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Websites of the Departmental Archives

  • (01) Ain
    Capital: Bourg-en-Bresse. Archives Numériques Départementales de l'Ain. Online: parish registers, civil registers, censuses. Wonderfully they also have put up the Tables de Succession, (lists of those who died and whether or not they left a will) and the Matricules, (military recruitment documents) for some communes. Being added in stages are the all-important notarial document registers.
  • (02) Aisne
    Capital: Laon. On a very nice site that works well: parish and civil registrations, land records and maps, and many images of historical and genealogical value. There is a nice section on genealogy to help one get started. Additionally, it is possible via a different search page to see all documentation relating to a particular commune.
  • (03) Allier
    Capital : Moulins The parish and civil registrations for over 300 communes are now online and free. One must click an agreement form before access is allowed. Nice site.
  • (04) Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
    Capital: Digne-les-Bains Online: parish and civil registers, annual indices, ten-year indices, censuses, land records.
  • (05) Hautes-Alpes
    Capital: Gap. Online: parish and civil registers, marriage banns, ten-year indices.
  • (06) Alpes-Maritimes
    Capital: Nice. Parish and civil registrations from the 16th century to 1914.
  • (07) Ardèche
    Capital: Privas. Online: parish and civil registers, ten-year indices, land records, Protestant registrations, military registers, and censuses.
  • (08) Ardennes
    Capital: Charleville-Mézières. Online: the ten-year indices with a list of all communes, and land records, parish registers and civil registers from the 16th century to 1850. Civil registrations from 1851 to 1890 are almost complete.
  • (09) Ariège
    Capital: Foix. Currently not online. After two years of preparation, parish and civil registrations may be online by the end of 2014.
  • (10) Aube
    Capital: Troyes. Online: ten-year indices, post cards of various towns and villages, land records. NEW! Parish and civil registrations from 1552 to 1892 are now online. EXCELLENT ADDITION: a surname index to the registrations -- with some 200,000 names!
  • (11) Aude
    Capital: Carcassonne. NEW! Online: parish and civil registrations from 1547 to 1872 and some ten-year indices.
  • (12) Aveyron
    Capital: Rodez. New!!! Online: parish and civil registrations from the 16th to the end of the 19th century.
  • (13) Bouches-du-Rhône
    Capital: Marseille. Online: parish and civil registers, land records, censuses from 1836-1931, old post cards. NEW! Military recruitment registers from 1872 to 1912.
  • (14) Calvados
    Capital: Caen. DIRE! DIRE! DIRE news: all of the parish and civil records and the ten-year indices and annual indices have just been put online BUT there is a charge to see them. It is not much, but it still is there and we consider this to be very bad form. The site has left some interesting pictures of the Normandy invasion free to view.
  • (15) Cantal
    Capital: Aurillac. Online: parish and civil registers, ten-year indices, censuses, alphabetic indices to military enlistments, photographs, AND notarial records and Holocaust records that relate to Cantal! In 2010, the website won a prize for the way it is possible for users to index collaboratively the civil registrations.
  • (16) Charente
    Capital: Angoulême. Online: census records for 1842 to 1872, land records, teachers' notebooks, church inventories, old post cards of local towns, villages and sites. NEW! Parish and civil registrations are now online, but there is a charge to view them.
  • (17) Charente-Maritime
    Capital: La Rochelle. Online: parish, Protestant and civil registers; post cards; photographs of the Second World War; Notarial records of Jonzac. Getting better every day!
  • (18) Cher
    Capital: Bourges. As with many, but not all, you must create an account. This will gain you access to parish and civil registrations, censuses, maps, military enlistment registers and indices to them.
  • (19) Corrèze
    Capital: Tulle. Online: ten-year indices from 1802 to 1902, parish and civil registrations for all communes from their beginnings to 1902, EXCEPT for Brive-la-Gaillarde (see their own website: http://archives.brive.fr), census returns from 1906 to 1936, military recruitment lists, alphabetic death and will registrations to 1940, maps.
