Category Archives: Understanding France Series

European Ancestors – Understanding France (11) Calendar

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. The period from 1792 until 1806 is challenging for genealogists researching in France. During this period two things happened “Revolutionary” calendar introduced … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France 30 year War (9)

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, … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (8) (Divorce)

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Divorce was allowed in France during: Revolutionary period 20 September 1792 – 8 May 1816 Reinstated in 1884 Divorce records are usually … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (7) Marriages

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. During the period of 22 September 1792 and 26 July 1800 marriages had to be celebrated in the main canton, rather than … Continue reading

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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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