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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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Over the years, we have had recourse to signatures as supporting evidence for French genealogy proofs rather often. There have been some most interesting cases in which a French immigrant left precious few genealogical details, but he or she may... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
Many thanks to all of those who sent their comments via e-mail. Just about everyone likes the newsletter of LostCousins. Some have tried it and found matches, but the people never responded (can't really blame the website for that one.) All in all, it seems a success but rarely for those seeking French relations.
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This website is primarily Anglophone, primarily British, using exclusively nineteenth and twentieth century census returns...and yet..... The premise is interesting: to enter into the website's database as many families as possible to which you are related that appear in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Continuing our research into how better to cite French genealogy documents and sources for our discussion with Elizabeth Shown Mills, author of "Evidence Explained: : Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace".1 (who is most generously offering her encouragement in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Cathy, Thank you for writing. Monsieur R was tireless and an inspiration to all, to be sure!
This is so useful, Carine, and I am sure it will interest Elizabeth as well when we next correspond about this. Thank you!
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After our Case Study on Uniformologie, in which we reported an expert's view that the uniform in question was no French Army uniform and his speculations on what it could be (all wrong, by the way, but we are still... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
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At the beginning of the summer, which seems so long ago, almost an age of innocence from this perspective, we wrote of the harsh demands of the French military during the nineteenth century. One of the ways for some to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Dear Readers, we ask your help with citation of French documents following the principles of Elizabeth Shown Mills's "Evidence Explained: : Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace".1 In our Sisyphean struggle with this, you may envision us as pretty... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Recently, we had the opportunity to learn more about copyists at the Louvre. Since the Louvre opened in 1793, those with the gift have been copying its paintings. By the mid-nineteenth century, hundreds of people were setting up their easels... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Understanding the French Revolution requires a lifetime of study and we feel that we have barely begun. Many of you, Dear Readers, have written to say that you are descended from people who left France during or just after the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Norman, Miller is a very common name, so a search with only the name and date of birth, but not knowing the town, will be very difficult. Have you any more details at all? Did he serve in the military? Did he marry in France?
Wim, Is there a record of his military service? Have you obtained a copy?
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2016 on Who We Are at The French Genealogy Blog
Darlene, Mittelschaeffolsheim is in the department of Bas-Rhin and they have digitised and put online many records. Normally, I would say to try military recruitment lists. Unfortunately, Bas-Rhin do not have theirs online yet. Have you checked the marriage TDs from about 1854 forward for Fessler? Have you gone over all Fessler births, marriages and deaths to see if he appeared as a witness and, if so, to see where he was living? Do you know if and whom he married and where she was from? If so, you should check her village for the marriage. Additionally, be sure to check the Promesses de Marriage because, wherever he married, if he did, the banns would have had to have been posted in his home village. Good luck!
Angela, Have you tried the pages blanches?
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Back in March, we received the above photograph from a Dear Reader, Monsieur R., who hoped that we could help to identify the uniform. Not our strong point, uniforms, pretty as we find them to be at times. Monsieur R.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Annick, I have been away so please forgive the delay in thanking you so very much for this comment of support. It is more appreciated than you can guess.
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2016 on Letter From A President at The French Genealogy Blog
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We continue with our review of the book and wonderful talk given by Marie-Odile Mergnac on the subject of orphans and wards of the nation. Orphans and their welfare have been as much of a concern in France as everywhere... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
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One of the talks that we attended at the GENCO 2016 event was that given by the prolific Marie-Odile Mergnac about the subject of her new book, Orphelins et pupilles de la nation. The lecture space was not a room... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
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In response to our post lauding the genealogy fair, GENCO 2016, we received this missive from Président Claude Jaillard : Bonjour Madame, Tout d'abord, je me permets de vous remercier pour la publicité que vous avez faite à notre Salon... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Hello, Mitch, Great to hear from you again! Have you any books or articles about the Cagots that you would recommend, perhaps?
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We read the following article by Nick Inman in "The Connexion" October 2016 issue; it is reproduced here courtesy of "The Connexion, France's English-Language Newspaper", www.connexionfrance.com. It may answer some puzzles and explain some brick walls for some. Read on!... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Thank you, Annick, as always, for your comment. As to the Belgian and Luxembourg research, I shall endeavor to get an expert to write us a guest post on it.
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2016 on GENCO 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Last weekend, we had the pleasure of going south to attend GENCO 2016, the genealogy conference in Brive-la-Gaillarde put on by one of those beleaguered associations, Généalogie en Corrèze. It is quite a large regional event, second only to that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Brigitte, Thank you for writing. "Turf war" was meant only playfully. Even so, the discussion with the FFG should be very interesting.