Remembering French resources

For an overview of genealogy in French-speaking regions, drop by the Franco Gene site at The site features resources for Quebec, Acadia, the United States, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy. If you are not familiar with French surnames, you might want to see how common a surname is in France. At (, you can view the surname distribution of more than 1.3 million names.

GeneaBank ( contains transcribed records created by French genealogical societies. To access the information in the site's databases, you must be a member of a society participating in the project. GeneaNet (www. is a fee-based site that has transcriptions of some civil registers. The Lecture et Informatisation des Sources Archivistiques site (www.lisa contains a database with more than 165,000 transcribed parish records covering the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and Migranet (migranet. houses a database of more than 45,000 French marriages where one of the participants was listed as a migrant. ( has a small collection of records in its subscription databases. These records include census tables from the French Colony of Louisiana (1699-1732), some French-language local and family histories, and a few marriage and church records.

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