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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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We cannot understand why, but countless times people have written us to ask that we help them to prove that their French ancestors were wealthy. No one seems to want their family's journey to embody the rags to riches story;... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
Kenneth, Thank you for the congratulations. Do not despair. Having a name that is not rare increases your chances of finding a family tree online. Lots more cousins, you see.
The race among Departmental Archives to digitise and put online their parish and civil registrations finished long ago. The winners, Mayenne and Seine-Maritime, have had their laurels so long that the crowns have grown dusty and been relegated to a... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
So glad you have found The FGB to be helpful. Have a great time in Montbeliard. Do prepare copies of your family genealogies to share with the local genealogy society. They do so much for free and are so very interested in "cousins" abroad.
Thank you for your comment, Dominique. Which diocese are you researching?
Corey, I hope your research was successful.
The one-woman powerhouse that is the publishing company Archives & Culture has brought out another genealogy guide, or guide de généalogie. To anyone who has researched his or her French roots to earlier than the French Revolution, the thought of... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
I have read your blog, Dianne, and find it quite impressive. You do a lot of deep research, it seems.
Thank you, Dianne. Since I accept no advertising and the blog is completely free to read, and since it is an enormous amount of work, I suppose that I can choose my own style. So glad you like the gowns. Don't you wish there were still opportunities to wear them?
Dianne, Thank you very much for your support and for taking the time to write this comment. Nine more years? I wonder.
Thank you Cathy. So glad that you have found the blog interesting. We do try!
Sam, How very generous of you. Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely comment. We are so happy that the FGB has been helpful to your research.
Thank you, Linda. It is most flattering that you find the blog interesting even when you have few French ancestors to research.
Can it be that we really have been writing this blog about French genealogy for nine years? It feels but a blink. Its success is all due to you, our Dear Readers, for your comments, e-mails, support and encouragement have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Carol, Your information is correct but a bit imprecise. As the Wikepedia article on him explains, General Scherer led some of the French armies in battle during the Revolutionary Wars of France and he was even the Minister for War at one point. During the Revolutionary Wars, the ruling government changed commanders of armies rapidly and tried and even executed some of those who lost battles or campaigns. At one point, Scherer commanded the French "Army of Italy" and when the government replaced him, it was with Napoleon. At that time, Napoleon was taking over form Scherer only that part of the French Army, not all of it. That would come later. Thank you for your comment. I hope that your vision may improve.
Hello, Harald, You might want to contact Mitch, above, for commiseration. Anne
Paula and Norah, If you click on the website link above, you can search the names.
We have written about Saint-Domingue research before: We highly recommend Michael Hait's talk on the subject of French refugees from Saint-Domingue We wrote about resources concerning escaped slaves on that island We wrote of the refugee lists in the Municipal... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Hello, Judy, Thank you for your comment. The Guerins are quite well documented in South Carolina. For more on them in Poitou, I suggest that you look at and the many other French websites on the Protestants described here on the blog. Good luck! Anne
In 1684, Louis XIV established at Saint-Cyr a school for the daughters of certain impoverished nobility called the Maison Royale de Saint Louis. It educated girls and young women until the Revolution caused its closure in 1793. Lists of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Martine, Thank you for commenting. If your grandmother had only two sons, they were the heirs. Each would have received 50%, had they been alive. As they were not, their children each received an equal share of the 50% that their father would have had. Your grandmother would not have had the right to divide the estate equally into three parts unless she had had three children. However, depending on when she died, she would have had the right to leave a small percentage of the estate to a person of her choice, and that seems to be what she did here. You would have to check the law at the time to know what that percentage was, but I doubt very much that it was 33%. If you have the date and place of death, you can write the notaire to know the details more fully.
Just in case our Dear Readers never, ever, for a second read any French news and do not know that the country's most beloved pop star and Elvis imitator died last year, he did. Johnny Hallyday was in his seventies... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Was you ancestor a Pole or a Spaniard or a Russian who came to France in the late nineteenth century and was then expelled? Or, are you aware only of the fact that he or she passed through France during... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Corey, Have a great and successful trip and give my regards to Yvette.
We have had the pleasure of the acquaintance of the highly qualified genealogist, Marie Cappart, for a few years now and enjoy meeting with her when our paths cross at genealogy fairs, congregations and other extravaganzas. She embodies a happy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog