The Departmental Archives of Bouche-du-Rhône (FR: Archives départementales des Bouche-du-Rhône) is the official archive for Department 13 in France.

France divides the country into numbered administrative regions, called departments. Department 13 is named after the Rhône River. This site is free to search.

[su_heading size=”18″]Online Digital Collections[/su_heading]
Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

  • Church and Civil records, 1501-1904, range varies by commune, coverage may be greater or less, includes baptism, marriage, burial, birth, death and divorce, decennial tables, transcripts; does not currently include civil marriages  SEARCH HERE
    • See as well (per Archive):

Civil status arrondissement of Marseille, 1903-1936, 1942 (file .doc332 Kb)

Civil status arrondissement of Aix, 1903-1957 (file .doc744 Kb)

Civil status, arrondissement of Arles, 1903-1938 (file .doc480 Kb)

Table of creations and mergers of the communes of the BDR (file .doc59 Kb)

Do genealogical research

Civil status

Republican Calendar (.doc16 Kb file)

Parish and civil registry of Aix-en-Provence

Parish and civil registers of Arles

Parish and civil registers of Alpes-Maritimes

Parish and civil registers of the Alpes de Haute-Provence

Parish and civil registers of the Hautes-Alpes

Parish and civil registers of the Var

Parish and civil registry of the Vaucluse

Registers of the Algerian civil status of the Center of the Archives of Overseas

Residence Records

  • The Cadastre Search or read about the offerings
    • Cadastral plans, 1809-1838, years online/coverage varies by town (commune) “Approximately 2300 plans (assembly tables and section sheets) are available online, ie all the plans drawn up between 1809 and 1838 in the Bouches-du-Rhône, in accordance with the law of September 15, 1807.”
    • Section States, “All registers of section states drawn up between 1813 and 1838 are accessible online ; In addition, there are section states between 1880 and 1951 for the 8 localities that have become, in the meantime, full-function municipalities: La Bouilladisse, Cadolive, Sausset-les-Pins, Plan d’Orgon, Saint-Laurent Martin-de-Crau, Saint-Etienne-du-Grès, Plan-de-Cuques and Coudoux.”
    • The Balances, “Are available online all the scales, concordance tables that were drawn during the creation of new cadastral matrices of properties built in 1882.”
    • The Indicative Tables by Street/Street Indicative Tables, “Only registers which fulfill the same function as section states and which present a classification of parcels by street are available online for the city of Marseille. Called street indicative tables, dating from 1827, they concern exclusively the old sections A, B, C, D, E, J, K, L, M, R, S, T, U, V, and X.”
    • Directories
      • Alphabetical Tables of Owners, “are accessible online the first alphabetical tables of owners of built and undeveloped properties, which were prepared from 1818 and updated until 1914 in all municipalities of the department; these directories give the reference of the folio (or page number) where the information concerning a taxpayer appears, in the first series of cadastral matrices (common registers for built and undeveloped properties)”
      • Alphabetical Tables of Built Properties, “alphabetical tables of built properties , prepared jointly with the new cadastral matrices built properties created from 1882 and then recast in 1910”
      • Alphabetical Tables of Undeveloped Properties, “alphabetical tables of undeveloped properties , prepared in conjunction with the new cadastral matrices of undeveloped properties created from 1914 onwards”
  • Census Records (Recensements) for Marseille, Aix, Arles, or Other Towns, with special instructions for certain towns
    • Nominative Lists, “For each locality, these lists give, locality after locality or street after street, basic information on each registered individual, the number and nature of which may vary from one census to another: these are the most often the surname, first name, year and place of birth, nationality, family relationship with the head of the family, and the occupation of the respondent; are added for the 1851 census only, indications of religion, illness, or infirmity”
    • Summary Tables, “They present general information on the census operation (recall of certain articles of the law, indication of the geographical or administrative jurisdiction identified, and presentation of statistical data calculated on the basis of lists of names).”
  • Prison Directories, 1798-1910, “all prisons in the Bouches-du-Rhone. 292 ratings are involved for approximately 11,000 images (mostly in single-page mode).” Instructions for understanding the layout of the database and the search results presented.
  • Mortgage Tables and Directories, years vary by town (commune), 1899-1955, “To access an act it is necessary to know, the name, the first name (s) of the owner (if possible his date of birth) and to consult successively three types of distinct registers:

Daily Life Records


The Departmental Archives of Bouche-du-Rhône is part of the Provence-Alpes-Côtes-D’Azur Region of France.[su_heading size=”18″]Departments in the Provence-Alpes-Côtes-D’Azur Region[/su_heading]

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Monday-Friday: 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm (except July, August and legal holidays)[/su_service]


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