FRENCH RECORDS EXTRACTION MANUAL

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Contents

CONTENTS

Chapter 1: OLD FRENCH RECORDS ................................................................... 5

Chapter 2: PARISH CHRISTENING AND CIVIL BIRTH ENTRIES.......................11

                  Marginal Notation …………………………………….………………………………............14

                  Date Phrase .........................................................................................................14

                  Ceremony   Phrase................................................................................................15                      

                  Officiating Agent Phrase ....................................................................................... 17

                  Child Phrase ........................................................................................................18

                  Sex and Legitimacy Phrase ...................................................................................18

                 Parent's Phrase......................................................................................................19

                 Occupations...........................................................................................................19

                 Godparents or Grandparents and Warning Phrase in Parish Entries.............................20

                 Witness Phrase in Civil Entries ................................................................................20

                 Certification Phrase ................................................................................................21

                Summary ...............................................................................................................22

 

Chapter 3: MARRIAGE ENTRIES .........................................................................25

                Marginal Notation ...................................................................................................30

                Locality Phrase .........................................................…………………………………...30

                Date Phrase ...........................................................................................................31

                Officiating Agent Phrase ......................................................................................... 31

                Ceremony Phrase ...................................................................................................32

                Confession and Wedding Mass ................................................................................34

                Groom's Information ................................................................................................34

                Bride's Information ..................................................................................................35

                Godparents and Witnesses......................................................................................37

                Certification and Seals............................................................................................ 37

                Summary...............................................................................................................38

Chapter 4: OTHER ENTRIES........................................41

Death or Burial Records.............................................................................................................................. 42 Stillborn Entries .......................................................................................................................................... 43 Marriage Information and Engagements ……………………………………………................................ 43 Name Changes and Legitimations ………………………………………………...................................... 43 Confirmation Records.................................................................................................................................. 44 Signatures .................................................................................................................................................... 44 Extracts ........................................................................................................................................................ 44 General Instructions...................................................................................................................................... 44

Chapter 5: FRENCHDWRITING AND SPELLING... 47

Introduction .......................................................................................................................................................... 47 Elements of Handwriting Style .......................................................................................................................... .48

Chapter 6: NAME IDENTIFICATION...................... .. 61

.Introduction ......................................................................................................................................................... 61 Techniques for Locating Names …………………………………………………………………………….… 61 Identifying Names ….............................................................................................................................................62 Titles .................................................................................................................................................................... 63 Terms Denoting Relationship .............................................................................................................................. 64

 Chapter 7: GENDER ..................................................... 67

Phrases Denoting Gender ................................................................................................................................... 67 Marginal Notations ............................................................................................................................................ 68

 Chapter 8: DATES ......................................................... 69

Overview of Calendar Systems .......................................................................................................................... 69 Numbers ............................................................................................................................................................. 70 Years ................................................................................................................................................................... 71 Roman Numerals……………………………………………………………………………………………… 76 Variations• in Dates ………………………………………………………………………………………........ 76 Fixed Feast Days ................................................................................................................................................ 76 Complementary Days …………………………………………….……………………………………………77 Ecclesiastical Calendars ………………………………………………………………………………………. 77 Conversion Chart for the French Republican Calendar ..................................................................................... 79

Chapter 9: PUTTING IT ALL INTO PRACTICE ..... 83

Extraction Techniques: Summary........... …........................................................................................................ 83 Extraction Techniques: Using a Names Catalog ................................................................................................ 84 Putting it All Into Practice .................................................................................................................................. 84

APPENDIX A: FRENCH O-CCUPATIONS LIST…...149

 APPENDIX 8: COMMON ABBREVIATIONS ......... 159

Given Names ............................................. ' ................... 160

APPENDIX C: ANSWERS TO SELF-EVALUATION EXERCISES.................................................................... 161

GLOSSARY………......................................................... 165

BIBLIOGRAPHY ........................................................... 171