French Genealogy Online Databases and Resources

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France

ProtestantsGenWeb
Database of French Protestant vital ancestors. You can search either by surname or by commune/Department. The database also includes towns in Belgium and Quebec

Jewish Genealogy Database
A great resource for Birth, Marriage and Death records of French Jewish Ancestors. This was compiled by the hard work of Jean Carcassonne and brought to you by the Jewish Genealogy Association

The Guillotined of the French Revolution
A Browseable Book of alphabetized names of those who were executed during the French Revolution

Databases for each Department of France
A clickable map of all the departments of France. Use the main search, or you can browse through the towns listed for each department.

Archives of France
Is a directory of every online archive deparment of France listed (Archives Departementals en ligne) Most of the Departments are free to access.

Filae.com (France)
The French version of Genealogy.com. This is a subscription database. The site holds repositories of records and indexes of each departments of France and records of Belgique (a department is sort of like an American state.) Besides searching the database for records, you can find out the population of your surname broken down by each department. You will need to know some French words in order to navigate the site. Don’t look at the big picture of all those french sentences, you’ll just roll your eyes and give up. Stay focused on locating certain words and phrases to click your way to the right page(s).

Belgium

French Genealogical Societies Database

Online Archives of Belgium

A little difficult to navigate but they have the towns, type of record and dates very neatly laid out.

Wallonia-asbl
An ongoing project of encoding vital records for their searchable database of surnames for most of the towns in Wallonia and Brussels. This is where I found the bulk of my Belgian ancestors and records. The members are trustworthy and helpful, and I highly recommend them. There is a membership fee. Either use the contact form at the website (accès membres/contact), or contact for membership details. You can write to them in English

Family Search

Family Search has come a long way since it’s humble beginnings over 10 years ago. Before, we had to order microfilm from a LDS family history library, make a possible long trip to the local LDS library, and, depending upon the hours, and try to cram as much time as possible to view the microfilm. Now, Belgian images of records are now available to *browse” (they’re not indexed) for all provinces from 1797 up until 1911 It can be quite tedious to go through expecially since they’re other records sandwiched in between but it’s worth it . France has some vital records uploaded, as well as Canada.

Searchable Database of communes in Namur

Searchable Database of various Communes in Walloon Provinces

Canada

Genealogie Quebec
Largest database of Quebec and French Canadian Records. For $5 you can access the database for 24 hrs, download up to 75 images, have unlimited look ups, and access to all their tools!


PRDH-IGD

Is a Canadian database that houses searchable Drouin images of vital actes for Quebec and French Canada. Not only does it provide the parish records but also has marriage information and family genealogy. This is a reasonable pay-by-the-image for those who don’t want to sign up for a subscription plan other sites offer.

Your Folks

Your Folks is a “point exchange system” service just for Quebec marriages. Instead of paying for an annual subscription, You purchase a package of points and then redeem them for each record of information. You have to join YourFolks (it’s free) to have access to an integrated database of marriage records starting from earliest colonization to the twentieth century. In order to gain all the detailed information for a particular couple, you will need to buy points. Once you sign up for a free membership, you can then pick and pay for a point package that meets your needs. This service does not offer photographed copies of records, just the information

Genealogy Databases

Geneanet
Geneanet is my favorite of online collection of international family trees . It has a multi-parameter search engine, databases,
online records, surname forums and more. This is a great place to network with french contributors with like interests of the surnames.
Contributors upload and offer their information for free, while other professional genealogists have a pay for each record system.

You can sign up at Geneanet for free, but there will be some limitations. Right now, they’re offering a free 1 month trial for their full services.

Ancestry.com
The mother of all Genealogical databases. Who hasn’t heard of these guys?
The site offers mostly US, UK, Irish, Canadian and Western European records.


They store the Drouin Collection of the Quebec Vital and Church Records in a searchable database, that and with their growing French Canada, Quebec, French and Belgium vital and census photographed records makes this a valuable service.

Geneabank

Is another point exchange system but with a difference. All the massive amount of records of information are contributions made by numerous French genealogical societies. Then placed into a searchable “bank” for other researchers to search and browse through.

Geneabank is a very impressive accumulation of record information provided by Genealogical associations of France. The drawback is you have to become a paid member to one of these societies in order to access the databases and purchase points. Here are the lists of the Participating Genealogy Associations. You’ll notice numbers in parentheses after each Society. The numbers represent the names of departments in France (a department is something like a US state).