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''[[Europe]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''[[France Genealogy|France]]'''{{France-sidebar}}
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Guide to '''France ancestry, family history, and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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==Country Information==
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*[[France Getting Started|Getting Started]]  
 
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*[[France Finding your ancestor in the records|Finding your ancestor in the records]]
 
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France is a country in Western Europe bordered by [[Belgium Genealogy|Belgium]], [[Luxembourg Genealogy|Luxembourg]], [[Germany Genealogy|Germany]], [[Switzerland Genealogy|Switzerland]], [[Italy Genealogy|Italy]], [[Monaco Genealogy|Monaco]], [[Spain Genealogy|Spain]], and [[Andorra Genealogy|Andorra]]. The French Republic was established in 1792. The official language is French.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "France," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France, accessed 23 March 2016.</ref>
  
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<h3>Getting Started with France Research</h3>
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Links to articles on getting started with France research.
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*[[France How to Guides|"How to" Guides]]
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*[[France Search Strategies for Births, Marriages and Deaths|Vital Record Search Strategies]]
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*How to find [[France - Birth - 1539-1791|births,]] [[France - Marriage - 1539-1791|marriages]], [[France - Death - 1539-1791|deaths]], 1539-1791
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*How to find [[France_-_Birth_-_1792-Present|births,]] [[France - Marriage - 1792-Present|marriages,]] and [[France - Death - 1792-Present|deaths,]] 1792-Present
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:[[France Genealogy#More France Research Strategies|''See More Research Strategies'']]
  
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<h3>France Research Tools</h3>
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Links to articles and websites that assist in French research.
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*[[France_Record_Selection_Table|Record Finder]]
*[[France Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
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*[[French Wordlist|French Word List]]
*[[France Biography|Biography]]  
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*[[French Handwriting|French Handwriting Guide]]  
*[[France Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]  
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*[[France Resources|France Resources]]
*[[France Census|Census]]  
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:[[France Genealogy#More France Research Tools|''See More Research Tools'']]
*[[France Church History|Church History]]
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*[[France Church Records|Church Records]]  
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*[[France Civil Registration- Vital Records|Civil Registration]]
 
*[[France Directories|Directories]]
 
*[[France Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
 
*[[France Ethnic Groups|Ethnic Groups]]
 
*[[France Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
 
*[[France Genealogy|Genealogy]]
 
*[[France Heraldry|Heraldry]]
 
*[[France Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]  
 
*[[France History|History]]
 
*[[France Huguenots|Huguenots]]
 
*[[Insee Number|Insee Number]]
 
*[[France Language and Languages|Language and Languages]]
 
*[[France Maps|Maps]]
 
*[[France Military Records|Military Records]]
 
*[[France Minorities|Minorities]]
 
*[[France Names, Personal|Names, Personal]]
 
*[[France Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
 
*[[France Newspapers|Newspapers]]
 
*[[France Nobility|Nobility]]
 
*[[France Notarial Records|Notarial Records]]
 
*[[France Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
*[[France Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 
*[[France Record Selection Table|Record Selection Table]]
 
*[[France Societies|Societies]]
 
*[[France Search Strategies for Births, Marriages and Deaths|Vital Record Search Strategies]]
 
  
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{{Click|Image:France_ORP.png|France Online Genealogy Records}}[[File:Ask the Community Button New Version.jpg|link=Genealogy_Help_on_Facebook]]
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*[http://www.geneanet.org/ GeneaNet]
 
*[http://wiki.geneanet.org/ GeneaWiki]
 
*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/europe/france/index.html France Genealogy Links]
 
*[http://genealogy.about.com/od/france/ French Genealogy &amp; Family History]
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/france.htm Cyndi's List: France]  
 
*[http://www.gefrance.com/ Genealogy and Family History in France]
 
*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/france.html France Genealogy]
 
*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/france/ France Genealogy Forum]
 
*[http://www.frenchlines.com/passenger_index_en.php Le Havre Passenger List 1864-1936]
 
*[http://anom.archivesnationales.culture.gouv.fr/caomec2/ Online records for Algeria]
 
*[http://infobel.com/France/ French Telephonedirectory]
 
