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Paris, France
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Record Description
Record Type: Naturalization and Citizenship
Collection years: 1792-1795
Languages: English
Title in the Language: Cartes d’identité, Paris, France 1792-1795
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Bibliothèque Généalogique et d'Histoire Sociale de France


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is an index of identification cards from Paris, dating from 1792 to 1795. During this period, the French First Republic (République française) ruled until 1795 when Napoleon took power and established the French First Empire.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

For help reading these French records see the following guides:

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Person's name
  • Birth year
  • Residence
  • Registration date
  • Occupation
  • Date of arrival in Paris
  • Previous residence

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, 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. Other information such as birth date or place of birth are also very helpful in your search.

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on 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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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 children, siblings, parents, and other relatives

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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 and surnames. For much of the period of this collection, spelling was not standardized; pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation. Simple clerical errors were also always possible. Furthermore, individuals were often listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name. For women, remember that it was not uncommon to revert to a maiden name after the death of a husband
  • 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. Alternatively, try expanding the date range; this is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
  • Search the records of nearby parishes. 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. Note that marriages usually took place in the parish where the bride resided
  • Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description, if possible

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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