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  • Welcome to French genealogy and history at GoAncestry! We are striving to focus upon emigration from primarily European countries and subsequent immigration to North American regions.  Many of our users are looking back towards their ancestors, but we also wish to help those in the homelands find the paths their descendants took after they departed. We are willing to assist our homeland researchers in any way that we can.  Our forums allow for interaction, and we can provide at least the basic translation service to help in our collaborations.  If you are looking for your ancestors or descendants, please join us, we will work together if that will help.

    Bienvenue à la généalogie et à l'histoire de GoAncestry! Nous nous efforçons de nous concentrer sur l'émigration de pays principalement européens et l'immigration subséquente vers les régions nord-américaines. Beaucoup de nos utilisateurs regardent en arrière vers leurs ancêtres, mais nous voulons également aider ceux dans les patries à trouver les chemins que leurs descendants ont pris après leur départ. Nous sommes prêts à aider nos chercheurs de la patrie de toutes les façons possibles. Nos forums permettent l'interaction, et nous pouvons fournir au moins le service de traduction de base pour aider dans nos collaborations. Si vous recherchez vos ancêtres ou descendants, joignez-vous à nous, nous travaillerons ensemble si cela vous aidera.


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The table below lists the Constituent Departments and their respective Prefecture. This is a good starting place when preparing for research about ancestors. Though maps change over time and rulers as well, records of specific localities may still be found in the current Department archives. Sometimes there are even challenges finding the right alignment of a record to the archive based upon the date the historical record was created. Please refer to the sitewide collaboration link above to share information or ask questions.

Flag Department Prefecture Notes
Ain Bourg-en-Bresse 
Aisne Laon   
Allier Moulins   
Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Digne-les-Bains   
Hautes-Alpes Gap 
Alpes-Maritimes Nice   
Ardèche Privas   
Ardennes Charleville-Mézières   
Ariège Foix 
Aube Troyes   
Aude Carcassonne   
Aveyron Rodez   


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