  
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==France Clickable Map==
  
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==Departments==
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Today France is divided into 96 departments, plus 5 overseas departments. This number has changed over the years, in 1790 there were 83 and at the height of Napoleon's reign there were as many as 130. Records are kept on the town level, but one needs to know in which department the town is located.
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'''Note: The numbers in parentheses following the department name correspond to the numbers on the map above.  ''Territoire-de-Belfort'' does not have a number on the map; it is located immediately below Haut-Rhin (68).  The ''(1)'' on the map corresponds to the Paris area shown on the left inset. The final five departments listed below are overseas not shown on map above; their FamilySearch wiki pages may be opened by clicking on the names.'''
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*[[Ain|Ain]] (01)
 
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*[[Aisne|Aisne]] (02)
== Getting started with French research  ==
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*[[Allier|Allier]] (03)
 
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*[[Alpes-de-Haute-Provence|Alpes-de-Haute-Provence]] (04)
Welcome to the France page! FamilySearch Wiki is a community website dedicated to helping people throughout the world learn how to find their ancestors. Through the France page you can learn how to find, use, and analyze French records of genealogical value. The content is variously targeted to beginners, intermediate, and expert researchers. Here you will find helpful research tools and research guidance. Please visit the help page to learn more about using the site. The French Page is a work in progress, your contributions and feedback are essential! For help with specific areas in France, click [[:Category:France|here]] for a list of locations and topics.
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*[[Hautes-Alpes|Hautes-Alpes]] (05)
 
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*[[Alpes-Maritimes|Alpes-Maritimes]] (06)
''See the tutorials at the FamilySearch Learning Center on basic ''[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22France%22 ''French Research'']''and on&nbsp;''[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22France%22 ''Reading French Handwritten Records'']''.''
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*[[Ardèche|Ardèche]] (07)
 
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*[[Ardennes|Ardennes]] (08)
== History of France  ==
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*[[Ariège|Ariège]] (09)
 
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*[[Aube|Aube]] (10)
See the Facebook page ''[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Histoire-de-France-sites-et-blogs/348011018559505 "Histoire de France - sites et blogs"]'' for more information.
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*[[Aude|Aude]] (11)
 
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*[[Aveyron|Aveyron]] (12)
== Jurisdictions  ==
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*[[Bouches-du-Rhône|Bouches-du-Rhône]] (13)
 
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*[[Calvados|Calvados]] (14)
Prior to March 1790 France was organized into provinces.&nbsp; Several administrative regions of France still carry the names of the former provinces.
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*[[Cantal|Cantal]] (15)
 
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*[[Charente|Charente]] (16)
==== Historic Provinces (and their capitals) ====
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*[[Charente-Maritime, France Genealogy|Charente-Maritime]] (17)
 
