France, Seine-Saint-Denis, Census 1856 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Seine-Saint-Denis, France
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Record Description
Record Type: Census
Collection years: 1856-1856
Languages: French
Title in the Language: France, Seine-Saint-Denis, recensements de la population, 1856
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Departmental Archives of Seine-Saint-Denis


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This collection has census records from the population censuses (recensements de la population) of Seine-Saint-Denis department located northeast of Paris, and which is now included in the area known as Greater Paris.

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  • Estimated Birth Year
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  • Martial Status
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"France, Seine-Saint-Denis, Censuses, 1856." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 21 February 2018. Archives Départementales de la Seine-Saint-Denis (Departmental Archives of Seine-Saint-Denis), France.
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