Getting started with French research
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 here for a list of locations and topics.
History of France
See the Facebook page "Histoire de France - sites et blogs" for more information.
Prior to March 1790 France was organized into provinces. Several administrative regions of France still carry the names of the former provinces.
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