Réunion Island, France Colonial Records

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French Colonization (1642-1946)[edit | edit source]

Previously known as the Island of Bourbon, Réunion Island was claimed by France in 1643 when twelve convicts were exiled there. In 1665, settlers were sent to the island by the French East Indian Company to begin actual colonization. Réunion Island became an overseas department and region of France in 1946.[1]

Record collection Years covered Record type Language Who is in the records
French Overseas Civil Registration - images 1704-1907 Civil Registration and Parish Registers French Residents of Reunion
Recensements des colonies françaises at FamilySearch - microfilm 1674-1787 Census French People who lived on Reunion in the 17th and 18th centuries
Registres paroissiaux, 1738-1830 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1738-1830 Baptisms, marriages, and burials French Catholic residents of Saint-Benoit, La Plaine-des-Palmistes, Sainte-Rose, or Bras-Panon in Reunion.
Registres de l'état civil, 1794-1870 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1794-1870 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Saint-Benoit, Bras-Panon, or La Plaine-des-Palmistes in Reunion
Registres paroissiaux, 1728-1830 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1728-1830 Baptisms, marriages, and burials French Catholic residents of Saint-Louis, Les Avirons, Cilaos, or L'Etang-Sale in Reunion
Registres de l'état civil, 1794-1870 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1794-1870 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Saint-Louis, L'Etang-Sale, Les Avirons, or Cilaos in Reunion
Registres de l'état civil, 1867-1870 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1867-1870 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Cilaos, Reunion
Registres paroissiaux, 1728-1830 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1728-1830 Baptisms, marriages, and burials French Catholic residents of Saint-Pierre, Entre-Deux, Le Tampon, Petite-Ile, Saint-Joseph, or Saint-Philippe in Reunion
Registres de l'état civil, 1796-1870 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1796-1870 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Saint-Pierre, Entre-Deux, Le Tampon, or Petite-Ile in Reunion
Registres de l'état civil, 1840-1870 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1840-1870 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Entre-Deux, Reunion
Registres de l'état civil, 1859-1870 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1859-1870 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of La Plaine-des-Palmistes, Reunion
Registres paroissiaux, 1704-1830 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1704-1830 Baptisms, marriages, and burials French Catholic residents of Saint-Paul, La Possession, Saint-Leu, Les Trois-Bassins, or Le Port in Reunion
Registres de l'état civil, 1798-1879 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1798-1879 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Saint-Paul or La Possession in Reunion
Registres de l'état civil, 1835-1870 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1835-1870 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of La Possession or Le Port in Reunion
Registres de l'état civil, 1792-1870 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1792-1870 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Saint-Leu or Les Trois-Bassins in Reunion
Registres paroissiaux, 1704-1830 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1704-1830 Baptisms, marriages, and burials French Catholic residents of Sainte-Suzanne, Saint-Andre, or Saint-Benoit in Reunion
Registres paroissiaux, 1742-1830 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1742-1830 Baptisms, marriages, and burials French Catholic residents of Saint-Andre or Salazie in Reunion
Registres de l'état civil, 1795-1870 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1795-1870 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Saint-Andre or Salazie in Reunion
Registres paroissiaux, 1704-1830 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1704-1830 Baptisms, marriages, and burials French Catholic residents of Saint-Denis or Sainte-Marie in Reunion
Registres de l'état civil, 1791-1870 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1791-1870 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Saint-Denis, Reunion
Registres paroissiaux, 1741-1830 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1741-1830 Baptisms, marriages, and burials French Catholic residents of Sainte-Marie, Reunion
Registres de l'état civil, 1794-1879 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1794-1879 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Sainte-Marie, Reunion
Registres de l'état civil, 1790-1879 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1790-1879 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Sainte-Rose, Reunion
Registres de l'état civil, 1796-1879 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1796-1879 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Sainte-Suzanne, Reunion
Registres de l'état civil, 1790-1871 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1790-1871 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Saint-Joseph or Saint-Philippe in Reunion
Registres de l'état civil, 1831-1870 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1831-1870 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Saint-Philippe, Reunion
Registres de l'état civil, 1837-1879 at FamilySearch - microfilm 1837-1879 Births, marriages, and deaths French Residents of Salazie, Reunion

British Colonization (1810-1815)[edit | edit source]

During the Napoleonic War of 1810, France lost control of Réunion to the British. In 1815, under the Treaty of Paris, the island was returned to the French. [2]

Record collection Years covered Record type Language Who is in the records
Consulate registers, 1864-1921 at FamilySearch - index and images 1864-1921 Marriages English British residents of Saint-Denis, Reunion

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Réunion," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9union#History, accessed 7 August 1029.
  2. réunionisland contributors, "A troubled history of Paradise - Réunion Island," http://www.réunionisland.fr/history.html, accessed 7 Aug 2019.