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A census is a count and description of a population. Censuses have been taken by the government of ''[[France|France, by individual towns, and by some old provinces. These have been taken primarily for military purposes, taxation, or identification of the poor]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Census''
French national censuses A census is a count and description of a population. Censuses have not been microfilmed and are seldom used for genealogical research. Unlike taken by the censuses government of the United StatesFrance, Canadaby individual towns, or Great Britainand by some old provinces. These have been taken primarily for military purposes, they cannot be easily used to locate families. Because French censuses are not indexedtaxation, it is not easy to find a name in them. Church records and indexed civil registration are better sourcesor identification of the poor.
The first French national census listing names in France was taken in censuses have not been microfilmed and are seldom used for genealogical research. Unlike the year 1772. Most national censuses from 1795 of the United States, Canada, or Great Britain, they cannot be easily used to 1836 show only statistics without personal nameslocate families. From 1836 until 1936Because French censuses are not indexed, it is not easy to find a national census was taken every five years except for 1871 (which was taken name in 1872) them. Church records and 1916 (which was skipped)indexed civil registration are better sources.
Census records less than one hundred years old are confidential and may not be searched by individualsThe first national census listing names in France was taken in the year 1772. Most national censuses from 1795 to 1836 show only statistics without personal names. HoweverFrom 1836 until 1936, some archivists are not strict with this rule and may allow access to a national census records up to the last 30 was taken every five yearsexcept for 1871 (which was taken in 1872) and 1916 (which was skipped).
Some earlier censuses Census records less than one hundred years old are confidential and may have been destroyed because of an 1887 decreenot be searched by individuals. However, but some archivists are not strict with this law was not applied everywhere. Early town rule and provincial censuses usually covered a smaller portion of may allow access to census records up to the local populationlast 30 years.
Census records do not consistently give the same informationSome earlier censuses may have been destroyed because of an 1887 decree, but after 1836 they this law was not applied everywhere. Early town and provincial censuses usually give the surname and given names, age, occupation, head of house, nationality, and sometimes the birthplace. Use the information with caution, however, since the information may have been given to covered a census taker by any member smaller portion of the family or a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsifiedlocal population.
National censuses are Census records do not consistently give the same information, but after 1836 they usually found in give the surname and given names, age, occupation, head of house, nationality, and sometimes the departmental archivesbirthplace. They are not microfilmed by Use the information with caution, however, since the Family History Library. The early local information may have been given to a census records (tax records) taker by any member of the family or a few towns neighbor. Some information may have been published incorrect or microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog in the Place Search under FRANCE, [DEPARTMENT], [TOWN] - CENSUSdeliberately falsified.
For more details about French National censuses see page 81 are usually found in the departmental archives. They are not microfilmed by the Family History Library. The early local census records (tax records) of Guide des recherches sur l'histoire des famillesa few towns have been published or microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog in the Place Search under FRANCE, [DEPARTMENT], [TOWN] - CENSUS.
For more details about French censuses see page 81 of Guide des recherches sur l'histoire des familles.  [[Category:France|Census]]
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