3. The Geneanet Database


Geneanet is the biggest French genealogy database, and it’s the right place to start your French family history research!

The Geneanet genealogy database contains 7 billion individuals, 1.5 million family trees, 6 million digitized records, more than 4 million historical books and newspapers, and much more. And Geneanet’s 4.5 million members are a community ready to help you in your research!

Here is what you can expect to find in the Geneanet database:

Family Trees

Genealogists have shared 1.5 million family trees in the Geneanet database.

Feel free to contact them if you find common ancestors!

As you know, you must always verify data provided by genealogy researchers – don’t just copy & paste. Many Geneanet trees are carefully researched and have reference information about source documents in French which are usually available free on the websites of the Archives Départementales (every département in France manages its archives, the way states in the US do). Often, a Geneanet tree can point you to the correct départment your French ancestor was from.

Search your French ancestors in Geneanet family trees

Geneanet Collections

French genealogists have shared digitized records: parish and civil vital records, censuses, notarial records, military records, family pictures, old postcards, pictures of graves, etc.

You can search these records by départment or by name in the collaborative index.

Search your French ancestors in the Geneanet Collections

Genealogy Society Indexes

Many French family history societies have shared their indexes on Geneanet so you can search for your French ancestors in more than 57 million records!

Search your French ancestors in the Genealogy Society Indexes

Genealogy Library

Millions of names are indexed in genealogy books and historical newspapers. With our affordable Premium access you can easily search for your French ancestors and browse the digitized images.

Search your French ancestors in the Genealogy Library