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Country France
Prefecture Strasbourg

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Alsace (French: Alsace; Alsatian: Elsàss; German: Elsass, pre-1996: Elsaß; Latin: Alsatia)

Smallest of the regions. Alsace is located on France's eastern border and on the west bank of the upper Rhine adjacent to Germany and Switzerland. The political, economic and cultural capital as well as largest city of Alsace is Strasbourg. Due to that city being the seat of dozens of international organizations and bodies, Alsace is politically one of the most important regions in the European Union.

The name "Alsace" derives from the Germanic Ell-sass, meaning "Seated on the Ill", a river in Alsace. The region was historically part of the Holy Roman Empire. It was gradually annexed by France in the 17th century under kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV and made one of the provinces of France. Alsace is frequently mentioned in conjunction with Lorraine, because German possession of parts of these two regions (as the imperial province Elsaß-Lothringen (English: Alsace-Lorraine), 1871–1918) was contested in the 19th and 20th centuries, during which Alsace changed hands four times between France and Germany in 75 years.

In 1792, Rouget de Lisle composed in Strasbourg the Revolutionary marching song La Marseillaise, which later became the anthem of France.


Archives and Libraries


  1. Dictionary of celebrated men of Alsace (Dictionnaire de biographie des hommes célèbres de l'Alsace) FHL
  2. Biographical dictionary of people from the Alsace region of France. (Nouveau dictionnaire de biographie alsacienne) FHL
  3. Alphabetical listing of pastors of the duchy of Hanau-Lichtenberg in the Alsace-Lorraine area of France. (Le Pastorat du Comté de Hanau - Lichtenberg de 1618-1789) FHL
  4. List of the clergy during the Ancien Regime of Alsace, France. (Répertoire du clergé d'Alsace sous l'Ancien Régime, 1648-1792) FHL
  5. Bibliography of collective biographies of Alsace. (Répertoire bibliographique des biographies collectives d'Alsace) FHL


  1. Rights of citizenship or residency and population listings for the former region of Alsace, France. (Droits de bourgeosie ou d'habitation et dénombrement de la population, 1746-1789) FHL
  2. Enumeration of the Jews in Alsace for 1784. (Dénombrement général des Juifs : qui sont tolérés en la Province d'Alsace, en exécution des lettres-Patentes de sa Majesté, en forme de règlement du 10 juillet 1784) FHL
  3. Census of Jews in Alsace, 1784. (Dénombrement général des Juifs, qui sont tolérés en la province d'Alsace.) FHL
  4. Enumeration by name of the Jews in Alsace for 1784. (Dénombrements nomitatifs des Juifs en Alsace, 1784) FHL
  5. Four indices to the 1784 census of Alsatian Jews (Quatre tables alphabetique du denoumbrement general des juifs d'Alsace, 1784) FHL
  6. Indexes the 1784 census of Jews in Alsace-Lorraine. (Index du dénombrement des Juifs d'Alsace de 1784) FHL