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*[[Cher Genealogy|Cher]] (18)
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*[[Corrèze Genealogy|Corrèze]] (19)
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*[[Corse-du-Sud Genealogy|Corse-du-Sud]] (2A)
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*[[Haute-Corse Genealogy|Haute-Corse]] (2B)
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*[[Côte d'Or Genealogy|Côte d'Or]] (21)
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*[[Côtes d'Armor Genealogy|Côtes d'Armor]] (22)
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*[[Creuse Genealogy|Creuse]] (23)
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*[[Dordogne Genealogy|Dordogne]] (24)
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*[[Doubs Genealogy|Doubs]] (25)
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*[[Drôme Genealogy|Drôme]] (26)
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*[[Eure Genealogy|Eure]] (27)
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*[[Eure-et-Loir Genealogy|Eure-et-Loir]] (28)
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*[[Finistère|Finistère]] (29)
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*[[Gard|Gard]] (30)
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*[[Haute-Garonne|Haute-Garonne]] (31)
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*[[Gers|Gers]] (32)
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*[[Gironde|Gironde]](33)
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*[[Hérault|Hérault]] (34)
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*[[Ille-et-Vilaine|Ille-et-Vilaine]] (35)
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*[[Indre|Indre]] (36)
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*[[Indre-et-Loire|Indre-et-Loire]] (37)
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*[[Isère|Isère]] (38)
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*[[Jura|Jura]] (39)
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*[[Landes|Landes]] (40)
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*[[Loir-et-Cher|Loir-et-Cher]] (41)
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*[[Loire|Loire]] (42)
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*[[Haute-Loire|Haute-Loire]] (43)
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*[[Loire-Atlantique|Loire-Atlantique]] (44)
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*[[Loiret|Loiret]] (45)
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*[[Lot|Lot]] (46)
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*[[Lot-et-Garonne|Lot-et-Garonne]] (47)
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*[[Lozère|Lozère]] (48)
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*[[Maine-et-Loire|Maine-et-Loire]] (49)
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*[[Manche|Manche]] (50)
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*[[Marne|Marne]] (51)
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*[[Haute-Marne|Haute-Marne]] (52)
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*[[Mayenne|Mayenne]] (53)
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*[[Meurthe-et-Moselle|Meurthe-et-Moselle]] (54)
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*[[Meuse|Meuse]] (55)
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*[[Morbihan|Morbihan]] (56)
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*[[Moselle|Moselle]] (57)
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*[[Nièvre|Nièvre]] (58)
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*[[Nord|Nord]] (59)
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*[[Oise|Oise]] (60)
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*[[Orne|Orne]] (61)
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*[[Pas-de-Calais|Pas-de-Calais]] (62)
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*[[Puy-de-Dôme|Puy-de-Dôme]] (63)
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*[[Pyrénées-Atlantiques|Pyrénées-Atlantiques]] (64)
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*[[Hautes-Pyrénées|Hautes-Pyrénées]] (65)
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*[[Pyrénées-Orientales|Pyrénées-Orientales]](66)
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*[[Bas-Rhin|Bas-Rhin]] (67)
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*[[Haut-Rhin|Haut-Rhin]] (68)
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*[[Rhône|Rhône]] (69)
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*[[Haute-Saône|Haute-Saône]] (70)
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*[[Saône-et-Loire|Saône-et-Loire]] (71)
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*[[Sarthe|Sarthe]] (72)
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*[[Savoie|Savoie]] (73)
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*[[Haute-Savoie|Haute-Savoie]] (74)
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*[[Paris, France|Paris]] (75)
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*[[Seine-Maritime|Seine-Maritime]] (76)
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*[[Seine-et-Marne|Seine-et-Marne]] (77)
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*[[Yvelines|Yvelines]] (78)
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*[[Deux-Sèvres|Deux-Sèvres]] (79)
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*[[Somme|Somme]] (80)
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*[[Tarn|Tarn]] (81)
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*[[Tarn-et-Garonne|Tarn-et-Garonne]] (82)
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*[[Var|Var]] (83)
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*[[Vaucluse|Vaucluse]] (84)
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*[[Vendée|Vendée]] (85)
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*[[Vienne|Vienne]] (86)
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*[[Haute-Vienne|Haute-Vienne]] (87)
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*[[Vosges|Vosges]] (88)
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*[[Yonne|Yonne]] (89)
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*[[Territoire-de-Belfort|Territoire-de-Belfort]] (90)
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*[[Essonne|Essonne]] (91)
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*[[Hauts-de-Seine|Hauts-de-Seine]] (92)
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*[[Seine-St.Denis|Seine-St.Denis]] (93)
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*[[Val-de-Marne|Val-de-Marne]] (94)
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*[[Val-d’Oise|Val-d’Oise]] (95)
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*[[Guadeloupe Genealogy|Guadeloupe]]
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*[[Martinique Genealogy|Martinique]]
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*[[Guyane|Guyane]]
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*[[Reunion Island|La Réunion]]
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*[[Mayotte Genealogy|Mayotte]]
 
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*[[Alsace|Alsace (Strasbourg)]]
 
*[[Angoumois|Angoumois (Angoulême)]]
 
*[[Anjou|Anjou (Angers)]]
 
*[[Artois|Artois (Arras)]]
 
*[[Aunis|Aunis (La Rochelle)]]
 
*[[Auvergne|Auvergne (Clermont-Ferrand)]]
 
*[[Berry|Berry (Bourges)]]
 
*[[Bourbonnais|Bourbonnais (Moulins)]]
 
*[[Brittany|Brittany (Rennes)]]
 
*[[Burgundy|Burgundy (Dijon)]]
 
