Ain, France Genealogy
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Guide to Ain ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers.
- 1 History
- 2 Localities (Communes)
- 3 Registres Paroissiaux et Etat civil (Church Records and Civil Registration) Online
- 4 Online Census Records
- 5 Online Local Databases and Extracted Records
- 6 Microfilm Records of the FamilySearch Library
- 7 Learning to Read Enough French to Do Genealogy
- 8 Genealogical Societies and Help Groups
- 9 Websites
- 10 Family History Centers
Ain is a department named after the Ain River on the eastern edge of France in the region Rhône-Alpes.The Department was created during the French Revolution and is subdivided into 9 districts, 49 cantons and 501 communes. Ain, Wikipedia
- List of communes in Ain
- Locom France
- Wikipedia list of communes in Ain
- List of historic communes in Ain
- Geoportail View in Chrome and translate, right click on site, and select "translate to English"
Registres Paroissiaux et Etat civil (Church Records and Civil Registration) Online
The vast majority of your research will be in church records and civil registration. For more information on these records and how to use them, read France Church Records and France Civil Registration. Fortunately, these records are available online from the archives of each department:
See Using France Online Department Archives for step by step instructions on finding and reading these records.
Online Census Records
Census records can support your search in civil and church records. They can help identify all family members. When families have similar names they help determine which children belong in each family. See France Census.
Online Local Databases and Extracted Records
Groups devoted to genealogy have also extracted and/or indexed records for specific towns, time periods, religious groups, etc. Since church records at the departmental archives are generally not indexed, you might find an index here that will speed up your searching.
- Ain Tout en Un Databases, see "Online Bases and Records"
- Ain Online Databases by Town
- ArborisGen Country of the Ain
- Genea-Bricolo Ain
- Collaborative Indexes for Ain
- Protestants de l'Ain
- Ain-Genealogie Click on "Recherches" in the left sidebar, then "Patronymes de l'Ain" or "Mariages".
Microfilm Records of the FamilySearch Library
The church and civil registration records have all been microfilmed. These microfilms may be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers around the world. To find a microfilm: Click on Ain , find and click on Places within France, Ain, and choose your town.
Learning to Read Enough French to Do Genealogy
It's easier than you think! You do not have to be fluent in French to use these records, as there is only a limited vocabulary used in them. By learning a few key phrases, you will be able to read them adequately. Here are some resources for learning to read French records.
There is a three-lesson course in reading handwriting in old French records:
- Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 1: The French Alphabet,
- Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 2: Key Words and Phrases
- Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 3: Reading French Records
These lessons focus on reading church record and civil registration records:
Another resource is the French Records Extraction Manual, Full Manual. Much more is covered, but these first four lessons are especially useful.
- Chapter 1: OLD FRENCH RECORDS
- Chapter 2: PARISH CHRISTENING AND CIVIL BIRTH ENTRIES
- Chapter 3: MARRIAGE ENTRIES
- Chapter 4: OTHER ENTRIES
- Chapter 5: FRENCH HANDWRITING AND SPELLING
Genealogical Societies and Help Groups
- Tout en Un
- Cousins 01
- Geneawiki: Sources
- Geneanet Ain Surname Search
- French Republican Calendar You will need this information to interpret dates for records from 1792-1805.
Family History Centers
- Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of FamilySearch and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States), located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy and family history by:
- Giving personal one-on-one assistance to patrons
- Providing access to genealogical records through the Internet or microfilm loan program
- Offering free how-to classes (varies by location)
- There is no cost to visit a Family History Center or FamilySearch Library. They are open to anyone with an interest in genealogical research.They are operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).
- Partner sites such as Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, FindMyPast.com, and many CD based collections can be searched free of charge.