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FRANCE: French Birth Certificate
« on: Wednesday 03 August 05 16:54 BST (UK) »
I am trying to trace a French birth in Nantes (loire atlantique), I have a father's name and a year of birth: approx. 1840 - little else.

The Mormons do not have any records for this area that I can order and the only genealogist I can find wants almost £120 just to find one birth certificate.

Does anyone know of a genealogist in the region that might help?

Can anyone advise if the Archives Departmental will produce a certificate based on such scant information? I have heard they will not do a search.

Hoping someone can help!
Michelle





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Re: French Birth Certificate
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 04 August 05 22:49 BST (UK) »
Hi Michelle
You could try contacting the 'Mairie' ( the Town hall )
in Nantes.

I was also given this contact but have not done anything about it as yet

Centre d'Accueil et de Recherche des Archives
Nationales. 60 rue des Francs Bourgeois, Paris Cedex, 75131, France. Tel: 1-40-27-6000
Fax 1-40-27-6628

I have ancestors born in Brest and was there on holiday last year and managed to look at the records. The French record a lot such as fathers profession and mothers maiden name time of birth etc

I saw 2 of mine at the time but have since discovered another 4. I have sent an email to a site I found on the net (& I translated into French as well!!) but have had no reply. maybe I am unlucky or maybe I was looking in the wrong place! but this is the link hopefully !!

http://www.genealogy.tm.fr
Hope this helps
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Re: French Birth Certificate
« Reply #2 on: Friday 05 August 05 09:17 BST (UK) »
Hi Michelle,

You should contact the Hôtel de Ville
                                     Mairie centrale de Nantes
                                     29 Rue de Strasbourg
                                     44000 Nantes
                                     Tel  02 40 41 90 00
                                      Fax 02 40 41 92 39
You need a copie d'acte d'etat-civil. Normally free of charge but you will need to send stamped addressed envelope.

I have seen somewhere on the LDS site a standard letter in French which can be used. I will have a look later.

If you need any assistance, I would be only too pleased to help. My wife is French.
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Re: French Birth Certificate
« Reply #3 on: Friday 05 August 05 13:10 BST (UK) »
Hello again,

If you go onto the site:
                                    http://www.nantes.fr/mairie/formalite/procedures/etatcivil.asp

and then click on Nantes Inter@ctive you can obtain a request form which you can send online.

If you prefer by post you can find an example of a request form in French on the LDS site under research guidance France.

If you have any problems or questions give me a shout.
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Re: French Birth Certificate
« Reply #4 on: Friday 05 August 05 23:42 BST (UK) »
Greetings again Geoff. My Gt.Gt.Grandparents eldest son was born c1848 in Rouen. Robert Hodgkinson was a Railway Servant/Engine Driver and I am told that the British were very much involved in the building of the French railways. Would you be able to point me in the right direction  as to where I might obtain a copy of George Hodgkinson's birth certificate. Many thanks.

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Re: French Birth Certificate
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 06 August 05 07:41 BST (UK) »
Hi Janet,

You can apply on line to

            http://www.rouen.fr/etatcivil/acte_naissance.php

It may be that as a foreigner living in France, the records will be held in Nantes. There is a special departement. Try Rouen first and if you want any more help,let me know.
                                                Best wishes
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Re: French Birth Certificate
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 07 August 05 00:38 BST (UK) »
Thank you Geoff. I think my school-girl French will get me through !  Best wishes.

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Re: French Birth Certificate
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 07 August 05 13:34 BST (UK) »
Hi everyone,
                   Thanks for all your help and suggestions. I will certainly give these things a go and see what I can come up with.

All the best.
Michelle
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My family: Jackson of Southwark -- West of Brentford -- Adcock of Westminster -- Stevens of Westminster -- Wynes of Gloucestershire -- Randell of Hackney -- Hern of Berkshire -- Soanes of Oxfordshire -- Holman of Totnes -- Avery of North Tawton.

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Re: French Birth Certificate
« Reply #8 on: Monday 05 September 05 15:09 BST (UK) »
Hello Geoff,

May I ask your advice about a birth in "Havre" around 1840. Do you think I can get a birth certificate for the baby, even though both parents were English? The parents were in England in 1837 (marriage) & again in 1842 (another birth), so they were not in Le Havre for long. They were simple, ordinary folk, so perhaps they wouldn't even bother registering the birth?

Any ideas?

What about baptisms? Would there have been a Protestant Church for that, or do you think that they might have waited until getting back to the England?

This is my direct line, Gt. Grandfather, so it is a bit depressing that I have no birth record for him!  :'(

UKgirl

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