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The wonderful website of the Archives nationales d'outre-mer continues to grow. Newly added are the parish and civil registrations of La Réunion, one of France's overseas departments. 
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La Réunion is just to the east of Madagascar. It has had a French presence of some sort since the early seventeenth century, though the parish registrations now online go back only as far as 1704, and up to 1907. These registrations will be of help not only to those whose ancestors went to La Réunion (or to the same place when it was known as île Bourbon or île Bonaparte) and married there or had children or died there.
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They may also be of help to those connected to and trying to trace any of the Enfants de la Creuse, the Children of Creuse. These children were taken from their families and sent from La Réunion to France to repopulate rural departments during the 1960s to the 1980s. Many returned or at least found their families, but some remained in France and are struggling to reconnect with their families. Here are two accounts:
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Perhaps, through the civil and parish registrations of La Réunion, many may find their roots and their families. We certainly hope so.

©2013 Anne Morddel

French Genealogy

 

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