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France has had many ethnic and religious minorities, including Germans, Swiss, Italians, Protestants, Jews, Gypsies, and Mennonites. It's important to learn the history of the ethnic, racial, and religious groups your ancestors belonged to. For example, you might study a history of the Protestants in France, Jews in Alsace, or Mennonites in Alsace-Lorraine and Montbéliard. This historical background can help you identify where your ancestors lived and when they lived there, where they migrated, the types of records where they might be listed, and other information to help you understand your family's history.
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France has had many ethnic and religious minorities, including Germans, Swiss, Italians, Protestants, Jews, Gypsies, and Mennonites. It's important to learn the history of the ethnic, racial, and religious groups your ancestors belonged to. For example, you might study a history of the Protestants in France, Jews in Alsace, or Mennonites in Alsace-Lorraine and Montbéliard. This historical background can help you identify where your ancestors lived and when they lived there, where they migrated, the types of records where they might be listed, and other information to help you understand your family's history.  
  
For most minorities in France there are some unique records and resources available. These include histories, inventories, biographical sources, settlement patterns, handbooks, and genealogical societies.
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For most minorities in France there are some unique records and resources available. These include histories, inventories, biographical sources, settlement patterns, handbooks, and genealogical societies.  
  
The Family History Library collects records of these groups, especially published histories. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog, Place search, under:
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The Family History Library collects records of these groups, especially published histories. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog, Place search, under:  
  
FRANCE - MINORITIES
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FRANCE - MINORITIES  
  
FRANCE, [DEPARTMENT] - MINORITIES
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FRANCE, [DEPARTMENT] - MINORITIES  
  
FRANCE, [PROVINCE] (REGION) - MINORITIES
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FRANCE, [PROVINCE] (REGION) - MINORITIES  
  
FRANCE - JEWISH HISTORY
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FRANCE - JEWISH HISTORY  
  
Other sources are also in the Subject section of the Family History Library Catalog under the name of the minority, such as HUGUENOTS, JEWS, GERMANS, or MENNONITES. Some sources are listed under [MINORITY] - FRANCE. Examples of these books are:
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Other sources are also in the Subject section of the Family History Library Catalog under the name of the minority, such as HUGUENOTS, JEWS, GERMANS, or MENNONITES. Some sources are listed under [MINORITY] - FRANCE. Examples of these books are:  
  
* Mathiot, Charles. ''Recherches historiques sur les Anabaptistes de l'ancienne principauté de Montbéliard, d'Alsace, et des régions voisines (Historical research regarding the Anabaptists [Mennonites] of Montbéliard, Alsace, and nearby regions).'' Belfort, France: Mission Intérieure luthérienne de Montbéliard, 1922. (FHL film 1,071,437 item 2.)
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*Mathiot, Charles. ''Recherches historiques sur les Anabaptistes de l'ancienne principauté de Montbéliard, d'Alsace, et des régions voisines (Historical research regarding the Anabaptists [Mennonites] of Montbéliard, Alsace, and nearby regions).'' Belfort, France: Mission Intérieure luthérienne de Montbéliard, 1922. (Family History Library film {{FHL|1071437|film|disp=1071437}} item 2.)
  
* Scheid, Elie. ''Histoire des Juifs d'Alsace (History of the Jews of Alsace)''. Paris, France: Librairie Armand Durlacher, 1887. Reprint. Strasbourg: Willy Fischer, 1975. (FHL book 944.383 F2; film 1,184,064 item 5.)
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*Scheid, Elie. ''Histoire des Juifs d'Alsace (History of the Jews of Alsace)''. Paris, France: Librairie Armand Durlacher, 1887. Reprint. Strasbourg: Willy Fischer, 1975. (Family History Library book {{FHL|944.383 F2|disp=944.383 F2}}; film {{FHL|1184064|film|disp=1184064}} item 5.)
  
