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Administrative Paperwork

Have been Spending some time looking for information in the Salornay sur Guye Town Hall (Mairie). Salornay is one of the approximately 36,800 communes in France. The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the France. It is interesting that French communes still largely reflect the division of France into villages or parishes at the time of the French Revolution more than two centuries ago. The median size of a commune (the size where half the communes are bigger and half smaller) is only 380.

The communes prepare a “Table Decennale” which is a record of the births, marriages and deaths, each recorded in alphabetical order, for a ten year period. These appear to be a summary of the marriages, birth and death records records of the commune.

The earliest in the group inspected was for the period 1823 to 1833.

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Obviously all created by hand in very controlled copperplate – imagine the effort and input of 36 000 people sitting, sorting and transcribing some 20 pages of 25 entries.

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The 1923 to 1932 document was the first completed with a typewriter.

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