  • (2A) Corse-du-Sud
    Capital: Ajaccio. Goofy website. You will have to do some copy-paste work. For the military conscription lists from 1859 to 1918, those of the Garde Mobile from 1865 to 1870: http://www1.arkhenum.fr/ ad_corsedusud_matricules/ For the newly up census returns: http://www1.arkhenum.fr/ ad_corsedusud_recensements/# There is also a very nice surname list. Ten-year indices and parish registrations are expected to be online by September 2014. The archives of the city of Bonifacio, dating from 1682, are now online at http://www.bonifacio-mairie.fr/corse-du-sud/bonifacio.php?menu=57
  • (2B) Haute-Corse
    Capital: Bastia. Online: Maps, civil registrations from 1792 to 1902.
  • (21) Côte-d'Or
    Capital: Dijon. Online: parish and civil registers, ten-year indices, censuses 1800 to 1936, indices to the military recruitment lists, court and judicial records, administrative records,maps, tables to notarial records, and much more.
  • (22) Côtes-d'Armor
    Capital: Saint-Brieuc. Online: land records, parish and civil registrations, census records to 1906, will indices, post cards, posters, photograph collections. Just up: military recruitment lists from 1867 to 1909.
  • (23) Creuse
    Capital: Guéret. New website! Online: Parish and civil registrations, maps, posters from the Second World War, census returns, military recruitment lists, and -- very nice -- alphabetic indices to inheritances.
  • (24) Dordogne
    Capital: Périgueux. Online: land records, ten-year indices, and now, all parish and civil registrations.
  • (25) Doubs
    Capital: Besançon. Online: Ten-year indices. To use the search facility, one must register, but there is no charge.
  • (26) Drôme
    Capital: Valence. Online: parish registers, ten-year indices, civil registers up to 1852, notarial archives, land records.
  • (27) Eure
    Capital: Évreux. Online: parish and civil registers, military recruitment lists, censuses, old postcards.
  • (28) Eure-et-Loir
    Capital: Chartres. Online: Parish registers, civil registers, land records, censuses, church plans.
  • (29) Finistère
    Capital: Quimper. Online: Maps, parish and civil registrations census returns, military recruitment lists, all a bit awkward to use.
  • (30) Gard
    Capital: Nîmes. Difficulties abound. After being closed to the public for a year, the new location is now open. Online: No genealogical records are online as yet, but a website is planned for the end of 2014. It will start with the military conscription lists. Parish and civil registrations are not expected to be online before 2017! However, the municipal archives of Nîmes have placed some indices online: http://www.nimes.fr/index.php?id=1012
  • (31) Haute-Garonne
    Capital: Toulouse. Online: Land records, parish and civil registers, military recruitment lists, marriage contracts from Toulouse from 1501 to 1739, censuses, insinuations from 1693 to 1790. The site is maddening in that images cannot be adjusted; there is no possibility to zoom in or out.
  • (32) Gers
    Capital: Auch. Online: Finding aids and maps only at the moment. Expected by the end of 2014: census returns and military conscription lists. Parish and civil registrations are not expected to be online before late 2015, if then.
  • (33) Gironde
    Capital: Bordeaux. Online: Transcriptions of parish registers, 182 registers of the Admiralty of Guyenne, a list of communes for which the records are being scanned. Expected date when the civil registers will be online: 2010. The ten-year indices are online now.
  • (34) Hérault
    Capital: Montpellier. Online: Military recruitment registers, parish and civil registers, censuses, land records, notarial records.
  • (35) Ille-et-Vilaine
    Capital: Rennes. Online: Land records, parish and civil registrations for most but not quite yet all locations. For Rennes see the Archives municipales de Rennes.
  • (36) Indre
    Capital: Châteauroux. Online: Finding aids, maps, parish and civil registrations, ten-year indices, census returns. The site is much improved recently.
  • (37) Indre-et-Loire
    Capital: Tours. Online: Parish registers have just gone up! Also : Ten-year indices, land records, old post cards and records of wills filed (Tables de successions - very useful, these), military conscription lists.
  • (38) Isère
    Capital: Grenoble. Online: Ten-year indices, and just up: parish and civil registrations.
  • (39) Jura
    Capital: Lons-le-Saunier. This has to be one of the most helpful archives in the country. Online: maps, postcards and historic photographs. Parish and civil registrations are scheduled for 2016.