Church History and Records

non-local church records are listed here


  1. Anabaptists of Alsace. (Anabaptistes) FHL
  2. Anabaptists residing in Alsace during the Second Empire after an administrative enquiry in 1850. (Les anabaptistes alsaciens sous le Second Empire d'après une enquête a dministrative de 1850) FHL
  3. History of the assemblies of the Anabaptists (or Mennonites) of Alsace and Lorraine, France. (Les assemblées anabaptistes-mennonites de France) FHL
  4. Pamphlet written describing the third jubliee celebration in Alsace of the Protestant Reformation. (Circulaire du consistoire général de la confession d'Augsbourg) FHL
  5. Geographical, historical, and political dictionary of Alsace. (article: Anabaptistes) (Dictionnaire géographique, historique, et politique de l'Alsace) FHL
  6. Documents concerning Jews and Anabaptists presented to the Royal Council of Alsace. (Documents concernant les Juifs et les Anabaptistes présentés au Conseil Souverain d'Alsace) FHL
  7. History of the Sectarian movement during the Reformation, 1524-1534. Text in German (Geschichte der Strassburger Sektenbewegung zur zeit der Reformation, 1524-1534) FHL
  8. History of the catholic clergy of Alsace, before, during and after the French revolution. (Histoire du clergé catholique d'Alsace : avant, pendant, et après la grande révolution) FHL
  9. Historical notes on the Mennonite or Anabaptist meetings of Alsace and Lorraine, France. Some are mentioned in Bavaria and Switzerland. (Historique des assemblées) FHL
  10. Memoirs of the Anabaptist churches established in the Haute-Alsace region of France (Mémoires sur les anabaptistes etablis dans la Haute-Alsace) FHL
  11. Picture of past history of Alsace and the role of the Anabaptists. (in German) (Perles d'Alsace : Bilder aus der elsässischen Vergangenkeit) FHL
  12. Historical research on the Anabaptists of the former principality of Montbeliard, Alsace, and neighboring regions. (Recherches historiques sur les Anabaptistes de l'ancienne principauté de Montbéliard, d'Alsace, et des regions voisines) FHL
  13. On the history of the Anabaptists in Alsace, 1712-1713. (in German) (Zur Geschichte der Täuferverfolgung im Elsaß, 1712-1713) FHL


  1. Periodical of church history of Alsace, France. - La bibliothèque n'a que vol. 46. (Archives de l'Eglise d'Alsace : organe de la Société d'Histoire de l'Eglise d'Alsace) FHL

Description and Travel

  1. Geography and history of the former French province of Alsace. (Visages de l'Alsace) FHL


  1. Evidences of peasant life in the Alsace. (Témoins de la vie paysanne: l'Alsace) FHL

Emigration and Immigration

  1. The Alsace emigration book FHL
  2. Emigration from the district of Aachen, Rheinland, Germany. (Auswanderungsakten, 1816-1925) FHL
    Includes Erkelenz, Eupen, Geilenkirchen, Heinsberg, Jülich, Malmédy, Gemünd, Montjoie (Monschau), Schleiden, St. Vith (Eifel), Elsaß-Lothringen and Düren.
  3. The Baden emigration book (including emigration from Alsace, during the 18th and 19th centuries) FHL
    Each entry includes name, date of birth, birthplace, date of emigration and source. Alsace emigrants in separate list.
  4. Eighteenth century emigrants from the northern Alsace to America FHL
    Volume XXVI in its series of publications on Pennsylvania German history and culture
  5. Former Alsace-Lorraine residents migration to Yugoslavia. Text in German. (Elsaß-Lothringer siedler in Jugoslavien) FHL
  6. Settlers to North America from Alsace-Lorraine. Text in German. (Elsässer und Lothringer als Ansiedler in Nordamerika) FHL
  7. Alsatian students at schools in Heidelberg, Baden, Germany and Bologna, Italy. (Elsässische Studenten in Heidelberg und Bologna) FHL
  8. Emigration of people from Alsace to the United States; with emphasis on the Texas colony. (Emigration alsacienne aux Etats-Unis 1815-1870) FHL
  9. French and foreign travelers entering and leaving France. (Etats des voyageurs français et étrangers entrés et sorties de France, 1863-1866) FHL
  10. Migrations from Alsace-Lorraine to Algeria, within the region, and parts of Germany. (L'Exode de Bischwiller à Elbeuf, Phalsbourg, Mulhouse, Metz, Algêrie, Wissembourg) FHL
  11. Swiss immigration to the county of Hanau-Lichtenberg during the 17th century. (L'immigration suisse dans le comté de Hanau-Lichtenberg au dix-septièm e siècle) FHL
  12. Alphabetical lists of emigrants from the provinces of Lorraine and Alsace, France to North and South America, from 1815 to 1875. (Lorrains émigrés en Amérique de 1815 a 1875) FHL
    Includes their birth date, birth place and destination.
  13. Protestant refugees from Lorraine and Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines to Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin) and to Switzerland in the 17th century. (Les réfugiés protestants lorrains et de Sainte-Marie à Mulhouse et en Suisse au XVIIe siècle) FHL
  14. Swiss immigrants in Alsace. Text in German. (Schweizer Einwanderung ins Elsaß) FHL
  15. Southern Alsatian emigration to the U.S.A.: 1840-1925: personal cases FHL


