
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*[[France Directories|Directories]]
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*[[France Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
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*[[France Ethnic Groups|Ethnic Groups]]
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*[[France Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
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*[[France Genealogy|Genealogy]]
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*[[France Heraldry|Heraldry]]
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*[[France Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]
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*[[France History|History]]
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*[[France Huguenots|Huguenots]]
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*[[Insee Number|Insee Number]]
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*[[France Language and Languages|Language and Languages]]
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*[[France Maps|Maps]]
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*[[France Military Records|Military Records]]
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*[[France Minorities|Minorities]]
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*[[France Names, Personal|Names, Personal]]
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*[[France Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
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*[[France Newspapers|Newspapers]]
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*[[France Nobility|Nobility]]
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*[[France Notarial Records|Notarial Records]]
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*[[France Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[France Probate Records|Probate Records]]
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*[[France Record Selection Table|Record Selection Table]]
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*[[France Societies|Societies]]
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*[[France Search Strategies for Births, Marriages and Deaths|Vital Record Search Strategies]]
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*[http://www.geneanet.org/ GeneaNet]
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*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/europe/france/index.html France Genealogy Links]
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*[http://genealogy.about.com/od/france/ French Genealogy &amp; Family History]
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/france.htm Cyndi's List: France]
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*[http://www.gefrance.com/ Genealogy and Family History in France]
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*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/france.html France Genealogy]
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*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/france/ France Genealogy Forum]
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*[http://www.frenchlines.com/passenger_index_en.php Le Havre Passenger List 1864-1936]
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*[http://anom.archivesnationales.culture.gouv.fr/caomec2/ Online records for Algeria]
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*[http://infobel.com/France/ French Telephonedirectory]
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== Getting started with French research  ==
 
== Getting started with French research  ==
  
Welcome to the France page! FamilySearch Wiki is a community website dedicated to helping people throughout the world learn how to find their ancestors. Through the France page you can learn how to find, use, and analyze French records of genealogical value. The content is variously targeted to beginners, intermediate, and expert researchers. Here you will find helpful research tools and research guidance. Please visit the help page to learn more about using the site. The French Page is a work in progress, your contributions and feedback are essential! For help with specific areas in France, click [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Category:France here] for a list of locations and topics.  
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Welcome to the France page! FamilySearch Wiki is a community website dedicated to helping people throughout the world learn how to find their ancestors. Through the France page you can learn how to find, use, and analyze French records of genealogical value. The content is variously targeted to beginners, intermediate, and expert researchers. Here you will find helpful research tools and research guidance. Please visit the help page to learn more about using the site. The French Page is a work in progress, your contributions and feedback are essential! For help with specific areas in France, click [[:Category:France|here]] for a list of locations and topics.  
  
 
''See the tutorials at the FamilySearch Learning Center on basic ''[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22France%22 ''French Research'']''and on&nbsp;''[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22France%22 ''Reading French Handwritten Records'']''.''  
 
''See the tutorials at the FamilySearch Learning Center on basic ''[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22France%22 ''French Research'']''and on&nbsp;''[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22France%22 ''Reading French Handwritten Records'']''.''  
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Prior to March 1790 France was organized into provinces.&nbsp; Several administrative regions of France still carry the names of the former provinces.  
 
Prior to March 1790 France was organized into provinces.&nbsp; Several administrative regions of France still carry the names of the former provinces.  
  
==== Provinces (with their capital)  ====
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==== Historic Provinces (and their capitals)  ====
  
 
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*[[Montbelliard|Montbelliard, Fief of Württemberg]]  
 
*[[Montbelliard|Montbelliard, Fief of Württemberg]]  
 
*[[Mulhouse (Imperial Free City)|Imperial Free City of Mulhouse]]  
 
*[[Mulhouse (Imperial Free City)|Imperial Free City of Mulhouse]]  
*[[Nice|Nice, Sardinian Fief]]  
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*[[Nivernais|Nivernais (Nevers)]]  
 
*[[Nivernais|Nivernais (Nevers)]]  
 
*[[Normandy|Normandy (Rouen)]]  
 
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*[[Roussillon|Roussillon (Perpignan)]]  
 
*[[Roussillon|Roussillon (Perpignan)]]  
 
*[[Saintonge|Saintonge (Saintes)]]  
 
