I saw this today on FamilySearch – Finding Your French Ancestors https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/finding-your-french-ancestry/.
Do you have French ancestry and wonder where to start learning more about them? As you learn about your ancestors, take some time to learn about the country and the records that you can access to discover more about them. You’ll learn that a wealth of information and records are available to help you!
France is a country with a long, storied past. If you’re new to French genealogy research and looking for a place to start, this FamilySearch article gives fascinating insight into French history and the records that are available. However, if you’re looking for basic how-to starters, read on!
FamilySearch Research Wiki
The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a good place to start. To find the wiki, as well as other helpful information, click the Help button at the top of the main FamilySearch page. The wiki focuses on research strategies, gives lists of websites and suggestions for finding records, and offers a clickable map of countries that leads you to pages to browse for information. For French research, you can find information and help including the following:
- The France Research Guide, which gives specific information about available records and research strategies.
- An eight-part video series on French research that gives in-depth information about searching for French records, such as how to find civil and church records.
- Articles on French research in the FamilySearch Help Center.
- Classes on finding French ancestors online, which give strategies to help with researching records. For example, one class focuses on calendar changes in France, and other classes explain how to find records online.
- Additional tools to help make your research easier, including:
- Interactive maps.
- The French alphabet.
- Keys words and phrases.
- French spelling.
The France Online Genealogy Records button on the wiki page takes you to a page with more links to available records, histories, lists, directories, and periodicals.