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This collection is a partial index of records for this locality. The collection was originally assembled for publication in April 2010. Since that time only a few records may have been added. As no additional records will be added, or any corrections made to the data, this is considered to be a "Legacy" collection.
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France Births and Baptisms, 1546-1896
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Record Description
Record Type: Births & Baptisms
Collection years: 1546-1896
Languages: French
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Related Websites
Archives départementales du Jura (Departmental Archives of Jura), France

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is an index for the years 1546 to 1896. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

For help reading these French records see the following guides:

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name
  • Event type
  • Event date
  • Event place
  • Gender
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Father's name
  • Mother's name

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period

Locality Records
Alpes-Maritimes 4,271
Ardèche 92,268
Ardennes 132,363
Aude 400,137
Bas-Rhin 201,439
Basses-Pyrénées 0
Belfort (Territoire) 18,132
Eure 2,444
Eure-et-Loir 17,402
France 1,824,785
Haute-Marne 9,249
Haute-Saône 58,438
Haute-Savoie 0
Haut-Rhin 77,936
Hérault 5,010
Ille-et-Vilaine 543
Jura 6,577
Loir-et-Cher 1,391
Maine-et-Loire 41,035
Marne 0
Meurthe-et-Moselle 1,392,876
Meuse 1,138,994
Moselle 205,966
Nièvre 121,099
Nord 259,886
Oise 0
Pas-de-Calais 1,071
Rhône 20,816
Savoie 6,957
Seine 310,900
Seine-et-Marne 328,941
Seine-et-Oise 112,315
Seine-Maritime 54,441
Somme 624
Vosges 16,168
Yonne 0

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the ancestor you are looking for
  • Age or approximate year of birth
  • Age or approximate year of death

As you search, look for a record which matches this information.

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Copy down all the information from the record image
  • If you have not already done so, find the image of the original record. The image may contain more information than was put into the index entry
  • Save or print a copy of the image for future reference
  • Cite the record; see below for help citing records in this collection
  • Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records
  • Check for variants of given names and surnames. For much of the period of this collection, spelling was not standardized; pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation. A person might also have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name
  • Vary the search terms. For example, either expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible matches

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Citing this Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.