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FRENCH ANCESTRY

Although the number of Americans tracing their heritage to France is substantial, there has never been a mass migration to the U.S. from France.

As the Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups notes, "French migration to the United States must be seen as a sum of private decisions, made by isolated individuals who voluntarily chose to exclude themselves from the mainstream of French life."

In the 2000 census, 8,309,666 people in the U.S. claimed French ancestry.

ePodunk mapped the top communities by percentage of population. The map and the following list show communities in which 1,000 or more people listed an ancestry group, and in which at least 25 percent of those people said they were of French ancestry.

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Community Place type% French
Bellmont, NYtown41.5
Tupper Lake, NYvillage41.2
Livonia, LAtown41.1
Jean Lafitte, LAtown39.0
Altamont, NYtown38.0
Waverly, NYtown37.4
Berwick, LAtown35.6
Lafitte, LApopulated place35.1
Port Barre, LAtown34.8
Golden Meadow, LAtown33.7
Paradis, LApopulated place33.0
Milan, NHtown32.7
Labadieville, LApopulated place32.7
Chesterfield, NYtown32.0
Coventry, VTtown31.6
Brighton, VTtown31.5
Ellenburg, NYtown30.9
Norco, LApopulated place30.4
Gramercy, LAtown29.8
Constable, NYtown29.5
Black Brook, NYtown29.1
Ashland, MEtown28.8
Grand Isle, LAtown28.8
Gorham, NHtown28.5
Frenchville, MEtown28.2
Keeseville, NYvillage28.2
Barton, VTtown28.2
Dulac, LApopulated place28.0
Caribou, MEcity27.9
Westville, NYtown27.7
Pierre Part, LApopulated place27.7
Lockport, LAtown27.6
Millinocket, MEtown27.5
Chackbay, LApopulated place27.3
Bangor, NYtown27.2
Westwego, LAcity27.1
Moira, NYtown27.0
Addis, LAtown26.9
Arnaudville, LAtown26.9
Northumberland, NHtown26.8
Church Point, LAtown26.7
Stewartstown, NHtown26.7
Eden, VTtown26.7
Bayou Cane, LApopulated place26.7
Broussard, LAtown26.7
Concord, VTtown26.6
Canaan, VTtown26.6
Jay, NYtown26.6
Brusly, LAtown26.5
Woodland, MEtown26.5
Dannemora, NYtown26.4
Sorrento, LAtown26.4
Raceland, LApopulated place26.2
Milford, MEtown26.1
Harahan, LAcity25.8
Galliano, LApopulated place25.7
Krotz Springs, LAtown25.7
Des Allemands, LApopulated place25.6
Benton, MEtown25.6
Brasher, NYtown25.5
Clarksburg, MAtown25.4
Chateaugay, NYtown25.4
Morgan City, LAcity25.4
Wayne, OHtownship25.2
Destrehan, LApopulated place25.1
Diana, NYtown25.1
Madawaska, MEtown25.0

Sources: 2000 Census, U.S. Census Bureau; Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, ed. Stephan Thernstrom; Ancestry: 2000, U.S. Census Bureau (June 2004); ePodunk

Mapping by Daniel Shorter


-- October 2005

Other French Ancestry resources:

· American-French Genealogical Society
· France Events and Time Periods - FamilySearch
· French Collections - Library of Congress
· France databases
· France Genealogy Forum
· Immigration & ship records

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