France, Calvados, Military Registration Cards, 1867-1921 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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France, Calvados, Military Registration Cards, 1867-1921
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Calvados, France
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Record Description
Record Type: Military
Collection years: 1867-1921
Languages: French
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Related Websites
Archives départementales du Calvados

Why Should I Look at This Collection?

This is a collection of military draft cards for men born between 1867 and 1921.

What is in This Collection?

The registration cards in this collection may contain:

  • Birthplace
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' residence
  • A physical description of the soldier
  • Military cirriculum
  • Details about wounds

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Images for the collection can be viewed by accessing Registers, Registers

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's name
  • Approximate birthdate
  • Your ancestor's parents' names

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Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching civil registration in the country
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, one or the other collection may be more helpful
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. *Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. *Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in France.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"France, Calvados, Military Registration Cards, 1867-1921." Database. FamilySearch. : 17 September 2018. Archives départementales du Calvados (Departmental Archives of Calvados), France.
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