Gers, France Genealogy

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

Church Records 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

Gers is one of only three Departments of France that has not digitized and published images of these records.

Church Records

Microfilms of church records are available to search through a Family History Center.

  • The parish registers for Gers have been microfilmed, but not digitized. The best way to access them is to visit your nearest Family History Center, where microfilms may be ordered for reading for a small fee.
a. Click on this link to see a list of records for France, Gers.
b. Click on "Places within France, Gers" and a list of towns and cities will open.
c. Click on the town or city you wish to search.
d. Click on "Church Records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Choose the correct event and time period for your ancestor.
f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. Clicking on the microfilm reel will lead to information on how to rent the film. Family History Center staff will assist you in ordering the film.

Civil Registration

Here is the website for the Department Archives of Gers, where you can write for these records.

Departmental Archives of the Gers
81 road Pessan
BP 21-32001 AUCH CEDEX

How to Read the Records

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.
French Genealogical Word List
French Handwriting.
  • There is a three-lesson course in reading French Records:
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

Family History Centers