Ardèche (France) Records Online

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Overview:

  • This website contains digitized original records
  • Use this website to research French Land Register maps, Parish records and Civil Records online

Content: in French

Access to a growing number of free online digitized historical documents'

Internet Address:

Using the site:

Three main types of documents:

  1. Les registres paroissiaux: Parish registers (before 1793). You have a choice of dial-up or high speed connection.
    • “Choisissez une commune” (Pick a town) by clicking on the arrow and click “Rechercher” (Search).
    • Click on “Affichez” for the area you want and zoom in for a closer look.
    • Can be downloaded (enregister) or printed (imprimer).

2. Les actes d’etat civil: Civil registers (1792-1902)

    • “Choisissez une commune” (Pick a town) by clicking on the arrow. Select “Naissances” (births), “Mariages” (marriages), “Décès” (deaths) or “Tables” (tables)
    • Select the time frame for your search (not required). If you have a Revolutionary calendar date click on the “Calendrier Révolutionnaire” then “Lancer la recherche” (Search).
    • Click on “Afficher” then zoom in to read the records. Go to the next page by clicking on “>>”. Go to the previous page by clicking “<<”.
    • Image can be downloaded or printed.

3. Plans cadastraux: 2 kinds of Land Registry maps: Napoléonien (1807-1847) et Rénové (after 1930-1970).

    • “Choisissez une commune” (Pick a town) by clicking on the arrow and click “Rechercher” (Search).
    • Click on “Affichez” for the area you want and zoom in for a closer look.
    • Can be downloaded or printed.

Cost:

Free

Tips:

  • Only the Catholic church'records are available. Some villages are not listed there because they were created after the French Revolution.
  • Pages are slow to load even with a DSL connection, so be patient.
  • For an index to the marriages in the ten-year indexes for the towns see http://marylb.free.fr/ardecheaufildutemps/