The Family History Library also has many books about French people in other nations or states. These are listed in the Place search of the Family History Library Catalog under [NATION OR STATE] - MINORITIES and in the Subject search under FRENCH - [NATION OR STATE]. Additional examples of Subject search headings about French people in foreign lands include:
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The Family History Library also has many books about French people in other nations or states. These are listed in the Place search of the Family History Library Catalog under [NATION OR STATE] - MINORITIES and in the Subject search under FRENCH - [NATION OR STATE]. Additional examples of Subject search headings about French people in foreign lands include:  
  
ACADIANS
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ACADIANS  
  
CAJUNS - LOUISIANA
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CAJUNS - LOUISIANA  
  
CREOLES - MISSOURI
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CREOLES - MISSOURI  
  
FRENCH-CANADIANS - MAINE
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FRENCH-CANADIANS - MAINE  
  
HUGUENOTS - GERMANY
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HUGUENOTS - GERMANY  
  
In nations to which members of French ethnic or religious groups went, various local and national societies have been organized to gather, preserve, and share the cultural contributions and histories of their groups. Some examples are the various French-Canadian and Huguenot communities in North America. See the "Societies" section.
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In nations to which members of French ethnic or religious groups went, various local and national societies have been organized to gather, preserve, and share the cultural contributions and histories of their groups. Some examples are the various French-Canadian and Huguenot communities in North America. See the "Societies" section.  
  
See the "[[France Church History|Church History]]" and "[[France Church Records|Church Records]]" sections for more information about Huguenots, Mennonites, and other Christian religious minorities.
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See the "[[France Church History|Church History]]" and "[[France Church Records|Church Records]]" sections for more information about Huguenots, Mennonites, and other Christian religious minorities.  
  
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Latest revision as of 06:39, 7 January 2011

France has had many ethnic and religious minorities, including Germans, Swiss, Italians, Protestants, Jews, Gypsies, and Mennonites. It's important to learn the history of the ethnic, racial, and religious groups your ancestors belonged to. For example, you might study a history of the Protestants in France, Jews in Alsace, or Mennonites in Alsace-Lorraine and Montbéliard. This historical background can help you identify where your ancestors lived and when they lived there, where they migrated, the types of records where they might be listed, and other information to help you understand your family's history.

For most minorities in France there are some unique records and resources available. These include histories, inventories, biographical sources, settlement patterns, handbooks, and genealogical societies.

The Family History Library collects records of these groups, especially published histories. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog, Place search, under:

FRANCE - MINORITIES

FRANCE, [DEPARTMENT] - MINORITIES

FRANCE, [PROVINCE] (REGION) - MINORITIES

FRANCE - JEWISH HISTORY

Other sources are also in the Subject section of the Family History Library Catalog under the name of the minority, such as HUGUENOTS, JEWS, GERMANS, or MENNONITES. Some sources are listed under [MINORITY] - FRANCE. Examples of these books are:

  • Mathiot, Charles. Recherches historiques sur les Anabaptistes de l'ancienne principauté de Montbéliard, d'Alsace, et des régions voisines (Historical research regarding the Anabaptists [Mennonites] of Montbéliard, Alsace, and nearby regions). Belfort, France: Mission Intérieure luthérienne de Montbéliard, 1922. (Family History Library film 1071437 item 2.)
  • Scheid, Elie. Histoire des Juifs d'Alsace (History of the Jews of Alsace). Paris, France: Librairie Armand Durlacher, 1887. Reprint. Strasbourg: Willy Fischer, 1975. (Family History Library book 944.383 F2; film 1184064 item 5.)

The Family History Library also has many books about French people in other nations or states. These are listed in the Place search of the Family History Library Catalog under [NATION OR STATE] - MINORITIES and in the Subject search under FRENCH - [NATION OR STATE]. Additional examples of Subject search headings about French people in foreign lands include:

ACADIANS

CAJUNS - LOUISIANA

CREOLES - MISSOURI

FRENCH-CANADIANS - MAINE

HUGUENOTS - GERMANY

In nations to which members of French ethnic or religious groups went, various local and national societies have been organized to gather, preserve, and share the cultural contributions and histories of their groups. Some examples are the various French-Canadian and Huguenot communities in North America. See the "Societies" section.

See the "Church History" and "Church Records" sections for more information about Huguenots, Mennonites, and other Christian religious minorities.


 

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