Explore The Online France Department Archives


We cried “Where can we find French birth, baptism, marriage, death, military and census records?” And then it was so.

The departmental archives of continental France went online and it’s free. A French Genealogy miracle for those researching their French ancestors from afar. Parish, civil, military and census records were digitized and uploaded with some of the departments still in the process of making all their documents accessible to online researchers.

This is a list of online archives for all continental departments of France. You will notice numbers after each name. France was divided into “Departments” by the new Republic of France in 1790. There were some exceptions. Paris and her neighboring departments were not, but most were numbered in alphabetical order. 

(Before the Revolution, France existed by provinces, as part of the ‘Ancien Régime’ up until 1789) 

Each department varies on what is scanned and available for viewing. Some departments will have all types of records; parish, civil, census and military available, while others offer only one or two types of records. Here’s what you will find: Registres Paroissiaux (church records: baptemes, Mariages, Sepulture (burial)- BMS; état civil (civil vital records: naissance (birth), Mariages, décés (death) – BMD; Recensements de population (census); Registres matricules militaires (military enlistments), maps, estates, and much more to browse through

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Ain (01)

Aisne (02)

Allier (03)

Alps-de-Haute-Provence (04)

  1. Paroissiaux et Etat Civil -Parish and Civil Records( with Indexes)
  2. Recensements de Population -Census 1836-1936
  3. Matricules Militaire -Military Records
  4. Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Genweb

Haute-Alpes (05)

Alpes-Maritimes (06)

(technical difficulties)

Ardeche (07)

Ardennes (08)

Ariège (09)

Aube (10)

Aude (11)

Aveyron (12)

Bouches-du-Rhône (13)

Calvados (14)

Cantal (15)

Charente (16)

Charente Maritime (17)

Cher (18)

Corrèze (19)

Corse-du-Sud (20-2A)

Haute Corse (20-2B)

see Corse-du-Sud department

Corse Genweb

Cote d’Or (21)

Cotes d’ Armor (22)

Closed to those who live outside of France

Cotes d’ Armor Genweb is closed

Creuse (23)

Dordonge (24)

Doubs (25)

Drôme (26)

Eure (27)

Eure et Loire (28)

Finistere (29)

Gard (30)

Haute-Garonne (31)

Gers (32)

Is closed to those who live outside of France

Gers Genweb

Gironde (33)

Herault (34)

Ille-et-Vilaine (35)

Indre (36)

Indre-et-Loire (37)

Isère (38)

Jura (39)

Landes (40)

Loir-et-Cher (41)

Loire (42)

Haute-Loire (43)

Loire Atlantique (44)

Loiret (45)

Lot (46)

Lot-et-Garonne (47)

Lozère (48)

Maine-et-Loire (49)

Manche (50)

Marne (51)

Haute-Marne (52)

Mayenne (53)

Meurthe-et-Moselle (54)

Meuse (55)

Morbihan (56)

Moselle (57)

Nièvre (58)

Nord (59)

Oise (60)

Orne (61)

Pas-de-Calais (62)

Puy-de-Dôme (63)

Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)

Hautes-Pyrénées (65)

Pyrénées-Orientales (66)

Bas-Rhin (67)

Haut-Rhin (68)

Rhône (69)

Haute Saône (70)

Saône-et-Loire (71)

Sarthe (72)

Savoie (73)

Haute-Savoie (74)

Paris (75)


Seine-et-Marne (77)

Yvelines (78)

Deux-Sèvres (79)

Somme (80)

Tarn (81)

(links timing out)

Tarn-et-Garonne (82)

Var (83)

Vaucluse (84)

Vendeé (85)

Vienne (86)

Haute-Vienne (87)

Vosges (88)

Yonne (89)

(links timing out)

Territoire-de-Belfort (90)

Essonne (91)

Hauts-de-Seine (92)

Seine-Saint-Denis (93)

Val-de-Marne (94)

Val d’Oise (95)


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