Have you reached a “brick wall” in your genealogy research? Onsite genealogy research in France may just be the key to extending your French ancestry. We have genealogists in France that can help!
Challenges in French Genealogy Research
French genealogical research utilizes civil registration and church records, which are organized on the local level, so knowing your ancestor’s exact town of origin is essential. For those who immigrated from France to elsewhere, this generally requires first conducting research in whichever country was their destination to determine their hometown. While most civil registration and church records have been digitized by the various French archives and are online, some books are still in the process of digitization and are only available onsite in the archives.
Our Team of Professional Genealogists Can Help
If you have French ancestry, our professionals can track down the city/town of origin of your ancestors, determine where that location actually is today, and identify where the records for that place are currently kept. For those areas that don’t have records available online, our genealogists in France can then visit that location to obtain any documents that are available.
Onsite French Archive Access
Our onsite genealogy researchers have access to the following archives, repositories, and libraries in France to help track down the records you need to extend your French family history:
- The Genealogical Library [Bibliothèque généalogique]
- Bibliothèque publique d’information
- The Archives of Lyon
- Archives Portal Europe
- Les Archives d’Outre-Mer (Overseas Archives)
- Bibliothèque Nationale (National Library)
- Archives Militaires(Military Archives)
- Archives Nationales (National Archives)
- Archives des Affaires étrangères(Foreign Affairs Archives