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''[[France Genealogy|France]]''
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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 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.  
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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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== 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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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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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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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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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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Location: National, departmental, communal and tribunal archives.  
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Percentage in Family History Library: 2%.
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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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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>  
    
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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[[Category:France]]
 
[[Category:France]]
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