Search the records
Have you searched the digital genealogical records available free to researchers on French websites?
The records for Calais and St Pierre-lès-Calais plus many more towns and villages in the region are held and conserved by the Pas-de-Calais Département France on its Pas-de-Calais Archives website
Similar records for Lille, Douai and other locations in the adjoining Nord Département are also available on its website
A manual Searching the French Archives online can be downloaded for a step-by-step process to get you to the record you are searching for.
Search the websites in English
The website and records are in French but for researchers unable to read French, some browsers such as Google Chrome for example, have a translation function to convert the French text of the website into English. Just paste the applicable website address noted above into your browser with the translation function.
Unfortunately the records of much of the 19th century period are hand-written and cannot be translated by the browser translation function. However, you can do your own English translation of the records of a birth and death event for an ancestor who lived in the Pas-de-Calais and Nord regions. You can find examples of a Pas-de-Calais birth and death record with an English translation of that record in our Journal Tulle Issue 116 pp31-33 and translate the record yourself.
The wording of the records for the Nord region are similar to those in the Pas-de-Calais region.
If you have any difficulty, please contact us as we are here to help.