*[[Bearn|Béarn (Pau)]]
 
*[[Champagne|Champagne Troyes)]]
 
*[[Comtat|Comtat Venaissin (Papal Fief)]]
 
*[[Corsica|Corsica (Ajaccio)]]
 
*[[Dauphine|Dauphiné (Grenoble)]]
 
*[[Flandres and Hainaut|Flandres and Hainaut (Lille)]]
 
*[[Foix|Foix (Foix)]]
 
*[[Franche-Comte|Franche-Comté (Besançon)]]
 
*[[Guyenne and Gascony|Guyenne and Gascony (Bordeaux)]]
 
*[[Ile-de-France|Île-de-France (Paris)]]
 
  
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==Historic Provinces and their Capitols==
*[[Languedoc|Languedoc (Toulouse)]]  
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*[[Maine, France|Maine (Le Mans)]]  
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*[[Alsace|Alsace (Strasbourg)]]&nbsp;
*[[Marche|Marche (Guéret)]]  
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*[[Angoumois|Angoumois (Angoulême)]]&nbsp;
*[[Montbelliard|Montbelliard, Fief of Württemberg]]  
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*[[Anjou|Anjou (Angers)]]&nbsp;
*[[Mulhouse (Imperial Free City)|Imperial Free City of Mulhouse]]  
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*[[Artois|Artois (Arras)]]&nbsp;
*[[Nice|Nice, Sardinian Fief]]  
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*[[Aunis|Aunis (La Rochelle)]]&nbsp;
*[[Nivernais|Nivernais (Nevers)]]  
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*[[Auvergne, France Genealogy|Auvergne (Clermont-Ferrand)]]&nbsp;
*[[Normandy|Normandy (Rouen)]]  
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*[[Berry|Berry (Bourges)]]&nbsp;
*[[Orleanais|Orléanais (Orléans)]]  
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*[[Bourbonnais|Bourbonnais (Moulins)]]&nbsp;
*[[Picardy|Picardy (Amiens)]]  
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*[[Brittany|Brittany (Rennes)]]&nbsp;
*[[Poitou|Poitou (Poitiers)]]  
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*[[Burgundy|Burgundy (Dijon)]]&nbsp;
*[[Provence|Provence (Aix-en-Provence)]]  
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*[[Bearn|Béarn (Pau)]]&nbsp;
*[[Rhone-Alpes|Rhône-Alpes (Lyon)]]  
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*[[Roussillon|Roussillon (Perpignan)]]  
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*[[Champagne|Champagne Troyes)]]&nbsp;
*[[Saintonge|Saintonge (Saintes)]]  
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*[[Comtat|Comtat Venaissin (Papal Fief)]]&nbsp;
*[[Savoy|Savoy, a Sardinian Fief]]  
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*[[Corsica|Corsica (Ajaccio)]]&nbsp;
*[[Touraine|Touraine (Tours)]]  
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*[[Dauphiné|Dauphiné (Grenoble)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Flandres and Hainaut|Flandres and Hainaut (Lille)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Foix|Foix (Foix)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Franche-Comte|Franche-Comté (Besançon)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Guyenne and Gascony|Guyenne and Gascony (Bordeaux)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Ile-de-France|Île-de-France (Paris)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Languedoc|Languedoc (Toulouse)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Limousin|Limousin (Limoges)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Lorraine|Lorraine (Nancy)]]
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*[[Maine, France|Maine (Le Mans)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Marche|Marche (Guéret)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Montbelliard|Montbelliard, Fief of Württemberg]]&nbsp;
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*[[Mulhouse (Imperial Free City)|Imperial Free City of Mulhouse]]&nbsp;
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*[[Nice|Nice, County of]]&nbsp;
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*[[Nivernais|Nivernais (Nevers)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Normandy|Normandy (Rouen)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Orleanais|Orléanais (Orléans)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Picardy|Picardy (Amiens)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Poitou|Poitou (Poitiers)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Provence|Provence (Aix-en-Provence)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Rhone-Alpes|Rhône-Alpes (Lyon)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Roussillon|Roussillon (Perpignan)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Saintonge|Saintonge (Saintes)]]&nbsp;
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*[[Savoy|Savoy, Duchy of (Chambéry then Turin)]]&nbsp;
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*Savoie Propre (Chambéry)&nbsp;
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*Tarentaise (Moûtiers)&nbsp;
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*Maurienne (Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne)&nbsp;
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*Genevois (Annecy)&nbsp;
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*Chablais (Thonon-les-Bains)&nbsp;
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*Faucigny (Bonneville)&nbsp;
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*[[Touraine|Touraine (Tours)]]&nbsp;
 
