France, Brittany, Public Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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France, Brittany, Public Records, 1793-1896
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Brittany, France
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Record Description
Record Type: Public
Collection years: 1793-1896
Languages: French
Title in the Language: France, Bretagne, Archives Publiques, 1793-1896
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This collection contains records from the administrative region of Brittany (Bretagne) which is comprised of the departments of Côtes-d'Armor, Finistère, Ille-et-Vilaine, and Morbihan.

What is in This Collection?

This collection indexes military records of the First French Republic, 1792-1804; the First French Empire (Napoleon Empire), 1804-1815; the Kingdom of France (the Bourbon Restoration), 1815-1830; Second French Republic, 1848-1852; the Second French Empire, 1852-1870; and into the Third French Republic. It contains records from the War of 1870, also known as the Franco-Prussian War. There are also are lay or ecclesiastical seigniorial records and records of firefighters from Rennes in the department Ille-et-Vilaine, as well as court records from the later years of the Kingdom of France (to 1792).

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"France, Bretagne, Archives Publiques, 1793-1896." Database. FamilySearch. : 15 August 2018. Geneanet SA, Paris.
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