Source Information

Ancestry.com. Upper Brittany, France Deaths & Burials, 1540-1971 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.
Original data: association ABGH Parchemin. Base de données indexée à partir de registres de décès et de sépultures. Rennes, France: ABGH Parchemin.

About Upper Brittany, France Deaths & Burials, 1540-1971

This database contains death and burial data indexed from original parish and civil vital records by members of ABGH Parchemin, a genealogical association in France. Records approximately cover the years 1540-1907 for Upper Brittany, France.

The database represents records that have been indexed by the association for the departments of Ille-et-Vilaine, Côtes-d'Armor, and other departments. There are nearly 800,000 death and burial records represented in this database. While this is a significant amount of records, it does not necessarily cover all death records in existence for this time and place.

Information listed in this database includes:

  • Name of deceased

  • Death or burial date

  • Death or burial place (parish, city, department)

  • Name(s) of compiler(s) who indexed the data

The database also includes the full text for each indexed record, which may provide additional information such as age at time of death, occupation, name of spouse, names of parents and names of witnesses.

Historical Background:

Government civil registration was instituted in France in 1792. Both Catholic and Protestant church records began being kept in the mid-1500s. Church records, therefore, are especially important for genealogical research before 1792.

Where to go from here:

Use the information found in this database to obtain a copy of an original death or burial record. Original records include death certificates, and death and burial registers (both civil and ecclesiastical).

For years where both church and civil records are available, you will likely want to obtain copies of both record types, as the information provided in each may be different. Death and burial records may include details about the spouse of the deceased, parents of the deceased, occupation, birth information, ages, and even witnesses’ names. The difference in the information provided will vary according to whether the record is civil or ecclesiastical, as well as the time period in which the record was created.