TYPES OF CIVIL RECORDS
BIRTH CIVIL REGISTRATION RECORDS
Birth records can be completely handwritten records, or on forms filled out with handwritten or typed text depending on the time period when they were created. Before the invention of photocopies, when people requested a copy of a birth record, the civil registration officials could provide a literal and complete transcription of the record or an extract of the same as a certificate of the record. The French terms used to refer to these are usually: acte, déclaration, certificat, and extrait de naissance.
Each original civil birth entry may contain the following information:
- given names and surname(s) of the newborn
- the hour, day, month, and year of birth
- the town (distinguishable from the municipality or judicial district of the birth)
- the street address of the house, or the hospital, in which the birth took place
- declarant's marital status, age and/or place of birth and/or residence, and relationship to the new born child
- given names and surnames, birthplaces, age, domicile, professions, race and marital status of the parents, including their places of birth, marital status, professions, and in some cases, dates of birth
- given names and surnames, birthplaces, professions, race and marital status of the maternal and paternal grandparents, and/or if they have died.
- names of the witnesses who were present for the act of recording the birth
SAMPLE BIRTH RECORD
Du dix-sept Novembre mil huit cent
Sur la déclaration et la représentation
Constaté par nous Auguste
Le déclarant et les témoins ont
On 17 November, eighteen hundred
sixty five, at nine in the morning.
Act of birth of Marguerite-
Léonie-Aline Liotet, born yesterday, at six
minus fifteen minutes at night, daughter
of Mr. Theodore Liotet, battalion chief
in retirement, officer of the Legion of Honor,
Knight of the Order of Saint Maurice and
Lazarus of Sardinia, born in Brest, on the twentyieth [of]
January, one thousand eight hundred fourteen and of
Lady Aline Marie Foucher, his wife,
born in Avranches, the eleventh [of] June [one] thousand eight
hundred and twenty four, domiciled together
at Avranches, Boulevard of Lu [Luxembourg]
On the Declaration and Representation
of the child to us made by the state Mr.
Liotet, father in the presence of M. M.
Pierre Jean-Jacques Foucher, former
confessed, age of sixty-eight years, maternal
grandparent of the child, and Edward
Gabriel Besnier, collector of customs
in retirement age of seventy years,
both domiciled in Avranches.
We found by Auguste
Henri Gilbert, deputy mayor of the
town Avranches Department of
Manche, making delegated
as an officer of Civil Status.
The declarant and the witnessessigned with us after reading.
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