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.

 

Online Digital Collections

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

  • 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 Auvergne Rhône-Alps Region of France.

Departments in the Auvergne Rhône-Alps Region
  • Department 01 – Department Ain
  • Department 03 – Department Allier
  • Department 07 – Department Ardèche
  • Department 15 – Department Cantal
  • Department 26 – Department Drôme
  • Department 43 – Department Haute-Loire
  • Department 74 – Department Haute Savoie
  • Department 38 – Department Isère
  • Department 42 – Department Loire
  • Department 63 – Department Puy-de-Dome
  • Department 69 – Department Rhône
  • Department 73 – Department Savoie

 

Towns of Ain – these link to records by town

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