Alsace-Lorraine Genealogy

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Alsace Topliste:

Historical Maps of the Alsace (l'Atelier de Cartographie du Département d'histoire de l'Université de Haute, Alsace):

Alsace History Timeline:

1836 Census of the Alsace, now available on CDs: Cantons of Bouxwiller, Drulingen, La Petite-Pierre and Sarre-Union; Cantons of Brumath, Schiltigheim and Truchtersheim; District of Wissembourg; City of Strasbourg; Cantons of Bischwiller and Haguenau. Search or browse surnames or villages covered:

Communes of the Bas-Rhin département:
Communes of the Haut-Rhin département:
New home for The Communities of Alsace A-Z:

Alsace GenWeb (in English):

France Apprill & Serge Busiau's AlsaceGénéa: - in French, but buttons for Reverso translations

Le Centre Départemental d'Histoire des Familles (Haut-Rhin):
"Bases de donnees" = data bases > "Notices de familles" > "Acceder a la base"

If you find the ship your immigrants took, and they departed from Le Havre, write to "Archives D'partementales de la Seine Maritime, Cours Clemenceau, 76036 Rouen Cedex, France" to request a copy of the passenger list of that particular ship. Of course, there are no guarantees that the passenger list exists.

French Emigration Indexes:

Travels in Alsace & Lorraine Articles Online:

Hint for using the FHL Catalog when there are LOTS of categories:

When you have exhausted the holdings of the LDS, read Robert Behra's post about Village Records. Another post about Military conscription records, shows you how to find the records, and use them to find a family at a particular time, in a particular place.

Some Late Nineteenth Century Alsatian Folk Dress:

L'Alsace Spécifique (English page):
Wonderful discussion of the geography, history, language and culture of the Alsace, by Eugéne Philipps.

If you think your Alsatians may have come from Switzerland after the 30 Years War, and you have a relatively uncommon surname, check the microfiche Switzerland-Surnames at your local FHC, number 6053507. It will list the cantons where the surname can be found in Swiss records. Thanks to Margaret Miesterfeld on the Alsace-Lorraine list for this tip.

Naming customs in Germany and France:

Lorraine links:

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