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If you have French heritage, you may be interested in six new census collections that were recently added to FamilySearch.

  1. France, Hérault, Census, 1906
  2. France, Hérault, Census, 1876
  3. France, Hérault, Census, 1891
  4. France, Nord, Census, 1906
  5. France, Côtes-d’Armor, Census, 1876
  6. France, Côtes-d’Armor, Census, 1906

Valuable Census Information

How can these records help you if you have French ancestry? These census records are valuable because they provide a snapshot of families at a specific time—in this case, 1876, 1891, and 1906. As you find your family in multiple census records, you will see a more complete picture of that family over the years.

During these years, censuses were taken by department, or region, every 5 years. In the census records you will find:

  • names of the people in a household
  • each person’s age at the time the census was taken
  • birth years for each person
  • birthplaces for each person
  • head of household
  • additional members of the household

Find More Family in French Census Records

Even though the census doesn’t give relationships between the people in a household, you can use the information in the census records to find other records that do prove relationships, such as christening or marriage records.

You might be trying to connect immigrant ancestors with their place of origin in France. Census records can help with that too. If you aren’t sure where some of your French ancestors originated, you can search the census by surname and potentially find your family.

These six collections bring the number of French census collections in FamilySearch to 13, including census records for the city of Toulouse and the departments of Dordogne and Saône-et-Loire. To see all collections for France, visit the France Research Page. And if you’d like to see more French records, why not help by participating in French indexing?

Collections are being indexed and published regularly, so please keep checking back for new or updated publications.


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