We explained here some time ago the meanings and types of Faire-parts, invitations or announcements of deaths, marriages or births, but mostly of deaths. We would make the death cards something of a sub-category of the faire-part as they do not invite one to a funeral but merely inform of a death and ask for prayers, as in the card above.
For genealogical purposes, they are a bit less useful than a funeral announcement, as they usually do not name relatives. They do, however, give:
- The deceased's full name
- A photograph or drawing of the deceased
- The date of death
- The place of death
- In some cases, the deceased's profession
In the case of the card above, Louis Charles Joseph d'Halluin was the mayor of Quesnoy-sur-Deûle, in the department of Nord, where he died on the 12th of June 1884.
The reverse of the card is usually religious in nature, as can be seen here:
Where to find these cards? Well, we picked up ours at various vide-greniers. Dozens are available for almost nothing on the French document vendors' website Delcampe. To search that website for a death card with your French ancestor's surname, scroll down the main page to the rubric Vieux papiers and click on it.
Then, scroll down the categories list to Faire-part and click on décès:
Then, type the surname you seek in the search box:
We typed in the name Richelme, with the result of one card, for sale for two euros:
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