Ille-et-Vilaine, France Genealogy
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Guide to Ille-et-Vilaine ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers.
- 1 History
- 2 Localities (Communes)
- 3 Church Records and Civil Registration (Registres Paroissiaux et Etat Civil) Online
- 4 Online Census Records
- 5 Online Local Databases and Extracted Records
- 6 Microfilm Records of the FamilySearch Library
- 7 Learning to Read Enough French to Do Genealogy
- 8 Search Strategy
- 9 Genealogical Societies and Help Groups
- 10 Websites
Ille-et-Vilaine is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from part of the province of Brittany. The English Channel borders the department to the north.
Church Records and Civil Registration (Registres Paroissiaux et Etat Civil) Online
The vast majority of your research will be in church records and civil registration. For more information on these records and how to use them, read France Church Records and France Civil Registration. Fortunately, these records are available online from the archives of each department:’’’
Here is the website for the Department Archives of Ille-et-Vilaine, where you will find these records.
See Using France Online Department Archives for step by step instructions on finding and reading these records.
Online Church and Civil Registration Records
- 1521-1896 - France, Brittany, Church and Civil Records, 1521-1896 at FamilySearch — index
- 1542-1900 - France, Civil Registration, Various Communes, 1542-1900 at FamilySearch — index
Online Census Records
Census records can support your search in civil and church records. They can help identify all family members. When families have similar names they help determine which children belong in each family. See France Census.
- Online census records, Department Archives of Ille-et-Vilaine]
- 1836 - France, Ille-et-Vilaine, Cancale, Census, 1836 at FamilySearch — index
Online Local Databases and Extracted Records
Groups devoted to genealogy have also extracted and/or indexed records for specific localities, time periods, religious groups, etc. Since church records at the departmental archives are generally not indexed, you might find an index here that will speed up your searching.
- Tout en Un (All in One) Online Databases Check for online databases and records in right column. Check back occasionally to see if new databases have become available.
- Tout en Un (All in One) Local Databases Here you may find extracted/translated records, record indexes, and other helpful records such as cemetery, land, or military records.
- Upper Brittany, France Births & Baptisms, 1501-1907, index, ($).
- Upper Brittany, France Marriages, 1536-1907, index, ($).
- Upper Brittany, France Deaths & Burials, 1540-1907, index, ($).
- Ille-et-Vilaine, France Soldiers, 1790-1815, index, ($).
- 1521-1896 - France, Brittany, Church and Civil Records, 1521-1896, index, incomplete.
- 1793-1896 - France, Brittany, Public Records, 1793-1896 - at Family Search - index only, incomplete.
- Geneanet Collaborative Indexes Search by locality (parish or commune).
- CANCAGEN - Commune of Cancale indexes and images
- Database Dol andPleine-Fougères (Généalogie et Histoire en Pays Dolois)
- Nouvoitou Database
- Extracted records of Guigen, civil, Other Guigen records
- Tables de registres paroissiaux - Pommerit le Vicomte - La Chapelle Janson - Achères
- Upper Brittany, France War Memorials Index, 1870-1945, index ($)
- Brittany, France Court Records, 1600-1790, index ($)
- Upper Brittany, France Sailors & Marine Workers, 1711-1907, index ($)
- Cancale and Hirel, France Census, 1836-1906, index ($)
- Ille-et-Vilaine, France Passport Applications, 1926-1946, index ($)
- Brittany & Yonne, France Politicians, 1789-2005, index, ($).
- Ille-et-Vilaine, France Soldiers, 1790-1815, index, ($).
- Rennes, France Firefighters, 1799-1893], index, ($).
- Rennes, France Prisoners, 1810-1829, 1846, index, ($).
Microfilm Records of the FamilySearch Library
The church and civil registration records have all been microfilmed. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a Family History Center near you. To find a microfilm: Click on Ille-et-Vilaine , find and click on "Places within France, Ille-et-Vilaine," and choose your locality from the list.
Learning to Read Enough French to Do Genealogy
It's easier than you think! You do not have to be fluent in French to use these records, as there is only a limited vocabulary used in them. By learning a few key phrases, you will be able to read them adequately. Here are some resources for learning to read French records.
There is a three-lesson course in reading handwriting in old French records:
- Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 1: The French Alphabet,
- Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 2: Key Words and Phrases
- Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 3: Reading French Records
These lessons focus on reading church record and civil registration records:
Another resource is the French Records Extraction Manual, Full Manual. Much more is covered, but these first four lessons are especially useful.
- Chapter 1: OLD FRENCH RECORDS
- Chapter 2: PARISH CHRISTENING AND CIVIL BIRTH ENTRIES
- Chapter 3: MARRIAGE ENTRIES
- Chapter 4: OTHER ENTRIES
- Chapter 5: FRENCH HANDWRITING AND SPELLING
- Search for the relative or ancestor you selected. When you find his birth record, search for the births of his brothers and sisters.
- Next, search for the marriage of his parents. The marriage record will have information that will often help you find the birth records of the parents.
- You can estimate the ages of the parents and search for their birth records.
- Search the death registers for all family members.
- Then repeat the whole process for both the father and the mother.
- If earlier generations are not in the record, search neighboring parishes.
Genealogical Societies and Help Groups
- Ille-et-Vilaine Wiki GenWeb Associations
- Ille-et-Vilaine Forums
- Southern Europe Genealogy Research Community
- Cercle Généalogique d'Ille-et-Vilaine
- 18 bis rue Frédéric-Mistral
- 35200 RENNES
- Association généalogique du pays de Redon et de Vilaine Mairie
- 35660 LA CHAPELLE DE BRAIN
- Cercle Généalogique Centre Est Bretagne
- 5 rue Pierre-Curie
- 78450 VILLEPREUX
- Entraide généalogique Bretagne-Maine-Normandie
- 16 rue d'Audrieu
- 14250 BROUAYCG de la Côte d'Emeraude
- Mailing address:
- B.P. 60204
- 35802 DINARD Cédex
- Cercle Généalogique de l'Est de l'Ille-et-Vilaine
- 2 place du Prieuré
- 35450 LIVRE-SUR-CHANGEON
- Histoire et Généalogie de Grand-Fougeray
- Les Sables Noirs
- 35390 GRAND-FOUGERAY
- Association Bretonne de Généalogie et d'Histoire (Parchemin)
- Tout en Un Ille-et-Vilaine
- GenWeb, Ille-et-Vilaine Portal
- Cousins 35
- Geneanet Surname Search
- France Geneawiki Genealogical Sources includes instructional discussions of various records available.
- French Republican Calendar. This site will help you translate dates used by France from 24 October 1793 to 31 December 1805.
- There are parallel articles also available on the French Language Wiki. Because they are maintained by different authors, links may be added there that do not appear here. Generally, the articles translate automatically to English when accessed.