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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:

  1. Microfilms and microfiche are available for viewing at your nearest FamilySearch Center. For information see: Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche.
  2. 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
  3. The archives of France are available at:
    http:/fr.geneawiki.com/index.php/Archives_en_ligne

The following websites may also be helpful:

France Resources
https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/France_Resources

History of France – sites and blogs (in French)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Histoire-de-France-sites-et-blogs/348011018559505

Beginning Research in France: Part 1 of 2 (video and slides)
https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/beginning-research-in-france-part-1-of-2/560

FamilySearch Blog:https://familysearch.org/blog/en/searching-french-family-history-records/


Contents

Title in the Language of the Records

France, Quimper et Léon diocèse, registres des paroisses catholiques

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1772 to 1910.

In earlier years, separate registers were maintained for baptisms, marriages, and burials. However, towards the end of the 17 century the entries were generally intermingled. Entries were made in chronological order, with the records being written in Latin. Confirmations were not consistently recorded. Toward the latter half of the 19th century, pre-printed forms began to be used with the date and names written in by the officiating priest.

In 1539, François I issued the edict of Villers-Cotterêts, which required the Catholic Church to record baptisms. The Pope mandated that records be kept in 1563. In 1579 the edict of Blois required the church in France to register marriages and burials. In 1667, the Code Louis required that two copies of the registers be kept, with one deposited at the bailliage. Most parishes covered a single town or village. Large cities normally had multiple parishes.

French Catholic parish registers were created to record the church’s sacraments of baptism, marriage, and burial.

French Catholic parish registers are extremely reliable sources for French family history.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

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.

Catholic parishes in Finistere. Parish records, Archives diocesaines de Quimper et Leon, France.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in most baptismal entries may include the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Birt date of child
  • Name and gender of child
  • Legitimacy of child
  • Names of parents
  • Names of grandparents
  • Names of godparents

The key genealogical facts found in most marriage entries may include the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Marital status (this could be “previously unmarried” or be “widow” or “widower.”
  • Their residences and ages
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of the witnesses and their relationship to the bride and groom
  • Publication dates of the banns (This usually occurred three separate times before the marriage, allowing people to state any objections to the marriage.)
  • Women are always identified by their maiden name.

The key genealogical facts found in most burial entries may include the following information:

  • Date and place of burial
  • Date and place of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Age of deceased
  • Names of their parents (if unmarried) or name of the spouse
  • Names of witnesses and with their relationship to the deceased

Online Records

In August 2010 the first online records were published for the collection comprising parishes beginning with letters A and B.

The following parishes are included:

  • Argol
  • Arzano
  • Audierne
  • Bannalec
  • Brest-paroisse-Notre-Dame-des-Carmes
  • Brest Hospice Civile
  • Brest-paroisse-Lambézellec
  • Brest-paroisse-Saint-Louis
  • Brest-paroisse-Saint-Martin
  • Brest-paroisse-Saint-Pierre

Further revisions to the collection will follow as other parishes are published in future.

How to Use the Records

Parish registers are the best source for identifying individuals, parents, and spouses in France before 1792. Civil registration began in September 1792, and after this date, civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths is equally important. The information recorded in the parish registers confirms the information found in the civil registers.

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.

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links: ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page ⇒Select the "Département" category ⇒Select the "Commune" category ⇒Select the "Paroisse" category ⇒Select the "Type de registre et l'année" 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.

Known Issues with This Collection

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France, Quimper et Leon Catholic Diocese, 1772-1909

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"France, Quimper et Léon Catholic Diocese, 1772-1909," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F3PS-CTY : accessed 20 April 2012), Henri Gaston Louis Marie Lemonnier, died 18 February 1905; Catholic parishes in Finistere. Parish records, Archives diocesaines de Quimper et Leon, France.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.


 

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