Making French Genealogy Easier

Explore The Online France Department Archives

Map of Each France Department

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

The France department archives 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 of digitized records for all continental departments of France. Before the French Revolution, France existed as provinces of the ‘ancien régime’. Roman Catholic clergy recorded the baptism, marriage, and burial occurrences. In 1792, France was no longer governed by the Catholic church. The country was now governed by the new French Republic. The country was then divided into “Departments”.

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 can find : Registres Paroissiaux (church records: baptemes, Mariages, Sepulture (burial)- BMS; état civil numérisés (civil vital records: naissance (birth), Mariages, décés (death) – BMD; Recensements de population (census); Registres matricules militaires (military enlistments), maps, estates, ect, browse through. Elise Noble fully explains the names of records in an easy to read format. (She has a great website filled with historical and informational content).

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**Updated 05 Jun 2024

Ain (01)

Aisne (02)

Allier (03)

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04)

Haute-Alpes (05)

Alpes-Maritimes (06)

You need a France VPN to access

Ardèche (07)

Ardennes (08)

Ariège (09)

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Aube (10)

Aude (11)

Aveyron (12)

Bouches-du-Rhône (13)

Calvados (14)

Cantal (15)

Charente (16)

Charente Maritime (17)

Cher (18)

Corrèze (19)

Corse (20)

  • Corse-du-Sud (2A)
  • Haute-Corse (2B)

Côte d’Or (21)

Côtes-d’Armor (22)

You need a France VPN to access

Creuse (23)

Dordonge (24)

Doubs (25)

Drôme (26)

Eure (27)

Eure-et-Loire (28)

Finistère (29)

Gard (30)

Haute-Garonne (31)

Gers (32)

You need a France VPN to access

Gironde (33)

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Herault (34)

Ille-et-Vilaine (35)

Indre (36)

Indre-et-Loire (37)

Isère (38)


Jura (39)

Landes (40)

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Loire-et-Cher (41)

Loire (42)

Haute-Loire (43)

Loire-Atlantique (44)

Loiret (45)

Lot (46)

Lot-et-Garonne (47)

Lozere (48)

Maine-et-Loire (49)

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Manche (50)

Marne (51)

Haute-Marne (52)

Mayenne (53)

Meurthe-et-Moselle (54)

Meuse (55)

Morbihan (56)

Moselle (57)

*digitized records are unavailable at this time

Nièvre (58)

Nord (59)

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Oise (60)

*You’ll need a France VPN number to access

Orne (61)

Pas-de-Calais (62)

Puy-de-Dôme (63)

Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)

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Hautes-Pyrénées (65)

Navigating the Archives of Hautes-Pyrénées

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-Maritime (76)

Seine-et-Marne (77)

Yvelines (78)

Deux-Sèvres (79)

Somme (80)

Tarn (81)

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Tarn-et-Garonne (82)

Var (83)

VauCluse (84)

Vendée (85)

Vienne (86)

Haute-Vienne (87)

Vosges (88)

Yonne (89)

Territoire-de-Belfort (90)

Essonne (91)

Hauts-de-Seine (92)

Seine-Saint-Denis (93)

Val-de-Marne (94)

Val-d’Oise (95)


Tutorial 7 -Navigating the France Archives



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