*[[Trois-Eveches|Trois-Évêchés (Metz, Toul and Verdun)]]
 
*[[Trois-Eveches|Trois-Évêchés (Metz, Toul and Verdun)]]
  
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==French Oversees Territories==
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Many of the records of the French overseas territories are on-line at [http://anom.archivesnationales.culture.gouv.fr/ ''Les Archives nationales d’outre-mer'']'', ''literally The Overseas National Archives.<br>
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Today France is divided into 96 departments plus 4 overseas departments. This number has changed over the years, in 1790 there were 83 and at the height of Napoleon's reign there were as many as 130. Records are kept on the town level, but one needs to know in which department the town is located.
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==More France Research Strategies==
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Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first.  Below are additional research strategy wiki articles for France.
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*[[Media:Finding_Records_of_Your_Ancestors_in_France_.pdf|Finding Records of your Ancestors in France 1792 to 1880]]
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*[[France Getting Started|Getting Started]]
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*[[France What's the next step?|What's the next step?]]
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*[[France Finding your ancestor in the records|Finding your ancestor in the records]]
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*[[Germans from Russia|Germans from Russia]] - to locate German-speaking French citizens of Alsace-Lorraine
  
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Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in. Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools in France.<br>
| 2B [[Haute-Corse|Haute-Corse]]  
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*[[France Websites|France Records&nbsp;Websites]]  
| 40 [[Landes|Landes]]
 
| [[Oise|60 Oise]]
 
| [[Somme|80 Somme]]
 
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| [[Aisne|02 Aisne]]
 
| [[Côte d'Or|21 Côte d'Or]]
 
| [[Loir-et-Cher|41 Loir-et-Cher]]
 
| [[Orne|61 Orne]]
 
| [[Tarn|81 Tarn]]
 
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| [[Allier|03 Allier]]
 
| [[Côtes d'Armor|22 Côtes d'Armor]]
 
| [[Loire|42 Loire]]
 
| [[Pas-de-Calais|62 Pas-de-Calais]]
 
| [[Tarn-et-Garonne|82 Tarn-et-Garonne]]
 
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| [[Alpes-de-Haute-Provence|04 Alpes-de-Haute-Provence]]
 
| [[Creuse|23 Creuse]]
 
| [[Haute-Loire|43 Haute-Loire]]
 
| [[Puy-de-Dôme|63 Puy-de-Dôme]]
 
| [[Var|83 Var]]
 
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| [[Alpes (Hautes)|05 Alpes(Hautes)]]
 
| [[Dordogne|24 Dordogne]]
 
| [[Loire-Atlantique|44 Loire-Atlantique]]
 
| [[Pyrénéés-Atlantiques|64 Pyrénéés-Atlantiques]]
 
| [[Vaucluse|84 Vaucluse]]
 
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| [[Alpes-Maritimes|06 Alpes-Maritimes]]
 
| [[Doubs|25 Doubs]]
 
| [[Loiret|45 Loiret]]
 
| [[Pyrénéés(Hautes-)|65 Pyrénéés(Hautes-)]]
 
| [[Véndée|85 Véndée]]
 
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| [[Ardèche|07 Ardèche]]
 
| [[Drôme|26 Drôme]]
 
| [[Lot|46 Lot]]
 
| [[Pyrénéés-Orientales|66 Pyrénéés-Orientales]]
 
| [[Vienne|86 Vienne]]
 
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| [[Ardennes|08 Ardennes]]
 
| [[Eure|27 Eure]]
 
| [[Lot-et-Garonne|47 Lot-et-Garonne]]
 
| 67 [[Bas-Rhin|Bas-Rhin]]
 
| [[Vienne (Haute-)|87 Vienne (Haute-)]]
 
