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Record Description
Record Type: Census
Collection years: 1946
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Title in the Language of the Record

France, Paris, Recensement de 1946

Record Description

This is an index of the 1946 Paris, France census. Censuses have been taken by the government of France, by individual towns, and by some old provinces. In France, censuses were generally taken for military purposes, taxation, or identification of the poor. The first national census listing names in France was taken in the year 1772.

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  • Name of village, neighborhood, or suburb
  • Name of street
  • House number
  • First and last names of household members and how they are related to the head of household
  • Year of birth
  • Nationality
  • Profession

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Research Helps

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

Related Websites

Archives of France
French History: Libraries and Archives
Census: Annual Population Count in France

Related Wiki Articles

France Census
Paris, France Genealogy
France Archives and Libraries

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