launches English language site and facilitates access to 1.5 billion names from French Records

The following announcement was written by Filae:

Filae’s French collection opens the door for non-French-speaking people to discover their family stories online; 40 million people in the world (excluding France) claim French descent.

Paris, France – September, 18, 2019 –, the world’s largest online resource for accessing French official records, today announced the launch of its first foreign language international sister-site:

With more than 40 million people in the world claiming French heritage, the launch of an English language version of gives all of them an unprecedented and exclusive access to more than 150 million images of French Census and Vital records (birth, marriage, death) which have been indexed by As Elvis Presley, Alec Baldwin, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Kurt Cobain, Warren Buffett, Hillary Clinton and many other celebrities, 4% of the US population, 17% of Argentinians and 14% of Canadians have French roots!

« The launch of is just the beginning of a more global strategy whose aim is to facilitate access to the largest resource of French records and to help people with French descent tracing back their ancestry whatever their language is and wherever they live! We are thrilled to share information we digitized and indexed with family history fans all over the world.» said Toussaint Roze, CEO and founder of

Starting as early as 1500, Filae’s French historical collection features records such as Parish registers, Civil records, Census and vital records, Passenger lists, Military records (Napoleonic wars, WWI, WWII), Indexes provided by French societies, Directories and many other historical records (French revolution, etc) also provides its users with easy-to-use tools to build their own trees or import their gedcom files, upload photos and documents and share them with other members.


Launched in December 2016, is the first and largest resource for French digitized and indexed records online.

The service was created by Toussaint Roze, a French serial- entrepreneur dedicated to genealogy who previously created successful online services like, and gedlink. hosts and indexes more than 150 million digitisations of French original records for the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries.

NOTE: is in French while is in English.

One Comment

Apparently, to see anything one has to become a “Premium Member.” Otherwise there is a padlock symbol on whatever turns up on a name search. I haven’t gotten as far as looking at the page to apply for “Premium Membership,” so I don’t know how much this is going to cost.
Depending on where one’s French (or French-German) ancestors came from, there is at least one French site with free civil documents from Bas-Rhin (Alsace). I was aware of the site, but the only way to see it in English is to open it in Chrome where it can auto-translate. A couple of months ago I got a DNA match with someone whose female ancestor was a sibling of my gr-gr-grandfather who did, in fact, come from Alsace in 1851 (I have copies of his American immigration and naturalization documents from NY state, church records for him, his wife who arrived in the US when she was one year old (ship’s passenger list) and her family going back a couple of generations, as two baptism records for some of their children from the American church; they were also from Alsace). I just didn’t know which canton they were from. I now have a copy of the French civil record of my immigrant ancestor’s birth and the names of his parents – not as easy to read as Scandinavian documents, but the index gives the full name and date of birth, after which one can go to the year and find the birth records, etc. Since the information is in French, and the year, names and ages of parents, etc. are written in cursive, no numerals except for info in the left margin, one needs to know French or get assistance from someone who knows French or perhaps Google auto-translate can help (then just hope the penmanship is legible!).
This is the link that has the records (open in Chrome for the auto-English translation):
In English, this site is The French Genealogy Blog; this link is to the overview for the 1836 French census. The left column of the page is for the cantons within Alsace (roughly alphabetical order). Links get one to the above link where the BMD records are found.
Good luck in your searches!


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