France, Civil Registration, Various Communes (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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France, Civil Registration, Various Communes, 1542-1900
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1542-1900
Languages: French
Title in the Language: France, Etat-Civil, 1542-1900
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Bibliothèque Généalogique et d'Histoire Sociale de France

What is in This Collection?

This collection has various birth, marriage, and death records from the Bibliotheque Genealogique et d'Histoire Sociale de France (The Genealogical and Social History Library of France).

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The information in these records usually include the following:


  • Birth Year
  • Baptism Date
  • Place of Baptism
  • Father's Name
  • Mother's Name
  • Baby's Gender


  • Bride's Name
  • Bride's Age
  • Groom's Name
  • Groom's Age
  • Marriage Date and Place
  • Groom's Mother's Name
  • Groom's Father's Name
  • Bride's Father's Name
  • Brides's Mother's Name


  • Name
  • Death Date and Place
  • Birthplace of Deceased
  • Age
  • Father of Deceased
  • Mother of Deceased
  • If Married, Spouse's Name

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are searching for
  • Date or approximate date of birth
  • Birthplace

Search the Index

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 of the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in 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 records 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, another 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
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies

Research Helps

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

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"France, Etat-Civil, Divers Communes, 1542-1900." Database. FamilySearch. : 26 July 2018. From "France, Etat-Civil, 1542-1900." Database. geneanet. : n.d. Bibliothèque Généalogique et d'Histoire Sociale de France, Creteil.
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