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*[http://www.frenchlines.com/passenger_index_en.php Le Havre Passenger List 1864-1936]
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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 [[:Category:France|here]] for a list of locations and topics.  
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[[Image:400px-Tour eiffel at sunrise from the trocadero.jpg|thumb|right|200px|400px-Tour eiffel at sunrise from the trocadero.jpg]] 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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== History of France  ==
 
== History of France  ==
  
See the Facebook page ''[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Histoire-de-France-sites-et-blogs/348011018559505 "Histoire de France - sites et blogs"]'' for more information.  
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See the Facebook page ''[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Histoire-de-France-sites-et-blogs/348011018559505 "Histoire de France - sites et blogs"]'' for more information.<br>
  
 
== Jurisdictions  ==
 
== Jurisdictions  ==
  
 
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.  
 
==== Historic Provinces (and their capitals)  ====
 
 
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*[[Alsace|Alsace (Strasbourg)]]
 
*[[Angoumois|Angoumois (Angoulême)]]
 
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*[[Comtat|Comtat Venaissin (Papal Fief)]]
 
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*[[Franche-Comte|Franche-Comté (Besançon)]]
 
*[[Guyenne and Gascony|Guyenne and Gascony (Bordeaux)]]
 
*[[Ile-de-France|Île-de-France (Paris)]]
 
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*[[Maine, France|Maine (Le Mans)]]
 
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*[[Mulhouse (Imperial Free City)|Imperial Free City of Mulhouse]]
 
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**Savoie Propre (Chambéry)
 
**Tarentaise (Moûtiers)
 
**Maurienne (Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne)
 
**Genevois (Annecy)
 
**Chablais (Thonon-les-Bains)
 
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==== Departments  ====
 
==== 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.  
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{{DC button|State=France}}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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Many of the records of the French overseas territories are on-line at [http://anom.archivesnationales.culture.gouv.fr/ ''Les Archives nationales d’outre-mer'']'', ''literally The Overseas National Archives.<br>
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== [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/France_Civil_Registration-_Vital_Records France Civil Registration- Vital Records]<br>  ==
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Civil records are crucial for research in France. Civil authorities began registering births, marriages, and deaths in 1792. <br>
  
 
== Research Tools  ==
 
== Research Tools  ==
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*The archives of&nbsp;most of the ''départements''&nbsp;(states) in France&nbsp;and 60 French cities have digitized a wide range of historical records and made them available online. Additional French archives are coming online monthly.&nbsp;Records available often&nbsp;include birth, marriage, and death records, cadastral and other land records, military records, censuses, and more. Click [http://www.geneawiki.com/index.php/Archives_en_ligne#Archives_d.C3.A9partementales here] to see the latest updates.  
 
*The archives of&nbsp;most of the ''départements''&nbsp;(states) in France&nbsp;and 60 French cities have digitized a wide range of historical records and made them available online. Additional French archives are coming online monthly.&nbsp;Records available often&nbsp;include birth, marriage, and death records, cadastral and other land records, military records, censuses, and more. Click [http://www.geneawiki.com/index.php/Archives_en_ligne#Archives_d.C3.A9partementales 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.  
 
*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.&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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*Some [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/France_Military_Records 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. This is the link to [http://www.servicehistorique.sga.defense.gouv.fr/ France's Military Archive].<br>
  
 
== Things you can do  ==
 
== Things you can do  ==
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Getting started with French research

400px-Tour eiffel at sunrise from the trocadero.jpg
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.

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.

Historic Provinces (and their capitals)

 


 

French Overseas Territories

Many of the records of the French overseas territories are on-line at Les Archives nationales d’outre-mer, literally The Overseas National Archives.

France Civil Registration- Vital Records

Civil records are crucial for research in France. Civil authorities began registering births, marriages, and deaths in 1792.

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  • 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. This is the link to France's Military Archive.

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