France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1876 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1876
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Hautes-Alpes, France
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Record Description
Record Type: Census
Collection years: 1876-1876
Languages: French
Title in the Language: France, Hautes-Alpes, recensements de la population, 1876
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This collection is a complete indexing of the population census (recensement de la population) for the province of Hautes-Alpes in 1876.

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  • Marital Status
  • Province
  • House Number
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Collection Citation
France, Hautes-Alpes, recensement de la population, 1876. Database. FamilySearch. : 30 March 2018. Archives départementales des Hautes-Alpes (Departmental archives of the Hautes-Alpes), France.
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