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| [[Ariège|09 Ariège]]
 
| [[Eure-et-Loir|28 Eure-et-Loir]]
 
| [[Lozère|48 Lozère]]
 
| 68 [[Haut-Rhin|Haut-Rhin]]
 
| [[Vosges|88 Vosges]]
 
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| [[Aube|10 Aube]]
 
| [[Finistère|29 Finistère]]
 
| [[Maine-et-Loire|49 Maine-et-Loire]]
 
| [[Rhône|69 Rhône]]
 
| [[Yonne|89 Yonne]]
 
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| [[Aude|11 Aude]]
 
| [[Gard|30 Gard]]
 
| [[Manche|50 Manche]]
 
| [[Saône (Haute-)|70 Saône (Haute-)]]
 
| [[Territoire-de-Belfort|90 Territoire-de-Belfort]]
 
|-
 
| [[Aveyron|12 Aveyron]]
 
| [[Haute-Garonne|31 Haute-Garonne]]
 
| [[Marne|51 Marne]]
 
| [[Saône-et-Loire|71 Saône-et-Loire]]
 
| [[Essonne|91 Essonne]]
 
|-
 
| [[Bouches-du-Rhône|13 Bouches-du-Rhône]]
 
| [[Gers|32 Gers]]
 
| [[Marne (Haute-)|52 Marne (Haute-)]]
 
| [[Sarthe|72 Sarthe]]
 
| [[Hauts-de-Seine|92 Hauts-de-Seine]]
 
|-
 
| [[Calvados|14 Calvados]]
 
| [[Gironde|33 Gironde]]
 
| [[Mayenne|53 Mayenne]]
 
| [[Savoie|73 Savoie]]
 
| [[Seine-St.Denis|93 Seine-St.Denis]]
 
|-
 
| [[Cantal|15 Cantal]]
 
| [[Hérault|34 Hérault]]
 
| [[Meurthe-et-Moselle|54 Meurthe-et-Moselle]]
 
| [[Savoie (Haute-)|74 Savoie (Haute-)]]
 
| [[Val-de-Marne|94 Val-de-Marne]]
 
|-
 
| [[Charente|16 Charente]]
 
| [[Ille-et-Vilaine (35), Brittany, France|35 Ille-et-Vilaine]]
 
| [[Meuse|55 Meuse]]
 
| [[Paris (Ville de)|75 Paris (Ville de)]]
 
| [[Val-d’Oise|95 Val-d’Oise]]
 
|-
 
| [[Charente-Maritime|17 Charente-Maritime]]
 
| [[Indre|36 Indre]]
 
| [[Morbihan|56 Morbihan]]
 
| [[Seine-Maritime|76 Seine-Maritime]]
 
| [[Guadeloupe|971 Guadeloupe]]
 
|-
 
| [[Cher|18 Cher]]
 
| [[Indre-et-Loire|37 Indre-et-Loire]]
 
| [[Moselle|57 Moselle]]
 
| [[Seine-et-Marne|77 Seine-et-Marne]]
 
| [[Martinique|972 Martinique]]
 
|-
 
| [[Corrèze|19 Corrèze]]
 
| [[Isère|38 Isère]]
 
| [[Nièvre|58 Nièvre]]
 
| [[Yvelines|78 Yvelines]]
 
| [[Guyane|973 ]][[Guyane|Guyane]]
 
|-
 
| [[Corse-du-Sud|2A Corse-du-Sud]]
 
| [[Jura|39 Jura]]
 
| [[Nord|59 Nord]]
 
| [[Sèvres (Deux-)|79 Sèvres (Deux-)]]
 
| [[Reunion Island|974 Réunion]]
 
|}
 
 
 
== Research Tools  ==
 
 
 
*Listing of all [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=1927089 records collections for France] available on FamilySearch.org.
 