  • (40) Landes
    Capital: Mont-de-Marsan. Lots of problems with this site, and many efforts to repair them, finally leading to a new site. Online: Parish and civil registrations, military recruitment lists, maps, town meeting minute books.
  • (41) Loir-et-Cher
    Capital: Blois. Online: parish and civil registrations, census returns, indices to military recruitment lists, maps.
  • (42) Loire
    Capital: Saint-Étienne. Just put online: Ten-year indices, parish and civil registers.
  • (43) Haute-Loire
    Capital: Le Puy-en-Velay. Online: Nice new website which has parish and civil registrations, ten-year indices to same, and the beautiful documents of the Chaise-Dieu Abbey.
  • (44) Loire-Atlantique
    Capital: Nantes. Online: Parish registers, civil registers, censuses, land records, maps, old post cards, notarial records and more. New: military enlistment registers, WITH a surname index to them!
  • (45) Loiret
    Capital: Orléans. Online: NEW! Civil registrations from 1833 to 1902 are now online. However, there are some that will never be online, for they were destroyed during the Second World War.
  • (46) Lot
    Capital: Cahors. Online: Parish and civil registrations to 1902, including clerk's copies, census records, succession tables, military registers. This site has had some trouble but seems to be working properly as of November 2012.
  • (47) Lot-et-Garonne
    Capital: Agen. Much improved! Online now: civil registrations of the 19th century, census returns, many maps and land records, photographs, old post cards, unique funds of local history and customs, and the recordings of the accounts of some Spanish refugees.
  • (48) Lozère
    Capital: Mende. An all new website! Online: the parish and civil registers from the 17th century to 1902, photographs, maps, post cards, town histories, insinuations. Unusually, the municipal archives of the capitol city are at the same site. Nice little bit of cooperation, that.
  • (49) Maine-et-Loire
    Capital: Angers. Online: Parish and civil registrations, land records, ten-year indices. NEW! Military recruitment lists, cahiers de doléances and more.
  • (50) Manche
    Capital: Saint-Lô. Just up Online: Land records, parish and civil registrations and ten-year indices. Click on moteur de recherche, then on état civil. There is a nifty little video explaining how to use the search engine. NEW! Military conscription lists are being added.
  • (51) Marne
    Capital: Châlons-en-Champagne. New! Online: parish and civil registrations, maps, censuses, and land records.
  • (52) Haute-Marne
    Capital: Chaumont. Online: finding aids and land records are online. Gradually being added are: parish and civil registers, ten-year indices, and notarial records. Here, one can also read the interesting "Notes généalogiques du Baron de l'Horme".
  • (53) Mayenne
    Capital: Laval. Online: parish and civil registers from the 16th century to 1882, ten-year indices, a data base created by volunteers of the details from the marriages of the 19th century, military registers, census lists from 1836 to 1906, land records, transcriptions of marginal notes from the parish registers. Mayenne is acknowledged as the gold standard of departmental archives online.
  • (54) Meurthe-et-Moselle
    Capital: Nancy. Online: parish and civil registers up to 1882, land records. There is a warning that records for Toul are incomplete, owing to a fire there in 1939.
  • (55) Meuse
    Capital: Bar-le-Duc. Online: The parish and civil registers are now online, as are military conscription lists and some censuses.
  • (56) Morbihan
    Capital: Vannes. Online: parish and civil registers, ten-year indices, military conscription lists, maps, photos, 19th century local newspapers.
  • (57) Moselle
    Capital: Metz. Online: an extensive site. The first phase of putting records online has begun with the parish registrations prior to 1793 for about 500 towns and villages. Civil registrations will not be online before 2015.
  • (58) Nièvre
    Capital: Nevers. Online: finding aids, list of communes, old post cards, cahiers de doléances, pregnancy declarations, censuses, military conscriptions, parish registrations and civil registrations are completed. Unusually organised that is very helpful to the genealogist.
  • (59) Nord
    Capital: Lille. Online: Ten-year indices, parish and civil registrations, military recruitment lists, land records, 1906 census. The archives are relocating. Check the website before visiting the facility.
