FRENCH RECORDS EXTRACTION MANUAL

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CONTENTS

Chapter 1: OLD FRENCH RECORDS ................................................................... 5

Chapter 2: PARISH CHRISTENING AND CIVIL BIRTH ENTRIES.......................11

                  Marginal Notation …………………………………….………………………………............14

                  Date Phrase .........................................................................................................14

                  Ceremony   Phrase................................................................................................15                      

                  Officiating Agent Phrase ....................................................................................... 17

                  Child Phrase ........................................................................................................18

                  Sex and Legitimacy Phrase ...................................................................................18

                 Parent's Phrase......................................................................................................19

                 Occupations...........................................................................................................19

                 Godparents or Grandparents and Warning Phrase in Parish Entries.............................20

                 Witness Phrase in Civil Entries ................................................................................20

                 Certification Phrase ................................................................................................21

                Summary ...............................................................................................................22

 

Chapter 3: MARRIAGE ENTRIES .........................................................................25

                Marginal Notation ...................................................................................................30

                Locality Phrase .........................................................…………………………………...30

                Date Phrase ...........................................................................................................31

                Officiating Agent Phrase ......................................................................................... 31

                Ceremony Phrase ...................................................................................................32

                Confession and Wedding Mass ................................................................................34

                Groom's Information ................................................................................................34

                Bride's Information ..................................................................................................35

                Godparents and Witnesses......................................................................................37

                Certification and Seals............................................................................................ 37

                Summary...............................................................................................................38

Chapter 4: OTHER ENTRIES................................................................................41

                Death or Burial Records...........................................................................................42

                Stillborn Entries .................................................................................................... 43

                Marriage Information and Engagements ……………………………………….................. 43

                Name Changes and Legitimations ………………………………………………................ 43

                Confirmation Records..............................................................................................44 

                Signatures .............................................................................................................44

                Extracts ................................................................................................................44

                General Instructions................................................................................................44

Chapter 5: FRENCHDWRITING AND SPELLING................................................ 47

                Introduction ...........................................................................................................47

                Elements of Handwriting Style ................................................................................48

Chapter 6: NAME IDENTIFICATION.................................................................... 61

                Introduction .......................................................................................................... 61

                Techniques for Locating Names ………………………………………………………………61

                Identifying Names …...............................................................................................62                  

                Titles ....................................................................................................................63

                Terms Denoting Relationship ..................................................................................64

 Chapter 7: GENDER .......................................................................................... 67

                Phrases Denoting Gender .......................................................................................67

                Marginal Notations ................................................................................................ 68

 Chapter 8: DATES ............................................................................................. 69

                Overview of Calendar Systems ............................................................................... 69    

                Numbers ...............................................................................................................70             

                Years .................................................................................................................. .71

                Roman Numerals……………………………………………………………………............... 76

                Variations in Dates …………………………………………………………………….......... .76

                Fixed Feast Days ................................................................................................. 76

                Complementary Days …………………………………………….……………………...........77

                Ecclesiastical Calendars ……………………………………………………………………….77

                Conversion Chart for the French Republican Calendar ............................................... 79

Chapter 9: PUTTING IT ALL INTO PRACTICE ................................................ 83

                 Extraction Techniques: Summary........... …........................................................... 83

                 Extraction Techniques: Using a Names Catalog ......................................................84

                 Putting it All Into Practice ..................................................................................... 84

APPENDIX A: FRENCH O-CCUPATIONS LIST…............................................149

 APPENDIX 8: COMMON ABBREVIATIONS .................................................. 159

                 Given Names .................................................................................................... 160

APPENDIX C: ANSWERS TO SELF-EVALUATION EXERCISES...................161

GLOSSARY………............................................................................................ 165

BIBLIOGRAPHY ............................................................................................... 171