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Dordogne, France
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Record Description
Record Type: Church and Civil Registration
Collection years: 1540-1896
Languages: French
Title in the Language: France, Dordogne, Registres Paroissiaux et Etat-Civil, 1540-1896
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Archives Départmentales de la Dordogne


What is in This Collection?

This collection has church and civil registration records from Dordogne, France, which includes birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.

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Collection Content

The information in these records usually include the following:

Birth

  • Child's Name and Gender
  • Child's Birth date and Place
  • Father's Name, Age, Occupation and Residence
  • Mother's Name, including Maiden Name
  • Mother and Father's Marital Status
  • Names of Witnesses or Godparents, Age, Occupation and Residence

Marriage

  • Bride's Name
  • Groom's Name
  • Marriage Date and Place
  • Marriage Certificate and Banns Dates
  • Groom's Age, Marital Status, Occupation and Residence
  • Names of Groom's Parents (including Maiden Name of Mother)
  • Bride's Age, Occupation and Residence
  • Names of Bride's Parents, including Maiden Name of Mother
  • Birthplaces of Bride and Groom
  • Witnesses' Names, Ages and Occupations

Death

  • Gender
  • Death and Burial Date and Place
  • Date and Birthplace of Deceased
  • Name and Age at Death
  • Cause of Death
  • Father of Deceased and his Occupation
  • Marital Status of Deceased
  • If Married, the Name of the Spouse

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  • Your ancestor's full name
  • Date of birth or death

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

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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?

  • Consult the France Record Finder to find other records
  • 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

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"France, Dordogne, Registres Paroissiaux et Etat-Civil, 1540-1896." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 28 March 2018. Archives departmentales de la Dordogne (Departmental Archives of Dordogne), France.
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