  • (60) Oise
    Capital: Beauvais. Online: old post cards, parish maps, parish and civil registers, censuses, military registers. It is necessary to register with the site; this is free.
  • (61) Orne
    Capital: Alençon. Online: parish and civil registers to 1902, ten-year indices.
  • (62) Pas-de-Calais
    Capital: Arras. Online: Lots of advice, plus ten-year indices to parish and civil registrations up to 1912, census records from 1820 to 1886, military recruitment records through 1921, land records.
  • (63) Puy-de-Dôme
    Capital: Clermont-Ferrand. Online: All parish and civil records, a wonderful collection of notarial files, images of clerical seals and finding aids. Nicely done.
  • (64) Pyrénées-Atlantiques
    Capital: Pau. Now online: land records, finding aids, parish and civil registrations, notarial records. One must complete a short registration form, but the site is free to use.
  • (65) Haute-Pyrénées
    Capital: Tarbes. Online: no genealogical records are online. However, the city of Tarbes has put up its parish and civil registers from 1611 to 1909 on www.archives.tarbes.fr
  • (66) Pyrénées-Orientales
    Capital: Perpignan. Finally online! : finding aids only, civil registrations, military conscription lists, census returns.
  • (67) Bas-Rhin
    Capital: Strasbourg. Online: parish and civil registrations and census records, now up to 1912. Also a very interesting discussion of an early 19th century manuscript of a history of Jews in Alsace, by Jacob Meyer. A new website has just been launched.
  • (68) Haut-Rhin
    Capital: Colmar. Online: the heraldic devices for each commune, a list of those who died in the two World Wars, a list of all of the mairies (town halls). NEW! Civil registrations from 1798 are now up. Also, ten-year indices and lists of Jewish names. Serious teething problems abound; the site is incredibly slow and often does not work. We predict a crash.
  • (69) Rhône
    Capital: Lyon. Online: Censuses from 1836, parish and civil registrations from 1527, military recruitment registers, maps, indices to notarial records, a very large collection on orphans. Collaborative indexing of both registrations and censuses is making this site incredibly useful. Rhône is the first department to allow the images of their ten-year indices and of their parish and civil registrations to appear on www.genealogie.com, though why you would pay there when you can get it free here is a mystery.
  • (70) Haute-Saône
    Capital: Vesoul. Online: Land records, census records, civil and parish registrations, conscription registers, bureaux de succession registers. Exceedingly helpful staff. Ten-year indices for many communes can be found on the website of the local genealogy group, Serv@nc'nautes : www.servancnaute.fr
  • (71) Saône-et-Loire
    Capital: Mâcon. Online: land records, ten-year indices, parish and civil registers to 1902, censuses from 1836 to 1901, cahiers de doléances, post cards, and a nice facility to see all that is available for each town.
  • (72) Sarthe
    Capital: Le Mans. Online: land records, parish and civil records to 1850, military registers.
  • (73) Savoie
    Capital: Chambéry. Online : maps, some ten-year indices, census records from the 16th to 20th centuries, parish and civil registers from 1501 to 1793 and from 1815 to 1860. Also: some old newspapers, indices to maps, posters, etc.
  • (74) Haute-Savoie
    Capital: Annecy. Online: NEW! Parish and civil registrations, censuses and military conscriptions from 1860 to 1940, and maps.
  • (75) Paris
    Online: the existing and reconstructed parish and civil registers are online, with the identical system to that used in the archives, which is not the easiest. New!: The military recruitment registers from 1875-1909 and the long, long lists of the first names of children accepted into care from 1742-1909.
  • (76) Seine-Maritime
    Capital: Rouen. Parish and civil registrations up to 1912 and in some cases up to 1935. Promised soon are maps. Fingers crossed for passenger lists of ships sailing from Le Havre!
  • (77) Seine-et-Marne
    Capital: Melun. Online: Censuses, ten-year indices, notarial records, parish and civil registrations. NEW! Marriage banns, military conscription lists, World War One photographs.
