Aude, France Genealogy

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



Aude is a Department in south-central France, named after the river Aude. It was created from the old province of Languedoc. It is surrounded by the departments of Pyrénées-Orientales, Ariège, Haute-Garonne, Tarn, and Hérault, with the Golfe du Lion on the east. [ (Wikipedia)

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Church Records and Civil Registration (Registres Paroissiaux et Etat civil) 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:
Here is the website for the Department Archives of Aude, where you will find these records.

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 localities, 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.

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 located around the world. To find a microfilm: Click on Aude , find and click on "Places within France, Aude," and choose your locality from the list.

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:

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.

Genealogical Societies and Help Groups

  • History and Genealogy in Minervois (Histoire et Généalogie en Minervois)
22 rue Pontus de la Gardie
11160 - Caunes-Minervois
Tel.: or (on Saturdays between 10:30 and 12:00)

  • Entraide Généalogique du Midi Toulousain
Siège social: 1, bis avenue Lamartine
31100 Toulouse

  • Association Narbonnaise de Généalogie
20 Rue Mazagran
11100 Narbonne

  • Cercle Généalogique de Languedoc
18, rue de la Tannerie
31400 Toulouse
Téléphone : 05 62 26 15 30