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/images/f/f9/Finding_Records_of_Your_Ancestors_in_France_.pdf Finding Records of your Ancestors in France 1792 to 1880]  
 
 
*[[France Letter Writing Guide]]  
 
*[[France Letter Writing Guide]]  
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/images/b/b6/France_Research_Outline.pdf France Research Outline]  
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*[[Media:France_Research_Outline.pdf|France Research Outline]] - Created by FHL, contains many out-of-date links
 
*[[French Archives Online]]  
 
*[[French Archives Online]]  
*[[French Handwriting]]
 
 
*[[French Republican Calendar]]  
 
*[[French Republican Calendar]]  
*[[French Wordlist]]
 
 
*[[Gallica: The French “Library of Congress”]]  
 
*[[Gallica: The French “Library of Congress”]]  
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/Europe/France.pdf Research Guide for France by BYU]  
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*[http://www.culture.fr/Genealogie/Grand-Memorial Military records from the WWI Era 1887-1921 online]
*[[France Websites|France Records&nbsp;Websites]]
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*[http://www.geneanet.org/ GeneaNet]
 
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*[http://wiki.geneanet.org/ GeneaWiki]
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*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/europe/france/index.html France Genealogy Links]  
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*[http://genealogy.about.com/od/france/ French Genealogy &amp; Family History]  
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/france.htm Cyndi's List: France]  
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*[http://www.gefrance.com/ Genealogy and Family History in France]
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*[http://anom.archivesnationales.culture.gouv.fr/caomec2/ Online records for Algeria] - in French
  
*[[France Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)|France Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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==FamilySearch Resources==
*[[France Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|France Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.
*[[France Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|France Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
*[[France, Coutance, Parish Church Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|France, Coutance, Parich Church Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?q=france Learning Center] - Online genealogy courses
*[[France, Diocese of Coutances et d'Avranche, Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|France, Diocese of Coutances et d'Avranche, Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1927089?region=France Historical Records]
*[[France, Coutances et d'Avranche Diocese, Inquiries of Consanguinity (FamilySearch Historical Records)|France, Coutances et d'Avranche Diocese, Inquiries of Consanguinity (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=france Family History Center locator map]
*[[France, Protestant Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|France, Protestant Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[France, Quimper et Léon - Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|France, Quimper et Léon - Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
  
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French citizens of Alsace-Lorraine (Haut Rhin, Bas Rhin, Moselle) often speak German. Many people from this area moved to Russia and the Ukraine and are discussed in [[Germans from Russia|Germans from Russia]].  
 
 
 
== Did you know?  ==
 
 
 
*The archives of&nbsp;most of the ''départements''&nbsp;(states) in France&nbsp;and 60 French cities have digitized a wide range of historical records and made them available online. Additional French archives are coming online monthly.&nbsp;Records available often&nbsp;include birth, marriage, and death records, cadastral and other land records, military records, censuses, and more. Click [http://www.geneawiki.com/index.php/Archives_en_ligne#Archives_d.C3.A9partementales here] to see the latest updates.
 
*French national censuses are seldom used for primary research by most family historians, and many have not been microfilmed.
 
*Some French military records begin as early as the 1500s.&nbsp;Records&nbsp;since the 19th century&nbsp;may&nbsp;include information about an ancestor's military career, such as promotions, places served, pensions, and conduct. In addition, these records may include information about his age, birthplace, residence, occupation, physical description, and family members.
 
 
 
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Guide to France ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Country Information

France is a country in Western Europe bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Spain, and Andorra. The French Republic was established in 1792. The official language is French.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with France Research

Links to articles on getting started with France research.

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France Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in French research.

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France Clickable Map

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Click on the specific department name either on the map above or the list below to access the FamilySearch wiki article for that department.

Departments

Today France is divided into 96 departments, plus 5 overseas departments. This number has changed over the years, in 1790 there were 83 and at the height of Napoleon's reign there were as many as 130. Records are kept on the town level, but one needs to know in which department the town is located.

Note: The numbers in parentheses following the department name correspond to the numbers on the map above. Territoire-de-Belfort does not have a number on the map; it is located immediately below Haut-Rhin (68). The (1) on the map corresponds to the Paris area shown on the left inset. The final five departments listed below are overseas not shown on map above; their FamilySearch wiki pages may be opened by clicking on the names.

Historic Provinces and their Capitols

French Oversees Territories

Many of the records of the French overseas territories are on-line at Les Archives nationales d’outre-mer, literally The Overseas National Archives.

More France Research Strategies

Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first. Below are additional research strategy wiki articles for France.

More France Research Tools

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Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in. Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools in France.

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "France," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France, accessed 23 March 2016.