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France, Dordogne, Censuses, 1856
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Dordogne, France
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Record Description
Record Type: Census
Collection years: 1856-1861
Languages: French
Title in the Language: France, Dordogne, recensements de la population, 1856
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Archives departementales de la Dordogne

What is in This Collection?Edit

This collection consists of census records from the province of Dordogne from the years 1856 and 1861. Availability of records varies by year and locality.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?Edit

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Address, including city, street, and house number
  • Number of households in the same house
  • Number of individuals in the household
  • Surname and given names of individuals in the household
  • Genders and ages of individuals in the household
  • Occupations of individuals in the household
  • Nationality of family

Collection ContentEdit

This collection contains a complete index of the population censuses (recensements de la population) for the years 1856-1861.

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How Do I Search This Collection?Edit

Before beginning a search in these records, it is best to know the full name of the individual in question, as well as an approximate time range for the desired record. When entered into the search engine on the Collection Page, this information provides the quickest, most reliable path to finding the correct person. Of course, other information can be substituted as necessary.

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Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?Edit

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?Edit

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?Edit

  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see below for assistance in citing this collection. Save or print a copy of the image if possible
  • Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Continue to search the index to identify additional entries for children, siblings, parents, and other relatives

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?Edit

  • Consult the France Record Finder to find other records
  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name, especially in church records
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches
  • Search the records of nearby localities. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon
  • Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description, if possible

Research HelpsEdit

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in France.

Citing This CollectionEdit

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"France, Dordogne, recensements de la population, 1856." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 16 May 2017. Archives départementales de la Dordogne (Departmental Archives of the Dordogne), Perigueux, France.
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