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From: Mona Andrée Rainville <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] INSEE codes and standardized locations was Which"dit noms" for LACOUTURE?
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2009 09:55:51 -0500
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Dear Angela,

The acronym INSEE stands for Institut national de la statistique et des
études économique. This is in France only, and INSEE identification
numbers are therefore only unsed in France.

Surprisingly enough, yes, they have a website in English is you want to
know more about it:

I see nothing wrong with the method you are presently using. Adding the
INSEE number to the name of the town, for French locations, simply adds
a level of certainty - providing you have the right location to begin with.

There are many methods for identifying a location, and all of them have
their pro and cons.

I use a double identification system which gives me the location as it
was known at the time of the document or event I am recording, and the
current name of this location. This, I find, facilitates my research.
But there are many many other methods out there.

The main objective, of course, is to be able to correctly identify the



Angela Gabbard wrote:
> Mona et al,
> I have been trying to clean up and standardize my location lists. Is there a
> site where I could get provide the location and get the corresponding INSEE
> numbers (preferably in English)?
> I am woefully ignorant about locations worldwide. In the US I record the
> town/city, county, state, country.
> In France is the correct genealogical format for locations town/city,
> department, country and in Canada is it town/city, province, country? Do
> most also include the parish??
> Any guidance would be truly appreciated.
> Ange
> -----Original Message-----
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> Rainville
> Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 11:07 PM
> To: Frank
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> Subject: Re: [Q-R] Which "dit noms" for LACOUTURE?
> ...
> For those not familiar with research in France, those series of number
> probably look strange. They are not lottery number, I assure you! They
> are INSEE numbers. In France, each locality is indexed and given a
> number according to the "département" it is found in. The first two
> numbers shows in what departement it is located, for instance:
> 27 is the Département de l'Eure,
> 62 is in Pas-de-Calais, and
> 85 is in Vendée.
> All very handy to sort things out, specially for genealogists. France
> also uses postal codes which look like the INSEE codes but contain fewer
> numbers. Several close by villages may all have the same postal code,
> in France, but each has a separate and unique INSEE number.
> It would be interesting to correlate the region these La Couture
> soldiers came from to see if it matches these La Couture localities.
> Cheers,
> Mona
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