  1. Bibliography of sources in the Archives of Bas-Rhin regarding emigration from Alsace. (Sources relatives à l'histoire de l'émigration alsacienne aux Archives du Bas-Rhin) FHL


  1. Map of Württemberg, Baden, Palatinate and Alsace and the places from which the Black Sea Germans (including those in the Caucasus and Bessarabia) came. (Karte von Württemberg, Baden, Pfalz u. Elsaß, mit den Orten, aus denen die Schwarzmeerdeutschen (einschl. Kaukasus u. Bessarabien) ausgewandert sind (1804-42)) FHL
  2. Places in the Alsace-Lorraine from which emigrants left for Russia. In German (Orte in Elsaß-Lothringen, aus denen Auswanderungen nach Rußland stattgefunden haben) FHL


  1. Place names of Alsace (former province) in 1789. Includes Belfort. (L'Alsace en 1789 : tableaux des divisions territoriales et des différentes seigneuries d'Alsace) FHL
    No circulation to family history centers.
  2. Geographical, historical and political dictionary of the Alsace region of France. (Dictionnaire géographique, historique et politique de l'Alsace) [ FHL
    No more published. Volume incomplete. Pp. 384-596 missing.
  3. Genealogical gazetteer of Alsace-Lorraine FHL
    Includes important genealogical addresses for correspondence.
  4. Place names of the former region of Alsace (Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin), France. (Répertoire des communes de l'Alsace) FHL
  5. Index to the communes of ALsace. Statistical information. (Répertoire des communes de l'Alsace) FHL


  1. Genealogical research sources in Alsace-Lorraine, France FHL
  2. Genealogical lists on the town origins of families of the Savern region of Alsace. (Listes généalogiques sur l'origine commune des familles Savarnoises (Alsace)) FHL
    The Ostermann-Keller-Hertz, also the allied families of Klee-Engelspach, Gillmeyer, Cabrillon-Breymann, and Oster, are traced.
  3. Pedigrees of West German nobility in the Middle Ages : photocopied extracts of Alsatian families. In German (Stammtafeln Westdeutscher Adelsgeschlecter im Mittelalter : extracts photographiques des familles Alsaciennes) FHL


  1. Bibliography of genealogical and heraldic works pertaining to Alsace (also called Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany), France. (Bibliographie généalogique et héraldique alsacienne (1965-1983)) FHL

Genealogy - Handbooks, manuals, etc

  1. Guide to genealogical research in Alsace. (Guide des recherches généalogiques en Alsace) FHL
  2. Illustrated manual for genealogical research in the Alsace region of France. (Manuel illustré pour la généalogie et l'histoire familiale en Alsace) FHL
  3. Researching in Germany: a handbook for your visit to the homeland of your ancestors FHL
    Includes sub-sections on researching in Alsace-Lorraine (Elsaß-Lothringen), Austria, the Czech Republic (including Bohemia and Moriavia), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia, and Switzerland.


  1. Map of Württemberg, Baden, Palatinate and Alsace and the places from which the Black Sea Germans (including those in the Caucasus and Bessarabia) came. (Karte von Württemberg, Baden, Pfalz u. Elsaß, mit den Orten, aus denen die Schwarzmeerdeutschen (einschl. Kaukasus u. Bessarabien) ausgewandert sind (1804-42))FHL
  2. Places in the Alsace-Lorraine from which emigrants left for Russia. (Orte in Elsaß-Lothringen, aus denen Auswanderungen nach Rußland stattgefunden haben) FHL


