France, Finistère, Quimper et Léon Diocese, Catholic Parish Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

France, Quimper et Léon diocèse, registres des paroisses catholiques

Record Description

In earlier years, separate registers were maintained for baptisms, marriages, and burials. However, towards the end of the 17 century the entries were generally intermingled. Entries were made in chronological order, with the records being written in Latin. Confirmations were not consistently recorded. Toward the latter half of the 19th century, pre-printed forms began to be used with the date and names written in by the officiating priest.

In 1539, François I issued the edict of Villers-Cotterêts, which required the Catholic Church to record baptisms. The Pope mandated that records be kept in 1563. In 1579 the edict of Blois required the church in France to register marriages and burials. In 1667, the Code Louis required that two copies of the registers be kept, with one deposited at the bailliage. Most parishes covered a single town or village. Large cities normally had multiple parishes.

Catholic parish records from 1772-1949 in the Quimper and Léon Diocese. 

French Catholic parish registers were created to record the church’s sacraments of baptism, marriage, and burial.

French Catholic parish registers are extremely reliable sources for French family history.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Catholic parishes in Finistere. Parish records, Archives diocesaines de Quimper et Leon, France.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in most baptismal entries may include the following information:

  • Name and sex of the child
  • Legitimacy of the child
  • Names of parents
  • Sometimes the birth date
  • Baptismal date
  • Place of birth and baptism is the parish unless otherwise noted in the entry
  • Names of godparents

The key genealogical facts found in most marriage entries may include the following information:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Previous marital status (this could be “previously unmarried” or be “widow” or “widower,” with the name of deceased spouse listed)
  • Marriage date
  • Their residences and ages
  • Names of their parents
  • Names of the witnesses and their relationship to the bride and groom
  • Publication dates of the banns (this usually occurred three separate times before the marriage, allowing people to state any objections to the marriage)
  • Women are always identified by their maiden names.

The key genealogical facts found in most burial entries may include the following information:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Age
  • Names of their parents (if unmarried) or name of the spouse
  • Burial date
  • Death date (sometimes)
  • Names of witnesses, with their relationship to the deceased sometimes given

Online Records

In August 2010 the first online records were published for the collection comprising parishes beginning with letters A and B.

The following parishes are included:

  • Argol
  • Arzano
  • Audierne
  • Bannalec
  • Brest-paroisse-Notre-Dame-des-Carmes
  • Brest Hospice Civile
  • Brest-paroisse-Lambézellec
  • Brest-paroisse-Saint-Louis
  • Brest-paroisse-Saint-Martin
  • Brest-paroisse-Saint-Pierre

Further revisions to the collection will follow as other parishes are published in future.

How to Use the Records

Parish registers are the best source for identifying individuals, parents, and spouses in France before 1792. Civil registration began in September 1792, and after this date, civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths is equally important. The information recorded in the parish registers confirms the information found in the civil registers.

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"France, Quimper et Léon Catholic Diocese, 1772-1909," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 April 2012), Henri Gaston Louis Marie Lemonnier, died 18 February 1905; Catholic parishes in Finistere. Parish records, Archives diocesaines de Quimper et Leon, France.

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