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''[[France Genealogy|France]]''
In France before the 1789 revolution, everyone born outside of the kingdom was a foreigner even if born of French parents. All persons born in France, even of foreign parents, were French.
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.
== Naturalization and name change records (Lettres de naturalisation et de changements de noms) ==
Research use: New citizens were naturalized and Jews were registered and adopted surnames in 1808.
Record type: Naturalization of new citizens, and assignment of surnames for immigrant families and Jews.
Time Period: 1635-present. Some as early as the 14th century.
Content: Names, dates, residences, place of origin, previous name and nationality, parents, sometimes birth date and profession.
Location: National, departmental, communal and tribunal archives.
Percentage in Family History Library: 2%.
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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