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Burgess rolls and guild records (Registres de bourgeoisie et corporations de métiers)

Research use: Sometimes a useful linkage tool where several generations are listed; town of origin of an ancestor may be given.

Record type: Citizen lists and inhabitants of a given town; lists of persons entitled to the rights, privileges, and protection of a town or community.

Time Period: 1300-1800. Some as early as the 12th century.

Content: Names, ages, sometimes social and economic status of citizens, occupations, town of origin, dates when citizenship rights in a town were acquired, sometimes family relationships.

Location: National, departmental, municipal and town archives.

Percentage in Family History Library: 1%.

Population coverage: 20%.

Reliability: Good.[1]

Public officials and government employee records (Dossiers personnels des fonctionnaires)

Research use: Primarily for family relationships and to extend lineage beyond other existing records.

Record type: Personnel records of government employees and officials.

Time Period: 1525-present.

Content: Names, genealogies, biographies of public officials, clergy, rabbis, doctors, businessmen, notaries, artisans, professors, etc.

Location: National, departmental, municipal archives.

Percentage in Family History Library: 0%.

Population coverage: 20%.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: France,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1984-1998.