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How to use the Paris Census record -- a guideline #france #guidelines


David Choukroun
 

how to use Paris Census records
 
Example : Rue LeMarois
 
Name : Rabinovitch
 
Years : 1931 / 1936
 
1st Step : Google map is always helpful (and Paris is beautiful :))

and find your street by name
you will find


2 important information there (highlighted in Red)  : the Arrondissement : XVI = 16iem
, and the Quartier : Auteuil (you may have several entries there because of changes in time)


3rd Step : go to Archive the Paris Web site : http://archives.paris.fr/s/11/denombrements-de-population/?
and fill the form with previous information



then you shall have access to registers (some are  missing)



 
4th Step : DO NOT parse the complete records (500 x 8  images in average) unless you have time :)
the right method here is to understand quickly how the street names are sorted : most of the time by Alphabetical order but which one ? :)
example : Rue Lincoln, Paris 8iem :  it can be Abraham Lincoln ? or Lincoln ?  So A or L ? 
not to mention the tricks about the Passage, Impasse, Places ... that are recorded sometimes at the end of registers

As soon as you understand the structure of the file, it is much more easier to find your street
In my case, this is Rue LE MAROIS = L ==> 3rd line of the previous list
 
then you can follow the street number of the street (do not mix with the number of Family associated)
Rabinovitch can be found easily here :  (in my example : Rue LeMarois 35 and 37 on the top left, Family number is 38)

Trick: odd and even numbers of the streets might have been recorded separately !!!

 
 
 
What can you learn :
names of the full family
but also
the year of birth 78 = 1878, 12 =1912 , 05 = 1905, etc... in my case
country of origin : here Poland and Lettonie and Russie (the letter O, or N can indicate if there was a naturalisation )
Ch = Chef de famille = the husband
F = Femme = the wife
Enf = Enfant = Child
the Activity : e.g. here Steno  = Stenographe, and the last number is a reference to the employer
 
This is far far from complete -- I did it in a hurry -- I will complete most probably with Bernard Flam and others later

Hope that helps,

Best regards
David
 
david.choukroun@...
France


LarryBassist@...
 

Forgive my ignorance, have these census records been indexed? i.e. if I only know a name and not an address is it possible to find them?
Thanks,
Larry Bassist
Springville, Utah, USA


Richard Cooper
 

Many thanks for this very interesting information!
Any ideas how to access much earlier Paris censuses? I'm looking for 1876 and 1882,
 
Ric Cooper (NB: Not related to any COOPERs!)
Midhurst, UK

BORENSTEIN, MATELEVITCH,GODZINSKIJ & ZIMNOWICZ and from Warsaw and Radun 
MILLET, ENGELBERG, BLUMENKEHL, SUSSWEIN, WACKS & PITERZIL from Tarnow, Dabrowa Tarnowska and Lezajsk
LEZTER, SALENDER, RINENBERG, EISEN & KRAETTER from Rzeszow and Kolbuszowa
YAROSHEVSKY, SHAPOCHNIKOW & GRANITUR from Odessa and Zlatopol/Novomirgorod
LEWINSTEIN from Berdichev
ADLER, FINKELSTEIN, PARYLLE, WEINTRAUB & ZILZ from Tarnopol and Trembowla
 


David Choukroun
 

@  LarryBassist

unfortunately with the name only, it will be impossible (to my knowledge) to find the exact reference into those files
But they are other means: 
If you have the name, you can look into other databases (like the "Voter list" : http://archives.paris.fr/s/28/fichiers-des-electeurs/?) : one address will be written here
you can also search for references in the Press -- most of the time there is also an address indication (gallica.fr or retronews.fr)

Regards
David

david.choukroun@...
France


David Choukroun
 

@ Richard Cooper

Dear Ric

You can find into those files :
  • Census for 1926, 1931, 1936 et 1946 (the last one is not online)  - I am not aware of previous censuses (names per names , street by street recorded into files)
  • addition for some children (assisted)  (1742–1924)
  • some military records (Seine department only) (1872-1940) 
If you are looking at Birth / Marriage/ Death acts, this is another story (independent from the Census files)
your period 1876 and 1882 shall be covered on line : http://archives.paris.fr/r/127/presentation-des-archives-numerisees/
 
Regards
David

david.choukroun@...
France