France, Coutances et d'Avranche Diocese, Catholic Parish Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: France, Coutances et d'Avranche Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1533-1894 .
Title in the Language of the Records
France, Diocèse de Coutances et Avranche, Archives de paroisses catholiques
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The Archives of France (in French)
This Collection will include records from 1533 to 1906.
Name index and images of Catholic parish registers recording events of baptism, marriage and burial in the Diocese of Coutances et d'Avranche. Parishes within this diocese are within the boundaries of the department of Manche.
Entries were made in chronological order, with the records being written in Latin. Confirmations were not consistently recorded.
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for France, Coutances et d'Avranche Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1533-1906.|
Record ContentBaptismal records may include the following information:
- Date and place of baptism
- Birth date of child
- Name and gender of child
- Legitimacy of child
- Names of parents
- Names of grandparents of child
- Names of godparents of child
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- Date and place of marriage
- Names of the bride and groom
- Marital status of the bride and groom
- Names of groom's parents
- Names of bride's parents
- Names of the witnesses and their relationship to the bride and groom
- Publication dates of the marriage proclamations ("banns")
- Name and age of deceased
- Date and place of death
- Names of parents of deceased or
- Name of spouse
- Names of witnesses (sometimes)
How to Use the Records
Parish registers are the best source for identifying individuals, parents, and spouses in France before 1792. Civil registration began in September 1792 and after this date, civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths is equally important. The information recorded in the parish registers confirms the information found in the civil registers.
These records are in Latin and French. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
Search the Collection
To search by index:
Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination.
To search by image:
Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
Select the appropriate “Township”
Select the appropriate “Parish”
Select the appropriate “Year Range” which takes you to the images
Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
|FHL Place France, Manche, Coutances items or FHL Keyword France, Manche, Coutances items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see France Archives and Libraries.|
Learning Center Videos:
- Basic French Research
- Beginning Research in France: Part 1 of 2
- Using French Websites
- Reading French Records
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Citations for This Collection
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"France, diocèse de Coutances et d'Avranche, registres paroissiaux, 1533-1906." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Archives diocesaines de Coutances et d'Avranche, Normandie [Coutances et d'Avranche Diocese Archives, Normandy].
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
|The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for France, Coutances et d'Avranche Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1533-1906.|
|The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for France, Coutances et d'Avranche Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1533-1906.|