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In 1871 Alsace-Lorraine was annexed by Germany. Some of the former residents of Alsace-Lorraine declared their preference for French citizenship. Three hundred ninety-five alphabetical, printed lists of these declarations were published in France. ''Ministère de la Justice. Bulletin des lois de la République française (Lists of persons preferring French citizenship)''. Paris, France: Imp. Nationale, 1872. (Family History Library film {{FHL|787154|film|disp=787154}}-787166.) These lists help locate where a particular surname appeared in Alsace-Lorraine in 1872. They give name, birth date, birthplace, residence, date of the declaration, and notes. These lists include about 950,000 names.  
 
In 1871 Alsace-Lorraine was annexed by Germany. Some of the former residents of Alsace-Lorraine declared their preference for French citizenship. Three hundred ninety-five alphabetical, printed lists of these declarations were published in France. ''Ministère de la Justice. Bulletin des lois de la République française (Lists of persons preferring French citizenship)''. Paris, France: Imp. Nationale, 1872. (Family History Library film {{FHL|787154|film|disp=787154}}-787166.) These lists help locate where a particular surname appeared in Alsace-Lorraine in 1872. They give name, birth date, birthplace, residence, date of the declaration, and notes. These lists include about 950,000 names.  
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== Naturalization and name change records (Lettres de naturalisation et de changements de noms) ==
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Research use:  New citizens were naturalized and Jews were registered and adopted surnames in 1808.
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Record type:  Naturalization of new citizens, and assignment of surnames for immigrant families and Jews.
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Time Period:  1635-present.  Some as early as the 14th century.
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Content:  Names, dates, residences, place of origin, previous name and nationality, parents, sometimes birth date and profession.
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Location:  National, departmental, communal and tribunal archives.
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Percentage in Family History Library:  2%.
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Population coverage:  10%.<ref name="profile">The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: France,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1984-1998.</ref>
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== References  ==
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[[Category:France]]
 
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