Category Archives: France

European Ancestors – Understanding France (6) Burials

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Before 1792, there was no death registration in France. The closest record available was burial records, these were written by priests and … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (5) Deaths

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. After 1792, deaths were required to be registered by civil officials. Information was believed to be more precise than previous, and generally … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (10) Geographical Name Changes

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, … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (4) (Baptisms)

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Before 1792, there was no birth registration in France. The closest record available was baptism records and these contained: Date of the … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (3) (Births)

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. After 1792, births were required to be registered by civil officials. Information was believed to be more precise than previous, and generally … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (2) (Paris)

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Following the defeat of France after the Franco-Prussian war 1870-1871, a fire broke out in two locations in Paris, that held copies … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (1) (Census)

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. 1791 was the first population census, but it is rare to find a surviving document from that time. The majority of towns … Continue reading

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