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The online records for France are currently not available at FamilySearch. Publication of French records is authorized by the French Commission for Informatics and Liberties (CNIL). FamilySearch is negotiating with CNIL for approval to film and publish French records. Original images can be ordered or viewed through the following mediums:
- Microfilms and microfiche are available for viewing at your nearest FamilySearch Center. For information see: Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche.
- You may request a digital copy of items found in the Family History Library Catalog. For information see: https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Photoduplication_Services
- The archives of France are available at:
The following websites may also be helpful:
History of France – sites and blogs (in French)
Beginning Research in France: Part 1 of 2 (video and slides)
FamilySearch Blog: https://familysearch.org/blog/en/searching-french-family-history-records/
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This Collection will include records from 1612 to 1906.
The records vary in format depending on the church and location and time the church records were created. Some records are on printed forms, others are handwritten. The records are written in French.
This collection contains various Protestant church records collected and held by La Société de l’Histoire du Protestantisme Français from Protestant churches located in a variety of locations in France though principally Parisian. They included records from the Église réformé de Paris (Reformed church of Paris), Église méthodiste (Methodist Church), and the Église évangelique (Evangelical Church)
This collection was created to record the baptisms, marriages, and burial information of the individuals who were members of the religious organization.
French Protestant Church parish records are a reliable source for doing French genealogical research.
Citation For This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- Protestant parishes in France. France, Protestant church records. Société de l'Histoire du Protestantisme Français, Paris, France.
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The key genealogical facts found in most Protestant Church baptism records may include the following information:
- Name and sex of the child
- Name of Parents
- Mother's maiden name
- Baptismal date
- Place and date of birth
- Godparents (some records only)
The key genealogical facts found in most Protestant Church marriage records may include the following information:
- Names of the bride and groom
- Birthplace of bride and groom
- Names of parents of bride and groom
- Occupation of groom
- Place of residence of bride and groom
The key genealogical facts found in most Protestant deaths records may include the following information:
- Date and place where the person died
- Name of the deceased, age or date and place of birth
- Cause of death (illness, accident, senility, etc.)
- Residence of the deceased
How to Use the Record
Protestant church records are an excellent source for finding genealogical information about individuals who were not part of the Catholic Church in France.
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.
Search the Collection
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "France, Protestant Church Records, 1612-1906" category which takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one 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.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"France, Protestant Church Records, 1612-1906," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FGMX-7PB : accessed 23 April 2012), Jeanne Augustine Lebrun (1883).
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