4. Microfilmed Records

The LDS (Latter Day Saints or Mormon Church) are currently microfilming the French registers. As the microfilms become available, these films are what will be available for consultation at the A.D. and not the original records.  Thus, it will not be necessary to go to Europe because these same microfilms can be consulted in the Family History Centers (FHC) of LDS throughout the world.  For those who want to consult the more recent records, be advised that there is a 100 years limit on the registers available to the public (and every 10 years, a new batch of registers is sent to the A.D.).  Starting from the revolution (1792), 10-year indexes (tables decennales) facilitate search.

The following departements are currently on microfilm: 06, 07, 08, 10, 11, 13, 14, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33, 34, 37, 41, 47, 49, 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 67, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73, 74, 76, 77, 78, 84, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95 (some other dep. partial).  Some departements may have been added since this text was written.

The following departement archives have limitations as indicated: 22-diocese 1802-1880, 28-diocese 1802-1880, 29-partial, 33-partial, 34-from 1737, 50-diocese 1802-1880, 57-partial and diocese 1802-1880, 72-partial, 84-partial, 91 to 93-partial, 95-partial

Microfilming in the following departements is now in progress (during Dec. 1992): 02, 17, 22 (complement), 25, 39, 50 (complement), 56, 57 (complement), 62, 64, 75, 80, 83, 85, 89

Microfilming in these departements began in January 1998: 15, 43 and 63.

Note that Paris is a special case.  In 1860, almost all the registers of Paris were moved in two buildings.  In 1871, during the Commune Rebellion, these two buildings were torched and both copies of registers were destroyed, except for a small group of parishes.  Between 1871 and 1897, one third of vital records were rebuilt (2,7 millions compared to 8 millions that were destroyed).  The rebuilt records are available in Bibliotheque nationale in Paris.  Example: Parish St-André-des-Arts (75006) is file Ms 32 589 and covers all records 1525-1746.  See Memoires SGCF, vol. 35, p. 260-269 for a search for King's Daughters in those records for years 1640-1660.

In an independent action, a notary had assembled a cardex file of the baptisms and marriages from 1700, of Paris and most French cities.  It is possible to conduct research in some 1068 reels of "Andriveau collection".  It was microfilmed by the Mormons, but circula-tion of these films in Europe is prohibited.

There are also databases accessible from Minitel.  A Minitel terminal (or software emulating this terminal) is necessary; costs will include the long distance call and the database consultation fees. Price varies and is quite high ($1 for 3 minutes in France).  If you call directly from America (with of course your long distance carrier's inter-national call prefix), the Minitel numbers correspond to phone numbers as shown below: for the 3615 services/databases for the 3616 services/databases for the 3617 services/databases

To learn more about Minitel, consult the following Internet Web page: www.minitel.fr/ For a list of these databases, see the French genealogical magazines or sites like Francegenweb (www.francegenweb.org/) or SWIC (a Minitel database company at www.genealogy.tm.fr/index.htm).  This kind of service is equivalent to the "1-976" pay phone lines, that often involve a great number of menus before finding the desired information, even if you know where it is.  The viewing screen on Minitel is limited to very few characters.  On the Internet, an independent group of genealogist is now building GeneaBank, a database avail-able to members of associations that put their data into that database (free for members; check www.geneabank.org)

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