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Coutances et d'Avranches, Manche, France
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Record Description
Record Type: Inquiries of Consanguinity
Collection years: 1597-1818
Languages: French
Title in the Language: Registres des Enquêtes de Consanguinité, 1597-1818
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The collection consists of images of Catholic registers of inquiries of consanguinity (registres des enquêtes de consanguinité) from the Diocese of Coutances et d'Avranches. It includes both a chronological index and original inquiry records (1597-1792). Parishes within this diocese are within the boundaries of the department of Manche and the former province of Normandy, France.

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