The Departmental Archives of Ain in France (FR: Archives départementales de l’Ain) is the official archive for Ain. France divides the country into numbered administrative regions, called departments. This is the French administrative region, Department 1, named after the Ain River. This site is free to search.

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Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

Residence Records

  • Census records, starting in 1836, censuses were taken every 5 years, except during war, they include names and surnames of each household member, age, place in household, profession, religion, and more; years online include 1836, 1841, 1846, 1851, 1856, 1861, 1866, 1872, 1876, 1881, 1891, 1896, 1901, 1906, 1911, 1921, 1926, 1931, 1936
  • Notary records, Land Sales, marriage contracts, wills, etc, 1800s-1900s
  • Cadastral maps & plans (search by town, Napoleonic Plan, Cantonal Atlas), 1800s-1900s

Daily Life Records


  • Military registers, 1800-1940 “The registration registers of Ain are divided into two collections: the borough of Bourg-en-Bresse and the district of Belley, according to a military administrative division, which is not that of civilians. Thus, communes called “Bressanes” or “Dombistes”, bordering the river Ain are attached militarily to Belley.”

The Departmental Archives of Ain is part of the Rhône-Alps Region of France.
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[su_heading size=”18″]Towns of Ain – these link to records by town[/su_heading]


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