What are these? What’s the difference between these and the French Archives. Simply put, they’re the same vital records stored in the archives of the town or city instead of archived at the French Department.
What makes them important is if you come across towns that are not available through the Departmental archives of France there’s still hope in finding what you need through the communal archives. Let’s take the large city of Nantes located in the department of Loire-Atlantique for example. There are no vital records listed with the department but they are found with the municipal archives of Nantes. Francegenweb.org has made french genealogy much more easier for us by providing links to all the towns that have online archives.
Here’s the link to the Municipal archives: Click Here