Genealogical searches in France
Je suis une Parisienne qui apprecie beaucoup lire des nouvelles de Paris, ma question a vous est la suivante. Comment est-ce possible de retrouver un pere avec juste un nom, un homme de 65 ans a 70 ans qui une fois habiter Paris et peut etre meme sois decede. Je suis a la recherche? J´espere qu´il est encore vivant.
Merci pour votre question ! There are obviously lots of ways of conducting genealogical searches on the internet, but concerning France, their are some simple ways to begin your research. Try France Telecom´s directory as a starter. On the web, you can access the Minitel quite easily and search any name and address in a matter of seconds. You can even download the Minitel interface for free.
If you know the city your father was born in, you should write to the office of Etats Civils in the Mairie (city hall) of that city. For Paris, of course, you need to write to the Mairie of the arrondissement he was born in. His records should indicate whether he is still alive, marriage and/or divorce history, and the birth of any children. This should give you some key leads.
While we´re talking about "records", we should point out that the famous "Extrait d´Etat Civil" - a free document valid for three months, obtainable only in the Mairie of the town you were born in, and that residents are obliged to provide all the time as proof of "birth" as of 2001 will no longer be required! Hurrah!