France, Coutances et d'Avranche Diocese, Catholic Parish Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Parish Records
Collection years: 1533-1906
Languages: French
Title in the Language: France, Diocèse de Coutances et Avranche, Archives de paroisses catholiques, 1533-1906
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Archives, diocesaines de Coutances et d'Avranche, Normandie


What is in this Collection?

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.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for France, Coutances et d'Avranche Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1533-1894.

Image Visibility

Publication of French records at FamilySearch.org is authorized by the French Commission for Informatics and Liberties (CNIL). CNIL does not allow publication of sensitive data below 150 years. If any of the entries on a film exceed the cut off dates, the entire film will be restricted from online publication. For example, a record from 1840 may not show up if there are entries for 1880 on the same film. Images for additional years may be viewed on microfilm and through other mediums.

Microfilms and microfiche are available for viewing at your nearest FamilySearch Center. For information see: Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche. The Archives of France (in French)

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Baptism records may contain 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

Marriage records may include the following information:

  • 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")

Burial records may include the following information:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Names of parents of deceased or
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of witnesses (sometimes)

How Do I Search This Collection?

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.

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

Look at each image or record comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images or records and compare the information about the individuals listed to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind there may be more than one person in the records with the same name and you will want to look carefully at dates, places and relations to identify your ancestor from another person. You also may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name if they were known by a nickname or changed their name from the original birth record name. Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life and may be listed in records with any of those variations. To search the collection 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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records in the country.
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, one or the other collection may be more helpful.
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"France, diocèse de Coutances et d'Avranche, registres paroissiaux, 1533-1906." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. 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.


Image Citation

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.

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