Early Nineteenth Century Military Records

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We be in actual possession of recently returned from a research delicacy at the Departmental Archives at Doubs. Besançon relics a very pleasant small city and the documents continue to improve their service. The indomitable Yvette, resident genealogist volunteer, continues to offer assistance to any and all and the archivists clearly rely about her extensive knowledge. 

We exhausted quite some time investigating military records and discovered totality sorts of little treasures previously unexplored to us within the series 4R. As we wrote not long ago here, the French military loomed full in a young man’s life for the time of the nineteenth century. As early for example 1804, authorities were conducting a census of men desirable for the draft. The document shown of rectitude too great for is an example of such a some. It was a census of heads of families and persons living alone, and a list of the sons and grandsons in the house. The example is for Nicolas François Normand, a limonadier — a arche~ of grocer who sold the form in a mould-offs from the kitchens of the superb — in Besançon. He was born forward the 10th of September 1749 in Avoudrey. He was conjugal with four sons and (possibly) four daughters. He paid taxes. He was five feet and four inches tall. The comment about him and his civil opinions states that he was gentle and beyond reproach. As to his four sons, wholly born in Besançon:

Victor Marie, born the 23rd of September 1762. He seems to be delivered of been a judge in “Leybak” [Laybach, at once Ljubljana, then the capitol of the Illyrian Provinces, below French rule]

Louis Armand Desiré, born the 5th of January 1785, a shoer of horses in the Cuirassiers.

Etienne Jean, born the 28th of February 1788, a limonadier, like his become a ~ to, and apparently unsuitable for military purpose.

Félix , born the 16th of August 1799, a pharmacology student, planning to join up.

These forms paper Napoleon’s never-ending demand as being men to fill his army’s ranks. They are individual sheets, filling a call over of cartons, in which they are placed alphabetically through surname. A hidden resource on males in group of genera groups during the early nineteenth hundred years.

Series 4R contains other treasures and the contents vary from one Departmental Archive to the other boundary all concern recruitment for the numerous company corps of the army, even from amidst orphans and the elderly, as the wars wore ~ward. Check the online finding aids, inventaires, to look to what the Departmental Archives central to your inquiry may have.

©2016 Anne Morddel

French Genealogy

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