  1. Bulletin of genealogical studies and findings in Upper Alsace. Description d'apres: No. 8 (Mai 1981) (BERGHA: bulletin d'étude et recherches généalogiques en Haute-Alsace) FHL
  2. Bulletin of the Genealogical Club of Alsace. (Bulletin du Cercle Généalogique d'Alsace) FHL
    For further information see website: (retrieved 18 April 2010)
  1. Alphabetical index to the Bulletin (Cercle Généalogique d'Alsace), 1968-1970. (Index alphabétique des noms de famille des bulletins 1-12) FHL
  2. Alphabetical index to the Bulletin (Cercle Généalogique), 1971-1973. (Index alphabétique des noms de famille des bulletins 13-24 (1971-1973)) FHL
  3. Alphabetical index to the Bulletin (Cercle Généalogique), Nº 37-48. (Index alphabétique des noms de famille des bulletins 37-48 (1977-1979)) FHL
  4. Alphabetical index to the Bulletin (Cercle Généalogique d'Alsace), Nº 25-36 (1974-1976)) FHL
  5. Index to the Bulletin (Cercle Généalogique d'Alsace) 1983-1985. (Index alphabétique du Bulletin, tome 6 (1983-1985)) FHL
  6. Index of authors, articles, subjects of the Bulletin (Cercle Généalo- gique d'Alsace). (Table des auteurs et des articles, 1968-1982 (Nº 1-60)) FHL


  1. Heraldry of the Alsace region of France (Armorial de la généralité d'Alsace : recueil officiel) FHL
    containing coats of arms and names of the provincial society in the last years of the 17th century--nobles, important townsmen, manors, earldoms, bailiwicks, towns, villages, guilds, schools and univerisities, brotherhoods, religious orders, hospitals, corporations, etc.


Atlas of the medieval towns of Alsace. (Atlas des villes médiévales d'Alsace) FHL

  1. The Alsatian bourgeoisie. (La Bourgeoisie alsacienne: études d'histoire sociale) FHL
  2. The duchy of Alsace at the time of Saint Odile (600 - 700 A.D.). (Le duché d'Alsace au temps de Saint Odile) FHL
  3. History of Alsace region of France (also Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany). Text in German. (Geschichte des Elsaßes) FHL
  4. History of Alsace Prov., France. (Histoire d'Alsace) FHL
  5. History of the former province of Alsace. (Histoire de l'Alsace) FHL
  6. History of the former French province of Alsace. (Histoire de l'Alsace) FHL
  7. The administration of the province of Alsace during the reign of Louis XIV. (L'Indendance d'Alsace sous Louis XIV) FHL
  8. Early history of Europe and later of Switzerland where the Buser name originates with Rudolf von Bus usser Walde (Rudolf des Bois : Une saga alsacienne ou huit siècles d'aventures familiales celto-romano-helvetico-allemanno-franco-germano-alsaciennes) FHL
  9. Relations between Strasborg Lothringen and France in the 16th century. In German (Eine Strassburger Legende : ein Beitrag zu den Beziehungen Strassburgs zu Frankreich im 16. Jahrhundert) FHL
  10. Geography and history of the former French province of Alsace. (Visages de l'Alsace) { FHL]
  1. Articles on the history and archeology of the Alsace region of France. (Revue d'Alsace) FHL

Jewish History and Records

  • See also Census, Minorities
  1. History of the Jews of Alsace. (Histoire des Juifs d'Alsace) FHL

Land and property

  1. Documents pertaining to land holdings of noble families of Baden in the former region of Alsace, France. (Documents alsaciens des chartriers nobles du pays de Bade après les inv entaires publiés) FHL
  2. List of families possessing land in Alsace in 1789. (Etat des chartriers des familles possessionnées en Alsace en 1789) FHL


  • See also History.

Military History and Records

  1. Reminiscences of a member of the 83rd regiment in the French-German war of 1870 in Alsace-Lorraine. In German (Vor dreissig Jahren, Rückerinnerungen eines Dreiundachtzigers) FHL


  • See also Census
  1. Condition of Jews residing in Alsace, contains some names. (Etats de la population des Juifs d'Alsace, 1775 et 1780) FHL

Naturalization and citizenship


Notarial records

Officials and employees


Population - Sources

Societies, Libraries and Museums

  1. Genealogical Club of Alsace (Cercle Généalogique d'Alsace) (retrieved 18 April 2010)