The Departmental Archives of Var (FR: Archives Départementales du Var) is the official archive for Department 83 in France.
France divides the country into numbered administrative regions, called departments. Department 83 is named after the Var River. This site is free to search.
The Departmental Archives of Var has a nice feature where you can search for genealogical record sets by Town/Commune or Name. See individual collections to be sure you’ve found everything the archive has digitized.
Online Digital Collections
Birth, Marriage, and Death Records
- Church records & Civil records, baptisms, births, weddings, marriages, graves, deaths, divorces, transcripts, tables, publication of weddings, unknown-1914
- Decadal tables, 10-year summaries of births, marriages, and deaths in alphabetical order, 1802-1922
- Control of Acts & Registration, 1693-1960, this includes estate information, death tables, marriage contracts, lease tables, sellers, buyers, etc.
- Cadastral Plans
- Napoleonic plans, 1808-1848
- Renovated Cadastre, 1930-1975
- Census Records (Recensements), 1836-1911, made every five years, censuses may include names, ages, professions, nationalities, places of birth
- Directories of Building Permits, 1944-1981
- Mortgage Tables and Directories, a name index for the Mortgage Transcriptions
- Mortgage Transcriptions, deeds of sale, 1800 or unknown – present date minus 100 years (to comply with law)
Daily Life Records
Church & Religion
- Religious Archives, documents from Catholic churches, 1056-1789
Government & Legal
- Municipal Archives, search digitized records from various towns/communes prior to 1790
- Notaries, up to 16th century, documents witnessed for official/legal purposes
- Digitized Newspapers, search 19th & early 20th-century historical newspapers
- The Republic of Var
- The Sentinel of the Midi
- The Courrier du Var
- The Petit Var
- The Progress of the Var
- The Toulonnais
- Saint-Raphaël newspaper
- Saint Raphael review
Names & Surnames
- A nominative database, search by Last Name, First Name, and/or Town across the vital records, census, and cadastral databases
- Iconography, more than 15,000 digitized photographs & postcards
- Military Recruitment Registers, 1867-1940, See instructions for various years. Are you looking for the military registration for an ancestor? Add 20 years to the year of birth and you will have the appropriate class year.
- Military Recruitment Statements, 1887-1921, includes marital status, physical description, and service records for registered military recruits.
- Memories of Wars, digitized records from World War I and World War II
The Departmental Archives of Var is part of the Provence-Alpes-Côtes-D’Azur Region of France.
- Department 04 – Department Alpes de Haute Provence
- Department 05 – Department Hautes Alpes
- Department 06 – Department Alpes Maritimes
- Department 13 – Department Bouches du Rhône
- Department 83 – Department Var
- Department 84 – Department Vaucluse