European Ancestors – Understanding France (10) Geographical Name Changes

Courtesy of Wikipedia
Flag adopted 15 Feb 1794

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE.

During the years of the Revolution many towns changed their names, the aim was to remove signs of royalty, nobility and religion, therefore the identification of a town can be tricky to locate during this period of French history.

The new names were typically based upon geography or on the principles of the Republic, and in 1814 most towns reverted to their original name. Records are classified under the name of the town currently used and you can view this page on Wikipedia which shows the communes that changed their names.

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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