*[[Saintonge|Saintonge (Saintes)]]  
*[[Savoy|Savoy, a Sardinian Fief]]  
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*[[Touraine|Touraine (Tours)]]  
 
*[[Touraine|Touraine (Tours)]]  
 
*[[Trois-Eveches|Trois-Évêchés (Metz, Toul and Verdun)]]
 
*[[Trois-Eveches|Trois-Évêchés (Metz, Toul and Verdun)]]
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==== Departments  ====
 
==== Departments  ====
  
Today France is divided into 96 departments plus 4 overseas departments. This number has changed over the years, in 1790 there were 83 and at the height of Napoleon's reign there were as many as 130. Records are kept on the town level, but one needs to know in which department the town is located.  
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Today France is divided into 96 departments plus 5 overseas departments. This number has changed over the years, in 1790 there were 83 and at the height of Napoleon's reign there were as many as 130. Records are kept on the town level, but one needs to know in which department the town is located.  
  
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| 40 [[Landes|Landes]]  
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| [[Oise|60 Oise]]  
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| [[Somme|80 Somme]]
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*04 [[Alpes-de-Haute-Provence|Alpes-de-Haute-Provence]]  
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*05 [[Hautes-Alpes|Hautes-Alpes]]  
| [[Aisne|02 Aisne]]  
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*06 [[Alpes-Maritimes|Alpes-Maritimes]]  
| [[Côte d'Or|21 Côte d'Or]]  
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| [[Loir-et-Cher|41 Loir-et-Cher]]  
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*08 [[Ardennes|Ardennes]]  
| [[Orne|61 Orne]]  
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| [[Tarn|81 Tarn]]
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| [[Allier|03 Allier]]  
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| [[Côtes d'Armor|22 Côtes d'Armor]]  
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*13 [[Bouches-du-Rhône|Bouches-du-Rhône]]
| [[Loire|42 Loire]]  
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*14 [[Calvados|Calvados]]  
| [[Pas-de-Calais|62 Pas-de-Calais]]  
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*15 [[Cantal|Cantal]]  
| [[Portal:Tarn-et-Garonne|82 Tarn-et-Garonne]]
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*17 [[Charente-Maritime|Charente-Maritime]]  
| [[Alpes-de-Haute-Provence|04 Alpes-de-Haute-Provence]]  
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| [[Creuse|23 Creuse]]
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| [[Haute-Loire|43 Haute-Loire]]  
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*2A [[Corse-du-Sud|Corse-du-Sud]]  
| [[Puy-de-Dôme|63 Puy-de-Dôme]]  
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*2B [[Haute-Corse|Haute-Corse]]  
| [[Portal:Var|83 Var]]
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*22 [[Côtes d'Armor|Côtes d'Armor]]  
| [[Alpes (Hautes)|05 Alpes(Hautes)]]  
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*23 [[Creuse|Creuse]]  
| [[Dordogne|24 Dordogne]]  
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| [[Loire-Atlantique|44 Loire-Atlantique]]  
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*25 [[Doubs|Doubs]]  
| [[Pyrénéés-Atlantiques|64 Pyrénéés-Atlantiques]]  
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*26 [[Drôme|Drôme]]  
| [[Portal:Vaucluse|84 Vaucluse]]
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| [[Alpes-Maritimes|06 Alpes-Maritimes]]  
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*29 [[Finistère|Finistère]]  
| [[Doubs|25 Doubs]]  
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*30 [[Gard|Gard]]  
| [[Loiret|45 Loiret]]  
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*31 [[Haute-Garonne|Haute-Garonne]]  
| [[Pyrénéés(Hautes-)|65 Pyrénéés(Hautes-)]]  
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| [[Portal:Véndée|85 Véndée]]
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| [[Ardèche|07 Ardèche]]  
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| [[Drôme|26 Drôme]]  
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| [[Lot|46 Lot]]  
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| [[Pyrénéés-Orientales|66 Pyrénéés-Orientales]]  
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| [[Portal:Vienne|86 Vienne]]
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| [[Ardennes|08 Ardennes]]  
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| [[Eure|27 Eure]]  
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| [[Lot-et-Garonne|47 Lot-et-Garonne]]  
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| 67 [[Bas-Rhin|Bas-Rhin]]  
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| [[Portal:Vienne (Haute-)|87 Vienne (Haute-)]]
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| [[Ariège|09 Ariège]]  
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| [[Eure-et-Loir|28 Eure-et-Loir]]  
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| [[Lozère|48 Lozère]]  
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| 68 [[Haut-Rhin|Haut-Rhin]]  
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| [[Portal:Vosges|88 Vosges]]
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| [[Aube|10 Aube]]  
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| [[Finistère|29 Finistère]]  
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| [[Maine-et-Loire|49 Maine-et-Loire]]  
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| [[Rhône|69 Rhône]]  
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*53 [[Mayenne|Mayenne]]  
| [[Portal:Yonne|89 Yonne]]
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*54 [[Meurthe-et-Moselle|Meurthe-et-Moselle]]  
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*55 [[Meuse|Meuse]]  
| [[Aude|11 Aude]]  
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*56 [[Morbihan|Morbihan]]  
| [[Gard|30 Gard]]  
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*57 [[Moselle|Moselle]]
