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The FGB
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I am a writer and professional genealogist from California living in France.
Interests: French genealogy, American seamen in France during the War of 1812 and the Napoleonic Wars.
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Mixed media collage "Lorraine" Recent trawls have brought us to new discoveries which we pass on to those of you researching ancestors from Alsace or Lorraine. The Education blog on the website of the Departmental Archives of Haut-Rhin is a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
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We have just completed our attendance at the three days of lectures and a hall full of stalls that is France's largest genealogy event, the Congrès national de Généalogie, held in Le Havre. It is held every two years in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
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As we wrote in the previous post about women left widowed after the First World War, at that time, a Frenchwoman who married a foreign man lost her French nationality. That was a finality until 1922, four years after the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Jean-Marc, So glad that it worked so smoothly for you. Aren't the French wonderfully generous with their civil registration service? This is why I think it is so important to reciprocate by sharing family genealogies with the villages, towns and cities where your French ancestors originated.
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So often, people ask us why their ancestors left France and we must respond that the archives and documents rarely give reasons, only blunt statements of facts. However, if your grandmother or great-grandmother were a widow of a man who... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Interesting developments in Marseille online that may possibly be of use to the genealogist. Firstly, a new website, Marius, is dedicated primarily to images taken from a number of local institutions: the municipal library, the museum, and the municipal archives,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
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This is fun and could be useful to genealogists as well. The Bibliothèque nationale has launched a newspaper site called RetroNews, separate from its wonderful book and journals site, Gallica, and it is grand. It boasts of having three centuries... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
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We explained here some time ago the meanings and types of Faire-parts, invitations or announcements of deaths, marriages or births, but mostly of deaths. We would make the death cards something of a sub-category of the faire-part as they do... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Jean-Marc, So glad that TheFGB has helped you with your research!. You do not need to cross the Channel to get the birth registration of your great-uncle. You can write to the mairie of Pujol and request it. Give the names of his parents, the approximate year of his birth, his full name, and any other details you have. Enclose a self-addressed envelope. They will send it to you free of charge. Do let me know when you receive it and what it will reveal.
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This really is very big news! The Archives nationales de France have made a choice for openness and have changed the rules for publishing images of items that they hold. We just spent six months corresponding and nagging to obtain... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Mixed media collage Ephemera: vintage postcards, page from a government issue book on diet, early twentieth century advertising Size 40 cm x 30 cm Price: 40 euros plus postage Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at French Genealogy Collages
Annick, thank you for testing it so thoroughly and so quickly, but what a pity! I have seen the occasional blurred image from Projet Familles Parisiennes, but not so many as you describe. We shall have to write to them with the numbers of the faulty images and hope for the best. Thank you again.
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Mixed media collage Ephemera: pages from an almanac of 1857, printer's envelope sample Size: 24 cm x 30.5 cm Price: 20€ plus postage Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at French Genealogy Collages
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Mixed media collage Ephemera: vintage postcards Size: 24 cm x 30.5 cm Price: 20€ plus postage Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at French Genealogy Collages
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The symbiotic partnership that exists between Geneanet and Familles Parisiennes continues to bring good things for anyone researching Parisian ancestors. The latest contribution, almost all made by a single person, one Monique Drouhin, who must be a dynamo as well... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Thank You, Augusta, for your continued support and also for the many helpful e-mails you have sent recently.
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Sometimes, things are not as they should be. We have been researching some distant cousins, miscreants who spelt the name with only one d. Mostly, they appear on various genealogy databases as in the west of France, which is indeed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
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At a recent vide-grenier (similar to a local flea market) we purchased a school textbook. It was written in the late 1920s for children in the cinquième, which is the year for children aged about twelve and would be the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
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This is rather fun. Two sprightly researchers named Philippe Boula de Mareüil and Albert Rilliard, working at the Laboratoire d'Informatique pour la Mécanique et les Sciences de l'Ingénieur (LIMSI) have produced an interactive map of the dialects of France, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Mixed media collage Ephemera: vintage magazine advertisements and illustrations. Size: 30 cm X 40 cm Price: 50€ plus postage SOLD Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at French Genealogy Collages
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Mixed media collage Ephemera: on a base of a cover from a notarial document: vintage postcards, vintage magazine illustration, chocolate box ribbons and soldier, postmarks, stamp, wrapping paper. Size: 30 cm X 40 cm Price: 40€ plus postage Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at French Genealogy Collages
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Mixed media collage Ephemera: page from a commemorative booklet 1918, vintage postcards, a vintage chocolate box card. Size: 40 cm X 30 cm Price: 40€ plus postage Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at French Genealogy Collages
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Mixed media collage Ephemera: vintage letter in French, cover of a commemorative booklet 1918, vintage postcards, a vintage New Year's card in French and German. Size: 40 cm X 30 cm Price: 40€ plus postage Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at French Genealogy Collages
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Mixed media collage Ephemera: cover from Le Petit Parisien, vintage photograph, page from a vintage song book, vintage letters in French, poem from a vintage magazine. Size: 30 cm X 40 cm Price: 40€ plus postage Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at French Genealogy Collages
Over the years, we have collected an enormous amount of ephemera. Recently, it began to become collages. Please do leave a comment to let us know what you think of this new path. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at French Genealogy Collages