  • (78) Yvelines and the old Seine et Oise
    Capital: Versailles. Online: ten-year indices, parish and civil registrations, military recruitment, censuses, land records, cahiers de doléances, community monographs (histories). A very nice site, but as of mid-2011, it does not work with Safari.
  • (79) Deux-Sèvres
    Capital: Niort. Online: parish and civil registers, land records and census records. Nice, clean site. NEW: military conscription registers are now online.
  • (80) Somme
    Capital: Amiens. Online: old post cards, seals. NEW! with a new website: parish and civil registrations, censuses, land records, local histories, seals, photographs of WWI, and.....(drum roll) a user's guide in English.
  • (81) Tarn
    Capital: Albi. Online: some parish registers, civil registers, ten-year indices, land records. It is necessary to register to use the site.
  • (82) Tarn-et-Garonne
    Capital: Montauban. Online: Ten-year indices, civil and parish registrations dating back to 1590. New! The local copies of parish registrations, giving an important supplement, filling many gaps in the central administration's sets of registrations. Excellent!!!
  • (83) Var
    Capital: Toulon. Online: land records, censuses, ten-year indices, medieval notarial records, architectural records cahiers de doléances, records about the liberation of Var during WWII. The site has been recently improved and cleaned up.
  • (84) Vaucluse
    Capital: Avignon. Online: parish and civil registrations for some towns and ten-year indices for all.
  • (85) Vendée
    Capital: La-Roche-sur-Yon. Online: parish and civil registers, censuses, notarial records, land records, old post cards. New!: faire part, notarial minutes and délibérations municipales.
  • (86) Vienne
    Capital: Poitiers. Online: parish and civil registers (now up to 1912), land records, census lists. Interesting: A collection of notes on cards made during the 1950s extracting further information on Protestants, abandoned children and more. ALSO, the military registrations from 1867-1908.
  • (87) Haute-Vienne
    Capital: Limoges. Online: Land records and finding aids only. Latest word is that the parish and civil registrations could be on-line around the end of 2014. The story is that there seems to be a problem of damp and fungus on the records.
  • (88) Vosges
    Capital: Épinal. Newly online: parish registers from 1526, civil registers to 1905, the ten-year indices, and recently the censuses for the years from 1886 to 1906. Very nicely done, with easy printing.
  • (89) Yonne
    Capital: Auxerre. Online: parish and civil registers. NEW! Census records are up.
  • (90) Territoire de Belfort
    Capital: Belfort. A very nice new site with plenty online: parish and civil registrations, censuses, military registrations, and land records. Additionally, local archivists have created an excellent site of indexed data from the parish and civil registrations. It is a bilingual site: http://lisa90.org
  • (91) Essonne
    Capital: Évry. Online: Parish and civil registers, censuses, land records, and 184 village and town histories written for the 1900 Paris Expo. Just up: indices to notaires' minutes.
  • (92) Hauts-de-Seine
    Capital: Nanterre. Online: maps and the ten-year indices to the civil registrations through 1912, and now the civil registrations from 1792 to 1907.
  • (93) Seine-Saint-Denis
    Capital: Bobigny. Online: no genealogical records are online.
  • (94) Val-de-Marne
    Capital: Créteil. Online: parish and civil registers, ten-year indices, land records, finding aids. Nice, easy site to use. Wonderfully interested, knowledgeable and helpful staff. NEW: census records are now online, from 1795 (!) to 1906.
  • (95) Val-d'Oise
    Capital: Cergy-Pontoise. Online: Finally! With a lovely new website: parish registrations from the 16th century to 1792, civil registrations from 1793-1900, ten-year indices, and census returns from 1917 to 1936.
  • (971) Guadeloupe
    Capital: Basse-Terre. Online: no genealogical records are online.
  • (972) Martinique
    Capital: Fort-de-France. This is actually the website of BNPM - The Banque Numérique des Patrimoines Martiniquais. Online: the actes d'individualité of freed slaves, 1848-1851.
  • (973) Guyane
    Capital: Cayenne. Online: finding aids only. Preparation to put parish and civil registrations online is under way. There is an excellent list of links to other research resources.
  • (974) La Réunion
    Capital: Saint-Denis. Online: no records are online, but there is a nice new site for the archives.

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