France Goals:  1: Research   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Civil Registration   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Maps and Gazetteers   8: Newspapers   9: Websites   10: Search Records   11: Get Help  



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Goal 1: Learn about France research.


Choices:

A. Use effective research methods for your French ancestors.

    2017-10-01
  1. Learn about French genealogy in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: France Genealogy
  2. Get started with genealogy in France on the About.com site.
  3. Learn about resources for French research on FamilySearch and Ancestry.
    FS—Finding French Ancestors Online, Part 1—57:39
  4. Learn about using FranceGenWeb to access French records online.
    FS—Finding French Ancestors Online, Part 2—60:01
  5. Learn about using Geneanet to access French records online.
    FS—Finding French Ancestors Online, Part 3—46:51
  6. Learn about doing research in Paris.
    FS—Out of the Ashes of Paris—53:11
  7. Learn about beginning French research in this video.
    FS—Beginning Research in France, Part 1—17:48
  8. Here are tips for starting your French research.
    AB—How to Research French Ancestry
  9. 2017-10-06
  10. Explore French genealogy resources on the Guide to Genealogy site.
  11. Explore the Forebears.io site for research records.
  12. 2017-10-08

B. Learn about the French language, genealogy terms, and surname patterns.

  1. Learn about the French alphabet.
    FS—French Handwritten Records, Lesson 1—25:00
  2. Learn about key words and phrases in French.
    FS—French Handwritten Records, Part 2—25:00
  3. Learn more about reading French records.
    FS—Beginning Research in France, Part 3—30:00
  4. Learn about the French language and genealogy terms in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: French Language
    | AC—French Genealogy Terms
  5. Learn about French surname customs in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: French Names
    | AB—French Surnames
  6. Learn French paleography in this BYU Script Tutorial.
  7. Explore the online paleography course to learn to read old French handwriting.


Goal 2: Learn about France archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about France archives and libraries.

  1. Learn about French archives and libraries in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: France Archives and Libraries
  2. See also the Miscellaneous Archives and Libraries section of the article.
  3. Explore the Books We Own site for books that can be checked out or researched for you by others.

B. Explore France archives and libraries.

  1. Explore the Archives Portal Europe site.
  2. Explore the GeneaService site for online archives.
  3. Explore the Guide to Genealogy site for archive links.


Goal 3: Learn about France civil registration.


Choices:

A. Learn about France civil registration.

  1. Learn about French civil registration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: France Civil Registration
  2. Learn about Search Strategies for Vital Records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Search Strategies for Vital Records
  3. Learn more about French Civil Registration.
    AB—French Civil Registration
  4. 2017-10-06
  5. Learn about church and civil records in France.
    FS—Beginning Research in France, Part 2—20:00
  6. Explore French civil records by department.


Goal 4: Learn about French church, religious, and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about France church records.

  1. Learn about France church records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: France Church Records
  2. Learn how to find church and civil records in France. FS—Beginning Research in France, Part 2—19:18
    2017-10-02
  3. See also the Search Strategies section of the article.
  4. Explore French Huguenot resources in this website.
  5. Explore Jewish genealogy in France in this guide from the Center for Jewish History site.
  6. Explore the Jewish Genealogy Encyclopedia for Jewish resources in France.

B. Explore France cemetery records.

  1. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  2. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.


Goal 5: Learn about French emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about France emigration and immigration.

  1. Learn about France emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: France Emigration and Immigration
  2. Explore French-American immigration patterns in this website.
  3. Learn about French immigration to the United States in this website.
  4. Explore the Immigrant Ship site. Select a Volume, then choose France as the departure or arrival location.


Goal 6: Learn about France military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about France military records.

  1. Learn about France Military Records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: France Military Records

B. Explore French military records and resources.

  1. Explore the Memorial GenWeb site.
  2. Explore the Database of War Graves site for interments after 1870.


Goal 7: Learn about France maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about France maps and gazetteers.

  1. Learn about France maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: France Maps
  2. Learn about France gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: France Gazetteers

B. Explore French map resources.

  1. Explore the Perry-Castaneda map collection for France.
  2. Explore the David Rumsey collection of French maps.
  3. Explore old maps of France in the 1900 Collection.
  4. Explore the Ravenstein atlas for France.
  5. Explore the Cassini Cartographic site.
  6. Explore the Old Maps Online site for France maps.


Goal 8: Learn about French newspapers.


Choices:

A. Explore French newspapers for ancestor research.

  1. Search French newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  2. Search French newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  3. Search French newspapers in the ABYZ News Links site.





Goal 9: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for French research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  3. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  4. Explore links in the About.com site.
  5. Explore surname distribution (a map where certain surnames are prevalent) in France.


Goal 10: Search records from France.


Choices:

A. Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for France.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. Explore the FamilySearch page for French online record collections
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast or MyHeritage), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.
  3. Explore the Europe page of the GenealogyInTime website. Record collections are listed and described in order from newest to oldest additions, including FamilySearch, Ancestry, and many other sources.


Goal 11: Get help with your France research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the French Genealogy Facebook page.
  2. Visit the Genealogie page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the French Genealogy page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the Southern Europe Genealogy Research Community page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for France.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for France research.

  1. Search the RootsWeb site for France research mailing lists.
  2. Explore the France research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  3. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about France research.

C. Learn about France genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about France genealogy societies in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: France Societies
  2. Explore France genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.





QUIKLinks

FamilySearch   All Historical   Catalog
Toulouse Censuses: 1790-1891   1872 & 1886
Avranche Catholic Parish Records: 1533-1906
Protestant Church Records: 1536-1863


Ancestry
Paris & Vicinity:    Births    Marriage Banns
    Marriages    Death Notices
Allier:    Births   Marriages   Deaths
Alpes-Maritimes:    Births & Christenings
     Marriages
Marne:    Births   Marriages   Deaths
Marseilles:    Marriages
Oise:    Births & Christenings   Marriages
Saone-et-Loire:    Births    Marriages   Deaths
Upper Berry:    Births   Marriages   Deaths
Upper Brittany:    Births and Christenings
    Marriages   Death & Burials





France Provinces

Ain     Aisne     Allier     Alpes-de-Haute-Provence     Alpes-Maritimes     Ardèche     Ardennes     Ariège    
Aube     Aude     Aveyron     Bouches-du-Rhône    Calvados     Cantal     Charente     Charente-Maritime    
Cher     Corrèze     Corse-du-Sud     Haute-Corse    Côte d'Or     Côtes d'Armor     Creuse     Dordogne    
Doubs     Drôme     Eure     Eure-et-Loir    Finistère     Gard     Haute-Garonne     Gers     Gironde    
Hérault     Ille-et-Vilaine     Indre     Indre-et-Loire     Isère     Jura     Landes     Loir-et-Cher    
Loire     Haute-Loire     Loire-Atlantique     Loiret    Lot     Lot-et-Garonne     Lozère     Maine-et-Loire    
Manche     Marne     Haute-Marne     Haute-Corse    Mayenne     Meurthe-et-Moselle     Meuse     Morbihan    
Moselle     Nièvre     Nord     Oise     Orne     Pas-de-Calais     Puy-de-Dôme     Pyrénées-Atlantiques     Hautes-Pyrénées    
Pyrénées-Orientales     Bas-Rhin     Haut-Rhin     Rhône     Haute-Saône     Saône-et-Loire     Sarthe     Savoie    
Haute-Savoie     Paris     Seine-Maritime     Seine-et-Marne    Yvelines     Deux-Sèvres     Somme     Tarn    
Tarn-et-Garonne     Var     Vaucluse     Vendée    Vienne     Haute-Vienne     Vosges     Yonne