Names of French records

Here is a list of the names of French records as you can find them on archives websites.

“Cadastre” / “Plans cadastraux” : land registers and cadastral maps (created during the first half of the 19th century).

“Etat civil” / “Registres d’état civil” : civil registration (starting in 1793).

“Matricules militaires” / “Registres de matricules” : military records (mostly between 1870 and 1921).

“Presse” : local newspapers (mostly in the 19th and 20th century).

“Recensements de population” : census records (mostly between 1836 and 1936).

“Registres paroissiaux” : parish records (until 1792).

“Répertoires des notaires” : chronological lists of notary records (various dates).

“Tables de successions et absences” : alphabetical tables of all deaths and estates in an administrative district (throughout the 19th and 20th century).


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