France, Convict Register (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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France, Convict Register, 1650-1867
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Record Description
Record Type: Criminal court records
Collection years: 1650-1867
Languages: English
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This is an index of convict registers from prisons in France.

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This set of records contains information such as name and age of prisoner, year of conviction, the reason for conviction, and the place and duration of detention.

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