Database of the earliest burials in Père-Lachaise

For historians and genealogists Marie Beleyme has posted a user-friendly database more than 3,000 of the earliest burials in Père-Lachaise on her website: http://perelachaisehistoire.fr/releve-des-inhumations-au-pere-lachaise-1804-1815/.

Drawing on her exhaustive study of the daily registers of burials in the cemetery (now accessible on the city archives webpage (http://archives.paris.fr/r/216/cimetieres/) she provides a much easier and quicker way of accessing the same critical information: you can arrange her database by order of burials, name, or date of inhumation (typically one-three days after death). You can also use the search box to track down specific individuals.

Bellini in Père-Lachaise

Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835). D11 just off of Chemin Méhul, near Bosquet Delille. Italian music composer. In 1876 his remains were returned to his birthplace, Catania, Sicily.
Portrait medallion of Vincenzo by Charles Marochetti. Originally there was a female angel sitting with arms crossed on the slab portion of the tomb in front of the upright stone which holds the medallion.
Architect: G. A. Blouet.

from Marty and Lasalle 1844

from Marty and Lasalle 1844

From Normand 1863

From Normand 1863

c. 1900

c. 1900

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2006 photo by Steve Soper

Database of Paris cemeteries

At long last the city of Paris archives has begun the process of providing online access to their central cemetery database. BUT, and there are in fact several BUTs, you must pay close attention to the multi-step process to find a particular individual.

First, the database covers just 19 cemeteries managed by the city of Paris and the period 1804-1918. Registers for the years 1919-1968 are available only in the reading room of the city archives.

Second, you must know the name of the deceased, the date (or at least a date range) of death, and the cemetery in which he or she is buried.

Finally, you’re going to need patience, perseverance and your own intuition to finish your search.

HOW IT WORKS

First follow this link: http://archives.paris.fr/r/216/cimetieres/ Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Répertoires link. Enter the name of the cemetery, deceased (surname is fine), and death date range. Click the eye symbol to load the relevant pages and then scroll through to find the person’s name. Now, note the date of inhumation.

Now return to the main cemetery page and scroll down to the Registres link. When prompted enter the name cemetery and date of inhumation. For example, 12 August 1830 would be entered as 12/8/1830. Again, open the group of pages provided and scroll through them until you find the date of inhumation and then look for the deceased’s name. Along with the name should the person’s age, the arrondissement they died in and the location of the grave.

If you are unfamiliar with French by all means use your translate feature in your browser. (I use Google as needed and it works just fine.)

WARNING!

This process is neither quick nor easy to use but for historians and genealogists it is a huge leap forward in accessing critical information. For relatives of loved ones buried in Paris, I would still suggest contacting the relevant cemetery directly for details.

1804-1815 PÈRE-LACHAISE DATABASE BY MARIE BELEYME

Marie Beleyme has posted a user-friendly database more than 3,000 of the earliest burials in Père-Lachaise online: http://perelachaisehistoire.fr/releve-des-inhumations-au-pere-lachaise-1804-1815/.

Drawing on her exhaustive study of the daily registres in the cemetery (part of step two above) she provides a quicker and easier way of accessing critical information for those earliest burials in Père-Lachaise: you can arrange her database by order of burials, name, or date of inhumation (typically one-three days after death). You can also use the search box to track down specific individuals.

Chaudet in Montparnasse

Sculptor Antoine Denis Chaudet (1763-1810) and his wife, painter Jeanne Elisabeth Gabion madame Chaudet (1767-1832). Both buried in D4 Montparnasse Grande.

The following print of Antoine Chaudet’s grave is from Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé; plate 40 and his wife’s grave is from plate 5. The photo of Antoine’s grave is from 2006.

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photo © Steve Soper

photo © Steve Soper

Thierry and Boichard in Montparnasse

H. Thierry (d. 1828) and A. Boichard (d. 1832); D2 Montparnasse Grande. Two carved portrait medallions, one of each man. Curiously Normand shows 11 May 1832 as the the death date for Thierry but visual examination shows 11 May 1828 and 18 July 1832 for Boichard. Normand does not mention Boichard. Sculptor: Hogler (Boichard) and unknown (Thierry).

The following print is from Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé; plate 24; the photos were taken in 2006.

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photo © Steve Soper

photo © Steve Soper

photo © Steve Soper

photo © Steve Soper

Lenoir in Montparnasse

Marin Alexandre Lenoir (1762-1839), founder of the Musée des monumens Française. A singularly unique individual he rescued a great many monuments during the upheavals of the French Revolution of 1789. Stop by and pay your respects.

The following prints are from Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé; plate 24; and Perrott 1855-65; the photo is from 2006, followed by a photo from 2006.

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photo © Steve Soper 2006

photo © Steve Soper 2006

Ridele in Montparnasse

Baron André de Ridele (1748-1837) in D8 Montparnasse Grande.

The following two prints are from (1) Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé; plate 59, and (2) Revue generale de l’architecture et des Travaux publics, VOL. 7 1847 p, 197 plate 8.

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France,  2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé; plate 59

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé; plate 59

Revue generale de l’architecture et des Travaux publics, VOL. 7 1847 P, 197 plate 8

Revue generale de l’architecture et des Travaux publics, VOL. 7 1847 P, 197 plate 8

Dumont D'Urville in Montparnasse

Jules-Sébastien-César Dumont d'Urville. (1790-1842), French admiral and explorer, his wife Adéle-Dorothée Dumont d’Urville (1799-1842), and two children: Adolphe-Eugène-Jules (d. 1832 age 21 months) and Jules-Eugéne-Hector (1826-1842). Division 15.

Description: Bust and various reliefs (1844) covering the entire base of the obelisk, highlighting d’Urville’s various voyages and discoveries, particularly his part in acquiring the now-famous statue referred to as Venus de Milo.

Sculptor: Antoine-Laurent Dantan.

The three prints below are from Revue generale de l’architecture et des Travaux publies, VOL. 8 1849, followed by a photo taken in 2007.

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photo taken 2007

photo taken 2007

Need grave locations in Père-Lachaise

The following prints are from Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé.

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France,  2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France,  2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 14

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 14

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France,  2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 14

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 14

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand Paris: A. Morel Publisher plate 66

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand Paris: A. Morel Publisher plate 66

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France,  2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 17

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 17

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France,  2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 34

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 34

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France,  2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 49

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 49

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France,  2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 16

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 16

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France,  2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 19

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 19

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France,  2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 19

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 19

Elizabeth Tooke (1771-1834)  Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France,  2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 19

Elizabeth Tooke (1771-1834) Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 19

“Unknown”  Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France,  2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 19

“Unknown” Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé plate 19