Source Information

Ancestry.com. Upper Brittany, France Marriages, 1536-1907 [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 mariage. Rennes, France: ABGH Parchemin.

About Upper Brittany, France Marriages, 1536-1907

This database contains marriage data indexed from original parish and civil vital records by members of ABGH Parchemin, a genealogical association in France. Records approximately cover the years 1536-1907 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 over 1.6 million marriage records represented in this database. While this is a significant amount of records, it does not necessarily cover all marriage records in existence for this time and place.

Information listed in this database includes:

  • Names of husband and wife

  • Marriage date

  • Marriage place (parish, city, départment)

  • 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 ages of husband and wife, birth dates, birth places, occupations, names of parents, name of former spouse, places of residence, 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.

After 1792 marriages had to be performed civilly before they could be performed in a church. Marriages were usually performed in the town or parish of the bride’s residence.

Where to go from here:

Use the information found in this database to obtain a copy of an original marriage record. Original records include marriage certificates, marriage banns, and marriage 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. Marriage records may list details about the bride and groom such as their residences, occupations, birth information, ages, parents’ names, and even grandparents’ 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.