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.