By Jacques Gagné
A superb search engine from a primary region of France from which French Canadian and a limited number of Acadian families originated from.
This search engine is most likely one the best among the 95 Archives départementales de France – Well constructed and with easy access to the various options offered within.
The oldest Church registers appears to be dated 1610.
What will you find ?
• A database of 1,932,497 entries
• Under Consulter / Research options
• Under the subsection Retrouver des personnes / Find a person
• Under Actes numérisées / Digitized acts
• État Civil / Civil Registers – From about 1610 – First the parish registers followed by the civil registers – Births from the beginning to 1892 – Marriages & deaths from the beginning to 1905
• État civil Protestant / Civil Registers of Protestant families – From 1685-1787 and 1793-1820
• Tables décennales / ten-year periods of indices of families – with regard to births, marriages, deaths from 1793-1902 by communes (villages, towns, townships, cities)
• Recensements de la population – Family census – From 1836-1911 by communes (villages, towns, townships, cities)
• Successions / Wills – From 1791-1850 presently available
• Noms de Vendée / Family Names of the the Vendée Region – A search engine by either family names or names of individuals. One of the options is a research capability of marriages in which one enters the names of brides and grooms. Searches can also be conducted by communes (villages, towns, townships, cities) plus naturally the family names or names of individuals.
• Under Fonds iconographiques / Maps and related documents –
• Cadastre napoléonien – Land ownership – From 1811 to 1821 in a selected few communes within the département and from 1821 to 1840 in most other communes of the département.
• Under Fonds d’archives / Archival Fonds –
• Minutes notariales / Notarial Documents – From as early as 1578, the Notarial Acts numbers 250,332 in total.
• Under État des fonds / Various other fonds
• Archives antérieures à 1790 / Ancient Archives prior to 1790 – Familles et Seigneuries XIVe – XVIIIe Siècles – Families and Seigniories from the 14th century-18th century
• Papiers relatifs aux Protestants – Family papers related to Protestant families – From the 16th-18th century.
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