Ardèche, France Genealogy

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Guide to Ardèche ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.


Ardèche is a Department in the south-central France named after the Ardèche River. The department of Ardèche, corresponding to the ancient province of Vivarais, is part of the current region of Rhône-Alpes and was formerly part of the province of Languedoc.


Online Church Registers and Civil Registration

The vast majority of your research will be in church records and civil registration. Fortunately, these records are available online from the archives of each department.

Finding Church Records and Civil Registration Online

Each Department of France has archives that provide digitized images of these records.
Here is the website for the Department Archives of Ardèche, where you will find these records.
Ardèche Departmental Archives

  • Registres paroissiaux (parish registers)
  • Registres d'état civil (civil registration)
  • Censuses (Recensements)

See Using France Online Department Archives for step by step instructions on finding and reading these records.

Search Strategy

How to Read the Records

Learning to Read Enough French to Do Genealogy

French Genealogical Word List
French Handwriting.
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



SAGA www.saga/online Société des Amateurs de Généalogie de l'Ardèche Rayon d'action: Ardèche. Adresse postale SAGA BP 3 - 07210 CHOMERAC


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