France’s Military Enlistment Records & Resources

also includes enlistment records and resources of Belgium and Canada and from the France Departmental Archives

French Military

  • Memoire des Hommes; Military Enlistments of the “l’Ancien Régime” 1682-1793 Military Enlistments and Campaigns of the Ancient Regime for France (including what is now known as Belgium) is a MASSIVE depository of image records of enlistments, different branches of army i.e. Infantry, Calvary, Artillery and more. It covers the units, towns of Enlistments and battlefields. Early records have the old names of regions and Provinces (ex: Anjou) that don’t exist today. Unfortunately, this is not a searchable database but a browsable one. There are filters on the right side of the page that help narrow down fields so you can browse better. Click here for instructions on how to navigate through this database..
  • Mémoire des Hommes 1802-1815 . Napoleonic War enlistments searchable database. Also has some earlier records and includes what is now known as Belgium. With images
  • Geneanet’s Military Archives Geneanet continues to shine with their ongoing indexing project of the Napoleonic War enlistments 1802-1815. This is an index.
  • 1914-1918 A database of French soldiers who died for France during World War One
  • Memorial Genweb “List and honor the soldiers and resistance fighters who gave their lives for France during conflicts or missions, the civilian victims of acts of war as well as the foreign soldiers who died on our territory”
  • Ancestramil – Contributions for the Search of Military Ancestors

Belgian Military

During the French Revolution, in what we know now as Wallonia, Belgium was part of the department of Sambre-et-Meuse. That department no longer exists. At FamilySearch, you can find early 1800s to late 1800’s military enlistment records within the town’s marriage records of Belgium at FamilySearch.org. They are called annexes and contain other important records. Most of the annexes have been pulled from the vital records and grouped by years as separate browsable image rolls. It’s time-consuming, but worth it. Check your town, to see if they are available (not all towns have them though)

Memoire des Hommes; Military Enlistments of the ‘L’Ancien Régime 1682-1793 Military Enlistments and Campaigns of the Ancient Regime. Also includes men from what is now known as Belgium. This is a MASSIVE browsable depository of all recorded enlistments with images, of different branches of army i.e. Infantry, Calvary, Artillery and more. It covers the names of soldiers, towns of Enlistments and battlefields. Early records have regions and Provinces (ex: Anjou) that might not exist today. Unfortunately, this is not a searchable database but a browsable one. There are filters on the right side of the page that help narrow down fields so you can browse better. Click here for instructions on how to navigate through this database..

Mémoire des Hommes 1802-1815
Napoleonic War enlistments searchable database. Includes enlistments from areas now known as Belgium.

In Flanders Field1914-1918
A searchable list of soldiers’ names of Belgians who died in WWI- This is an on-going project

Canadian Military

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