France Record Finder
This table can help you decide which records to search.
Step 1. In column 1 select a research goal. Choose an ancestor you would like to know more about. What new information would you like to learn about that person?
Step 2. In column 2 find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.
- > Read the FamilySearch Wiki articles about those types of records. They explain what the records might tell you, how to search them, and how to find them in the FamilySearch Catalog. Some records are not at the library.
Step 3. In column 3 find additional record types that may be useful.
- > Records of previous research (such as Genealogy, Biography, History, Periodicals, and Societies) are useful for most goals but are not listed unless they are especially helpful.
|1. If You Need||2. Look First In||3. Then Search|
|Age||Civil Registration, Church Records, Notarial Records, Schools||Naturalization and Citizenship, Emigration and Immigration|
|Birth date and birthplace||Civil Registration, Church Records, Notarial Records, Jewish Records||Census, Military Records, Cemeteries, Biography|
|City or parish of foreign birth||Naturalization and Citizenship||Emigration and Immigration|
|Boundaries (province, canton, arrondissement, department)||Gazetteers, Maps, History||Historical Geography, Church History|
|Death||Civil Registration, Church Records, Notarial Records, Jewish Records||Cemeteries, Probate Records, Biography|
|Emigration information||Emigration and Immigration||Societies, Minorities|
|Historical background||History, Church History||Maps, Minorities|
|Language helps||Language and Languages||-|
|Living relatives||Directories, Genealogy||Societies, Periodicals|
|Maiden name||Civil Registration, Church Records||Notarial Records|
|Marriage||Civil Registration, Church Records||Notarial Records, Biography|
|Naming Customs||Names (Personal)||Genealogy, Periodicals|
|Occupations||Directories, Church Records, Census||Emigration and Immigration, Military Records|
|Parents, children, and other family members||Civil Registration, Church Records, Genealogy, Societies, Nobility||Probate Records, Notarial Records, Heraldry, Biography|
|Physical description||Military Records, Biography||Emigration and Immigration|
|Place-finding aids||Gazetteers, Maps||Historical Geography|
|Place of residence||Civil Registration, Directories, Emigration and Immigration||Census, Voting Registers, Schools, Taxation|
|Previous research (compiled genealogy)||Genealogy, Periodicals, Societies, Church History||Biography, History, Nobility, Heraldry, Minorities|
|Record-finding aids||Archives and Libraries, Church History||Societies, Periodicals, Minorities|
|Religion||Civil Registration, Church Records||