| [[Manche|50 Manche]]  
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*58 [[Nièvre|Nièvre]]  
| [[Portal:Saône (Haute-)|70 Saône (Haute-)]]  
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| [[Portal:Territoire-de-Belfort|90 Territoire-de-Belfort]]
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| [[Aveyron|12 Aveyron]]  
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*62 [[Pas-de-Calais|Pas-de-Calais]]  
| [[Haute-Garonne|31 Haute-Garonne]]  
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*63 [[Puy-de-Dôme|Puy-de-Dôme]]  
| [[Marne|51 Marne]]  
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*64 [[Pyrénées-Atlantiques|Pyrénées-Atlantiques]]  
| [[Saône-et-Loire|71 Saône-et-Loire]]  
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*65 [[Hautes-Pyrénées|Hautes-Pyrénées]]  
| [[Essonne|91 Essonne]]
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*66 [[Pyrénées-Orientales|Pyrénées-Orientales]]
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| [[Bouches-du-Rhône|13 Bouches-du-Rhône]]  
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| [[Gers|32 Gers]]  
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| [[Marne (Haute-)|52 Marne (Haute-)]]  
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*67 [[Bas-Rhin|Bas-Rhin]]  
| [[Sarthe|72 Sarthe]]
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*68 [[Haut-Rhin|Haut-Rhin]]  
| [[Hauts-de-Seine|92 Hauts-de-Seine]]
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*69 [[Rhône|Rhône]]  
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*70 [[Haute-Saône|Haute-Saône]]  
| [[Calvados|14 Calvados]]  
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*71 [[Saône-et-Loire|Saône-et-Loire]]  
| [[Gironde|33 Gironde]]  
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*72 [[Sarthe|Sarthe]]  
| [[Mayenne|53 Mayenne]]  
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*73 [[Savoie|Savoie]]  
| [[Savoie|73 Savoie]]  
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*74 [[Haute-Savoie|Haute-Savoie]]  
| [[Portal:Seine-St.Denis|93 Seine-St.Denis]]
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*75 [[Paris, France|Paris]]  
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*76 [[Seine-Maritime|Seine-Maritime]]  
| [[Cantal|15 Cantal]]
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*77 [[Seine-et-Marne|Seine-et-Marne]]  
| [[Hérault|34 Hérault]]
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*78 [[Yvelines|Yvelines]]  
| [[Meurthe-et-Moselle|54 Meurthe-et-Moselle]]  
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*79 [[Deux-Sèvres|Deux-Sèvres]]  
| [[Savoie (Haute-)|74 Savoie (Haute-)]]  
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*80 [[Somme|Somme]]
| [[Portal:Val-de-Marne|94 Val-de-Marne]]
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*81 [[Tarn|Tarn]]
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*82 [[Tarn-et-Garonne|Tarn-et-Garonne]]
| [[Charente|16 Charente]]  
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*83 [[Var|Var]]
| [[Ille-et-Vilaine (35), Brittany, France|35 Ille-et-Vilaine]]  
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*84 [[Vaucluse|Vaucluse]]
| [[Meuse|55 Meuse]]  
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*85 [[Vendée|Vendée]]
| [[Paris (Ville de)|75 Paris (Ville de)]]  
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*86 [[Vienne|Vienne]]
| [[Portal:Val-d’Oise|95 Val-d’Oise]]
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*87 [[Haute-Vienne|Haute-Vienne]]
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*88 [[Vosges|Vosges]]
| [[Charente-Maritime|17 Charente-Maritime]]  
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*89 [[Yonne|Yonne]]
| [[Indre|36 Indre]]  
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*90 [[Territoire-de-Belfort|Territoire-de-Belfort]]
| [[Morbihan|56 Morbihan]]  
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*91 [[Essonne|Essonne]]
| [[Portal:Seine-Maritime|76 Seine-Maritime]]  
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*92 [[Hauts-de-Seine|Hauts-de-Seine]]
| [[Guadeloupe|971 Guadeloupe]]
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*93 [[Seine-St.Denis|Seine-St.Denis]]
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*94 [[Val-de-Marne|Val-de-Marne]]
| [[Cher|18 Cher]]
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*95 [[Val-d’Oise|Val-d’Oise]]
| [[Indre-et-Loire|37 Indre-et-Loire]]  
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*971 [[Guadeloupe|Guadeloupe]]
| [[Moselle|57 Moselle]]  
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*972 [[Martinique|Martinique]]
| [[Portal:Seine-et-Marne|77 Seine-et-Marne]]  
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*973 [[Guyane|Guyane]]
| [[Martinique|972 Martinique]]
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*974 [[Reunion Island|La Réunion]]
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*976 [[Mayotte|Mayotte]]
| [[Corrèze|19 Corrèze]]  
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| [[Isère|38 Isère]]  
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| [[Nièvre|58 Nièvre]]  
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| [[Portal:Yvelines|78 Yvelines]]
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| [[Guyane|973 ]][[Guyane|Guyane]]
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| [[Corse-du-Sud|2A Corse-du-Sud]]  
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| [[Jura|39 Jura]]
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| [[Nord|59 Nord]]
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| [[Portal:Sèvres (Deux-)|79 Sèvres (Deux-)]]
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| [[Reunion Island|974 Réunion]]
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*Some French military records begin as early as the 1500s.&nbsp;Records&nbsp;since the 19th century&nbsp;may&nbsp;include information about an ancestor's military career, such as promotions, places served, pensions, and conduct. In addition, these records may include information about his age, birthplace, residence, occupation, physical description, and family members.
 
