Good news for French research: 1931-1948 naturalization decrees online #france #announcements #records
Miriam Bulwar David-Hay
In a remarkable coincidence, I happened to look at the French National Archives website today in the hope of finding something that would help me further my family research, only to see this wonderful headline, dated August 31, 2020:
The National Archives have put the naturalization decrees for the years 1931-1948 online.
This means that all the decrees from 1883-1948 are now online. The website is quite easy to navigate, but if you don't know the date or decree number it is still quite a job to scroll through hundreds if not thousands of documents to find the document you want. I have no further knowledge of this subject and refer anyone interested to Bernard Flam's excellent instructions on researching individuals in France, posted in the JewishGen discussion group in July (use the message search function to find it).
Personally I am simply thrilled by this news, because I should now be able to find a naturalization record that I have long wanted, that of a great-uncle of mine who moved to France from Poland in the early 1930s and was naturalized around 1947.
Link to the 1883-1948 decrees:
Happy searching everyone!
All the best,
Miriam BULWAR DAVID-HAY,