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eidsvold Mon 27-Oct-08 03:19:22

If you have french relatives you are trying to trace some bdm records are now available if you have world membership. I purchased a pay as you go for ten looks at records. I am trying to track down a birth certificate for my great grandfather.

toadstool Tue 28-Oct-08 13:57:59

Ooh. Will have a look, thanks! smile

toadstool Tue 28-Oct-08 21:28:15

Oh, dear - I've just had a look, along with the new (I presume) site. It doesn't seem very helpful to me - all that came up for my (French) family name was a very distant branch in the USA. I suspect this is only the registers for Paris tagged onto Never mind... I thought it was too good to be true, given the complexity of tracing French BMD.

For your great-grandfather, you need to work out which 'departement' he was born in and find out if that particular record office (archives departementales) has an index of its birth certificates. If it's indexed by 'commune', you need to know the town (or district) before you can start looking. My relatives in france have done most of their family history by post - very few personal visits - but they needed to work out the right town and/or region first.

eidsvold Tue 28-Oct-08 21:36:51

thanks for that toadstool - what a bummer. I have very limited information about his birth other than a date and a place. That is not going to be helpful is it??

I guess I need to get others to help.

Thank you for letting me know. I knew it was going to be hard BUT not that hard smile oh well - back to work.

toadstool Wed 29-Oct-08 21:38:59

Sorry if I sounded negative, I think you've got what you need, in fact - the place name for his birth should be traceable (Wikipedia will give stubs or more for most 'communes' in France, with details of the 'departement'). has a link on it to the postal and web addresses of all the 'archives departementales'. I see has a link to Marne BMD, so that's one set of regional data there.

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