This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE.
The Thirty Year War spanned 1618-1648.
Conflict in France commenced in 1635, and battles took place in the north east of France, mostly centred in the Alsace and Lorraine region. Lorraine lost 60% of its inhabitants during this period.
The decisions by the Duke of Lorraine and the King of France from 1660 was to repopulate the region and rebuild the destroyed villages of Boismont, Lorraine and Wadgassen German Village.
Stonemason and builders from other regions of France, in particular Picordie and Savoie took the opportunity to access employment, as did many from Austria.
The map below is from Encyclopaedia Britannica (accessed 20 March 2022) and shows the changes in territory at the conclusion of the war.