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4. Online Departmental Archives

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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.

In 1539, King Francis I of France ordered the general keeping of baptismal and burial registers. The marriage registers have been introduced in 1579.

Some of these genealogical records have been digitized and made public online.

Here is the list of the Departmental Archives websites where you can expect to find free online parish and civil registers, and censuses.

On some of the following websites, you will also find photographs, newspapers and much more archives.

01 – Ain: http://www.archives.ain.fr/

02 – Aisne: https://archives.aisne.fr/

03 – Allier: http://archives.allier.fr/

04 – Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (formerly Basses-Alpes): http://www.archives04.fr/r/68/archives-en-ligne/

05 – Hautes-Alpes: https://archives.hautes-alpes.fr/

06 – Alpes-Maritimes: https://www.departement06.fr/archives-departementales/outils-de-recherche-et-archives-numerisees-2895.html

07 – Ardèche: https://archives.ardeche.fr/

08 – Ardennes: https://archives.cd08.fr/

09 – Ariège: http://archives.ariege.fr/

10 – Aube: http://www.archives-aube.fr/

11 – Aude: http://audealaculture.fr/archives

12 – Aveyron: http://archives.aveyron.fr/

13 – Bouches-du-Rhône: http://www.archives13.fr/archives13/CG13/

14 – Calvados: https://archives.calvados.fr/accueil.html

15 – Cantal: http://www.archives.cantal.fr/

16 – Charente: http://www.archives16.fr/

17 – Charente-Maritime (formerly Charente-Inférieure): https://archives.charente-maritime.fr/

18 – Cher: http://www.archives18.fr/

19 – Corrèze: http://www.archives.cg19.fr/

2A – Corse du Sud: http://archives.corsedusud.fr/Internet_THOT/

2B – Haute-Corse: http://www.haute-corse.fr/site/index.php?page=etat-civil

21 – Côte-d’Or: http://archives.cotedor.fr/v2/site/ad21/

22 – Côtes-d’Armor (formerly Côtes-du-Nord): http://archives.cotesdarmor.fr/

23 – Creuse: https://archives.creuse.fr/

24 – Dordogne: https://archives.dordogne.fr/

25 – Doubs: https://archives.doubs.fr/

26 – Drôme: https://archives.ladrome.fr/

27 – Eure: http://archives.eure.fr/

28 – Eure-et-Loir: http://www.archives28.fr/

29 – Finistère: http://www.archives-finistere.fr/

30 – Gard: http://archives.gard.fr/

31 – Haute-Garonne: http://archives.haute-garonne.fr/

32 – Gers: http://www.archives32.fr/

33 – Gironde : https://archives.gironde.fr/

34 – Hérault: http://archives-pierresvives.herault.fr/

35 – Ille-et-Vilaine: http://archives.ille-et-vilaine.fr/fr

36 – Indre: http://www.archives36.fr/

37 – Indre-et-Loire: http://archives.cg37.fr/index_archive.php

38 – Isère: http://www.archives-isere.fr/

39 – Jura: http://archives39.fr/

40 – Landes: http://www.archives.landes.fr/

41 – Loir-et-Cher: http://www.culture41.fr/Archives-departementales/Rechercher-et-contribuer/Archives-en-ligne

42 – Loire: https://www.loire.fr/jcms/c_825909/les-archives-en-ligne

43 – Haute-Loire: http://www.archives43.fr/

44 – Loire-Atlantique: https://archives.loire-atlantique.fr/jcms/accueil-archives-fr-j_6

45 – Loiret: https://www.archives-loiret.fr/

46 – Lot: http://archives.lot.fr/

47 – Lot-et-Garonne: http://www.cg47.org/archives/accueil.htm

48 – Lozère: http://archives.lozere.fr/

49 – Maine-et-Loire: https://www.archives49.fr/

50 – Manche: http://www.archives-manche.fr/

51 – Marne: http://archives.marne.fr/

52 – Haute-Marne: http://haute-marne.fr/culture/archives-departementales/

53 – Mayenne: https://archives.lamayenne.fr/

54 – Meurthe-et-Moselle: http://www.archives.meurthe-et-moselle.fr/

55 – Meuse: http://archives.meuse.fr/

56 – Morbihan: https://archives.morbihan.fr/accueil/

57 – Moselle: http://www.archives57.com/

58 – Nièvre: http://archives.cg58.fr/

59 – Nord: https://archivesdepartementales.lenord.fr/

60 – Oise: http://archives.oise.fr/

61 – Orne: http://archives.orne.fr/

62 – Pas-de-Calais: http://www.archivespasdecalais.fr/

63 – Puy-de-Dôme: http://www.archivesdepartementales.puydedome.fr/

64 – Pyrénées-Atlantiques (formerly Basses-Pyrénées): http://earchives.cg64.fr/

65 – Hautes-Pyrénées: http://www.archivesenligne65.fr/

66 – Pyrénées-Orientales: http://www.ledepartement66.fr/1372-archives-en-ligne-archives-departementales-des-pyrenees-orientales.htm

67 – Bas-Rhin: http://archives.bas-rhin.fr/

68 – Haut-Rhin: http://www.archives.haut-rhin.fr/

69 – Rhône: http://archives.rhone.fr/

70 – Haute-Saône: http://archives.haute-saone.fr/

71 – Saône-et-Loire: http://www.archives71.fr/

72 – Sarthe: http://archives.sarthe.fr/

73 – Savoie: http://www.savoie-archives.fr/

74 – Haute-Savoie: http://archives.hautesavoie.fr/

75 – Paris (formerly Seine): http://archives.paris.fr/

76 – Seine-Maritime (formerly Seine-Inférieure): http://www.archivesdepartementales76.net/

77 – Seine-et-Marne: http://archives.seine-et-marne.fr/

78 – Yvelines (formerly Seine-et-Oise): https://archives.yvelines.fr/

79 – Deux-Sèvres: http://archives.deux-sevres.com/Archives79/default.aspx

80 – Somme: http://archives.somme.fr/

81 – Tarn: http://archives.tarn.fr/index.php

82 – Tarn-et-Garonne: http://www.archivesdepartementales.cg82.fr/

83 – Var: https://archives.var.fr/

84 – Vaucluse: http://archives.vaucluse.fr/accueil/

85 – Vendée: http://www.archives.vendee.fr/

86 – Vienne: http://www.archives.departement86.fr/

87 – Haute-Vienne: http://archives.haute-vienne.fr/

88 – Vosges: http://www.vosges-archives.com/

89 – Yonne: https://archives.yonne.fr/

90 – Territoire-de-Belfort: http://www.archives.territoiredebelfort.fr/

91 – Essonne (formerly Seine-et-Oise): http://www.essonne.fr/culture-loisirs-tourisme/archives-departementales/

92 – Hauts-de-Seine (formerly Seine and Seine-et-Oise): http://archives.hauts-de-seine.fr/accueil/

93 – Seine-Saint-Denis (former Seine): https://archives.seinesaintdenis.fr/

94 – Val de Marne (formerly Seine and Seine-et-Oise): http://archives.valdemarne.fr/

95 – Val-d’Oise (formerly Seine-et-Oise): http://archives.valdoise.fr/

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