FrancoGène: List of former French provinces

The name of the old province is shown with the number of the corresponding modern département.  See this name for the full name of départements.

Keep in mind that the border of provinces changed from time to time.  Moreover, modern French region are often based on the old province names but with other borders.  Dioceses usually their own borders.  For example, the diocese of Angers in the province of Anjou has not the same border as the province of Anjou.

* means a département that took only a small part of the said province.  Some départements are not named when the part they took was too small.  So, sometimes, you have to check the other départements.

The main town is for reference only.  Sometimes, a province was shared between many départements and some archives can be found in all those départements.
 
 
Former province Modern Département(s) Main town or capital
Alsace 67, 68, 90 Strasbourg
Angoumois 16 Angoulême
Anjou 49, 53* Angers
Artois 62 Arras
Aunis 17 La Rochelle
Auvergne 15, 43, 63 Clermont-Ferrand (Clermont and Montferrand)
Béarn, later merged to Navarre 64 Lescar, Morlàas, Orthez, Pau
Berry 18, 36 Bourges
Bigorre
65
Tarbes
Boulonnais 62 Boulogne
Bourbonnais 03, 18* Moulins
Bourgogne 01, 21, 52*, 70*, 71, 89 Dijon
Bretagne 22, 29, 35, 44, 56 Rennes
Champagne 02*, 08, 10, 51, 52, 77*, 89* Reims
Comtat-Venaissin 84 Avignon
Dauphiné 05, 26, 38 Grenoble
Dombes 01 Trévoux
Flandres 59, Belgique Lille
Foix (Comté de) 09 Foix
Franche-Comté 25, 39, 70 Besançon
Gascogne and Guyenne 12, 24, 31*, 32, 33, 40, 46, 47, 65, 81* Bordeaux
Hainaut 59, Belgium Mons (Belgium)
Ile-de-France 02*, 60, 75, 77*, 78, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95 Paris
Languedoc 03*, 07, 11, 30, 31*, 34, 43*, 48, 82 Toulouse
Limousin 19, 87* Limoges
Lorraine 08*, 54, 55, 57, 88 Nancy
Lyonnais 42, 69* Lyon
Maine 53, 61*, 72 Le Mans
Marche 23, 36*, 87* Guéret
Navarre or Basse-Navarre 64 Pau
Nice 06 Nice
Nivernais 58 Nevers
Normandie 14, 27, 50, 61, 76 Rouen
Orléanais 28, 41, 45 Orléans
Perche 61 Alençon
Périgord 24 Périgueux
Picardie 02*, 80 Amiens
Poitou 79, 85, 86 Poitiers
Provence 04, 06*, 13, 83, 84* Marseille
Roussillon 66 Perpignan
Saintonge or Xaintonge 16, 17 Saintes
Saumurois 38*, 49*, 86* Saumur
Savoie 73, 74 Chambéry
Touraine 37 Tours