*Some French military records begin as early as the 1500s.&nbsp;Records&nbsp;since the 19th century&nbsp;may&nbsp;include information about an ancestor's military career, such as promotions, places served, pensions, and conduct. In addition, these records may include information about his age, birthplace, residence, occupation, physical description, and family members.
  
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*[http://www.frenchlines.com/passenger_index_en.php Le Havre Passenger List 1864-1936]
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Contents

Getting started with French research

Welcome to the France page! FamilySearch Wiki is a community website dedicated to helping people throughout the world learn how to find their ancestors. Through the France page you can learn how to find, use, and analyze French records of genealogical value. The content is variously targeted to beginners, intermediate, and expert researchers. Here you will find helpful research tools and research guidance. Please visit the help page to learn more about using the site. The French Page is a work in progress, your contributions and feedback are essential! For help with specific areas in France, click here for a list of locations and topics.

See the tutorials at the FamilySearch Learning Center on basic French Researchand on Reading French Handwritten Records.

History of France

See the Facebook page "Histoire de France - sites et blogs" for more information.

Jurisdictions

Prior to March 1790 France was organized into provinces.  Several administrative regions of France still carry the names of the former provinces.

Historic Provinces (and their capitals)

Departments

Today France is divided into 96 departments plus 5 overseas departments. This number has changed over the years, in 1790 there were 83 and at the height of Napoleon's reign there were as many as 130. Records are kept on the town level, but one needs to know in which department the town is located.

Research Tools

Wiki article describing online collections are found at:

Research Strategies

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French citizens of Alsace-Lorraine (Haut Rhin, Bas Rhin, Moselle) often speak German. Many people from this area moved to Russia and the Ukraine and are discussed in Germans from Russia.

Did you know?

  • The archives of most of the départements (states) in France and 60 French cities have digitized a wide range of historical records and made them available online. Additional French archives are coming online monthly. Records available often include birth, marriage, and death records, cadastral and other land records, military records, censuses, and more. Click here to see the latest updates.
  • French national censuses are seldom used for primary research by most family historians, and many have not been microfilmed.
  • Some French military records begin as early as the 1500s. Records since the 19th century may include information about an ancestor's military career, such as promotions, places served, pensions, and conduct. In addition, these records may include information about his age, birthplace, residence, occupation, physical description, and family members.

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