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The Departmental Archives of Haute-Saône

The Departmental Archives of Doubs

Doubs AD

 Doubs is one of the four departments of the region in eastern France of Franche-Comté. The others are Jura, Haute-Saône and the Territoire de Belfort. The region has a unique history of being a part of Burgundy, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Spanish empire before, in 1678, it finally and definitively became a part of France. The archives have a very small online presence. Their parish and civil registrations are not all online so, in order to research thoroughly a family from Doubs, we went there.

The archives are in a suburb of Besançon, easily reached by the city buses. Within, one must as in all archives register and receive a user's card. The facility is quite modern, and security is good. (This was not always the case, it seems. In the past, archivists and patrons took home what they pleased, somewhat ransacking sections of the holdings.) There are about a dozen microfilm readers, four of which can print copies of images. The index to the civil and  parish registrations is available on computers and in binders on top of the microfilm cabinets. It is a small facility, but quite up to date, with knowledgeable and very kindly staff. 

Perhaps the greatest asset is the resident genealogy enthusiast, Yvette, who is most keen to answer any and every question on anything to do with local genealogy. She even offers to do record lookups and send the results via e-mail. This is one of those archives that works in complete coordination with the local genealogy cercle in an effort to provide the best service to their most numerous users. Bravo!

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Archives départementales du Doubs

rue Marc Bloche

Planoise

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postal address:

Conseil général du Doubs

Archives départementales du Doubs

 

rue Marc Bloche

Planoise

BP 2059

25050 Besançon Cedex

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telephone: (+ 33)  03 81 25 88 00

e-mail: archives.departementales@doubs.fr

Closed Monday mornings, in spite of what certain pages on the website say.

.Read all of our posts about Departmental Archives here.

©2010 Anne Morddel

French Genealogy

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