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France and genealogy may seem like a scary subject for English speakers...

But genealogy is all about knowing where to look which is much easier when you are dealing with your home country and your native language.


And knowing where to look in France is much easier if you know how France works.

The French tend to keep very good records of their citizens, so usually the information you are looking for is out there waiting for you...

But you often need to know some history of the area where your ancestors lived too.

And in Alsace it can get complicated...

Alsace officially changed languages quite a few times since 1871 which means the names of places may have changed a little or a lot.

Sometimes villages disappeared because everyone was killed or forced to move.

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I hope you find some useful information here about researching your family's history in France...

But finding records and reading old handwritten documents is a completely different story!

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Researching an ancestor 
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Ida and Eva Franz 
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Looking for my Wermuth relatives.  
My relatives immigrated from there. I have a picture of their family house. Any idea if it is still standing?

Rouleau Family 
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The Kehres family in Alsace 
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Family history in Ribeauville and living relatives. 
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Belgians in Alsace 1884 
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Ancestors who emigrated from Forbach, France to Canada in 1843 
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Gantzer family who owned a winery in the Strasbourg area. 
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Family History 
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Meaning of "par alliance"? 
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Rapps of Boofzheim 
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Anton Spitz born in Elsas as well as his parents 
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Rednig, France 
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How do I search for ancesters? 
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Fleckenstein Family  
was the Fleckenstein castle considered in Germany or France between 1795 and 1860? Is there a Fleckenstein genealogy published showing French origins? …

la famille Foltz 
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Süffert Family Ribeauville 
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genealogy 
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Ancestors 
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What country was Niederbronn located in 1872? 
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Louis Dagobert Scherer 
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Birth record 
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My last name and two brothers who moved to America from Alsace-Lorraine circa 1871 
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When Cristoffel Columbus Rhines & family fled Alsace  
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Durrenbach emigration 
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Birth records for Alsace 
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Ancestors Jean Bossard and wife Margarethe Mullerin von Westhoffen 
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My Great Grandmother 
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Family sur name Gattie 
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Ancestors of Joseph Bingler 
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John Micheal Yoho 
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I want to find the parents of my great grandfather  
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Leifer family help 
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Kieffer family in Alsace  
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Ancestors of Louis Dagobert Scherer b 1852  
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Ancestors in Chatenois and Ban de Sapt 
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Steiss (stice) Family 
CHARLES CARL STEISS MARRIED KATRON (CATY) COLLINS ABOUT 1765. BOTH WAS BORN ABOUT 1745 ALSACE-LORRAINE ,GERMANY. ANY INFORMATION ON KATRON SIDE OF FAMILY …

Family History in the Alsace region 
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The Gebhardts of Strasbourg 
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Tracing the family Ott 
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Strasbourg Ancestor 
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Looking for Info on village/farm of Sulzthal and my 6th Great Grandfather, Johannes Yoho 
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If I have ancestors from my moms dad side that are from Germany (1616-1663) then from (1425-1500) some were from france, what dose that make me? 
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Alsace Family Connection 
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Ancestors from Alsace 
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Starck family of Haguenau & Riedseltz 
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looking for relativrs of Kuhn, or Dossmann 
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Trying to trace my grandmother 's name 
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Henrissat and Dietrich 
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Ramsperger family 
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Search for birth record for my 2nd great grandfather 
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Great grandfather 
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Ancestor 
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Great grandfather genealogy  
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Where to start research, i.e. which country/continent? 
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Guillaume family 
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Family History of the Lehmans 
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Looking for Names on a Plaque Outside the Caholic Church 
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Is There a Town in Alsace That Sounds at All Like the Name Below? 
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Jean Babtiste Koenig born 1866 
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Rei and Rehart Families from Alsace 
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Kopschina in Neunkirchen, Saarland 
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Fleckenstein Family in Alsace Lorraine 
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Alsace Genealogy 
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Relationship of three LUDWIG families 
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The Peter family of Storckensohn, Haut Rhin, Alsace 
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Looking for Roth and Folzenlogel relatives from Alsace 
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Birth and Death Record for Reverend Godfrey Rapp or Raub 
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Bomber Crash Sites of WWII in Alsace 
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The Honnert and Oliger families. 
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Family name WERCKLE 
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The Klein Families of Alsace 
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Will I be able to find ancestor records in Alsace? 
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Ebel Family Tree Research 
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My ancestry family who migrated from France to Canada with their forestry business 
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How common is my Family name? 
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Genealogy Question about the Leonhardt family name in Alsace 
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My Alsatian Genealogy 
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Locating Genealogical Records for Villages That No Longer Exist in France 
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Alsace Family History 
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Mougliere Brothers from Alsace France 
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Family in and around Village of Balbronn 
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German ancestry for Jacob Hamm 
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Niederbronn les Bains and Historic Background 
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Looking for the village of Alcon in Alsace in 1861 
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Family History 
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My Trip to Scherwiller Looking for Family Ancestors 
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Johan Jacob Hipqe (or Hipke) 
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A Town Called Orcas in Alsace 
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Schlettstadt? 
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My Alsatian Grandfather 
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Searching the Rohr's and Moehrlin's in Strasbourg and Sarrebourg  Not rated yet
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Great-great-great grandfather's birth record Not rated yet
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The earliest types of records that can be obtained about my family. Not rated yet
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Researshing the Conrad Family of Alsace, France - East Prussia? Theophile Conrad, Father Chrisitain "Martin" Conrad, Mother Carolyn Schwing Not rated yet
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Emigration from Durrenbach 1872 / 1873 Not rated yet
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geneology Not rated yet
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Marlenheim Cemetery Not rated yet
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Information on Charles Holcroft family, Niederbronn-les Bains, Streuber, Finkler Not rated yet
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Alsatian Village My Family Came from Not rated yet
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Castle by the Rhine, Alsace in 1600s 1700s Not rated yet
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Place Name where my 4th Great Grandmother originated Not rated yet
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Finding my Alsatian Ancestors Not rated yet
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Family search in Alsace Not rated yet
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Martzloff Family Tree Not rated yet
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Ancestors in Postroff and Hirschland Not rated yet
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Munsch  Not rated yet
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My Alsatian Heritage... Not rated yet
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John Jeffress 1762 - 1867 born in France died in London aged 105 Not rated yet
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Trying to Trace a Great Great Grandfather in Alsace Not rated yet
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Genealogy of Alexander and Theresa Briard Not rated yet
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Sisters with a Vineyard in 1890s Alsace  Not rated yet
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Peter Naffziger of Lembach, France Not rated yet
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My family roots in Alsace : Solomon Runk Not rated yet
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Looking for Info about my Alsatian Ancestors Not rated yet
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Appearance of people of Alsace in 1600's and 1700's Not rated yet
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