Ain, France Genealogy

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Ain is a department named after the Ain River on the eastern edge of France.

Getting started with Ain research

The Archive of the  Department of Ain has put many of its records online, click on Tout en Un to get specific information for that department.

  • Civil Registration Records and 10year Indexes
  • Conscription Lists
  • Census Records from 1836 to 1906, with some records missing
  • Inheritance Records
  • Electorial Records


Arrondissements (Districts)

There are 4 arrondissements  in Ain :

The Arrondissement Belley consists of 9 cantons or counties: Ambérieu-en-Bugey, Belley, Champagne-en-Valromey, Hauteville-Lompnes, Lagnieu, Lhuis, Saint-Rambert-en-Bugey, Seyssel and Virieu-le-Grand.

The Arrondissement Bourg-en-Bresse has the following cantons: Bâgé-le-Châtel,  Bourg-en-Bresse-Est, de Bourg-en-Bresse-Nord-Centre, Bourg-en-Bresse-Sud, Ceyzériat, Chalamont, Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne, Coligny, Meximieux, Miribel, Montluel, Montrevel-en-Bresse, Péronnas, Pont-d'Ain, Pont-de-Vaux, Pont-de-Veyle, Reyrieux, Saint-Trivier-de-Courtes, Saint-Trivier-sur-Moignans, Thoissey, Treffort-Cuisiat, Trévoux, Villars-les-Dombes, and Viriat.

The Arrondissement Gex has 4 cantons: Collonges, Ferney-Voltaire and Gex.

The Arondissement Nantura is divided into the following cantons:  Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, Brénod, Izernore , Nantua, Oyonnax-Nord, Oyonnax-Sud, and Poncin .

Civil registration indexes can be on the Canton level.

Research Tools

Genealogical Societies for Ain

Recherches & Études Généalogiques de l'Ain (REGAIN)
Maison de la Vie Associative 2 boulevard Irène-Joliot-Curie 01006 BOURG EN BRESSE CEDEX 6

Many towns have been extracted and are available for sale from the Society.

Généalogie de l'Ain  CousAin

On this site you can find the surnames found in this Department, the geographical division into Cantons, Districts and towns, the begin of the Church registers, the Insee number and postal code, as well as towns which have disappeared and newly formed communes.

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