3. The GeneaNet Database

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Several historical events and colonization have lead French people to emigrate such as Huguenots in the Netherlands, England, Germany and Switzerland, and pioneers of New France in America. Here are some information to help you trace your French ancestors.

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 3 billion individuals, 600,000 family trees, 6 million digitized records, more than 4 million old books and newspapers, and much more.

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

Family Trees

Genealogists are sharing 600,000 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.

Search your French ancestors in the GeneaNet family trees

Geneanet Collections

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

You can search these records by administrative area (department) or by name in the collaborative index.

Search your French ancestors in the Geneanet Collections

Genealogy Society Indexes

Many French family history societies are sharing their indexes on GeneaNet so you can search for your French ancestors in more than 39 million records!

Search your French ancestors in the Genealogy Society Indexes

Genealogy Library

Millions of names are indexed in genealogy books and old newspapers, so you can easily search for your French ancestors and browse the digitized images.

Search your French ancestors in the Genealogy Library

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