France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932
This article describes a collection of records at
Rhône, France
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Location of Rhône, France
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Record Description
Record Type: Military Registration
Collection years: 1865-1932
Languages: French
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Related Websites
Archives Départementales du Rhône

What is in This Collection?

This collection contains an index of military draft cards for men born between 1865-1932. Each record contains information about the solider such as name, birthplace, residence, occupation, parents' names and their residence, a physical description of the soldier, military curriculum, and details about wounds.

Reading These Records

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What Can These Records Tell Me?


  • Birth date
  • Birth year
  • Birth place
  • Surname
  • Gender


  • Place of residence
  • Registration date
  • Registration place


  • Father's given name
  • Father's surname
  • Mother's given name
  • Mother's surname

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Ancestor's name
  • Date of birth
  • Birth place

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 church or civil records
  • Continue to search the records to identify spouse(s), 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 vital records in the country
  • 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, such as civil registration or church records. Depending on the time period, one or the other collection may be more helpful
  • While searching, it is helpful to know 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
  • 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

Record Finder

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932." Database. FamilySearch. : 18 October 2018. Archives Départementales du Rhône, (Departmental Archives of Rhône), France.
Record Citation:
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