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I am a librarian and professional genealogist from California living in France.
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Due to a rise in the unexpected, the FGB must pause for a bit. We hope that our Dear Readers will find enough in the archives of this blog to avoid boredom. Our apologies if not. À bientôt. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
The Republican calendar name for this month, Thermidor, needs no explanation. Perhaps, this year however, it is mere nostalgia, for this has been one of those summers that is so rainy and cold that we have had a fire in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
The day of national celebration of the birth of the Republic of France is upon us again. Known as the Fourteenth of July (Quatorze Juillet) in France and as Bastille Day to foreigners, it commemorates the beginning of the struggle... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Our pleasure!
We are very much indebted to Monsieur D.C. for informing us about the wonderful website and free databases of The Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language (The ARTFL Project) at the University of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
The popularity of genealogy in France continues to grow and, along with it, the rather new field of transgenerational psychotherapy or psychogénéalogie. A fairly well-known name among the practitioners is that of Christine Ulivucci, who has recently published a book... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Dear Readers, if any of you are still out there, we continue with our struggle to resolve the issue of many of you not receiving posts by e-mail. Our latest trawls through the appalling tedium of Google search results have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
It has been some years since we last did a general review of what was to be found in the French genealogy press, though we have tried to keep you posted on any hot topics concerning French genealogy. Time to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Ellen, Indeed! The police would have come running in the California of our youth as well, where even the word "fire" is whispered with fear. Glad you like the post and thank you for taking the time to comment.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2014 on Messidor at The French Genealogy Blog
The month of Messidor takes its name from the Latin word for harvest. Eugène Le Roy describes the back-breaking labour in the hot sun that was the wheat harvest. Dreading summer rains or a hail storm that could destroy the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
For a definition of French citizenship in the Ancien régime, for a complete explanation of how it was developed and eventually dismantled and for an understanding of how and why people became citizens of France, look no further than this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
We are hoping this will help our Dear Readers keep in touch, so follow us on Twitter, please. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Gail, We are honoured! Thank you so much. Anne
Currently, among professional genealogists, there is much grumbling about the clumsy mess that has made of its search facility and the "ridiculous results" that come up. Many long for the now banished "old search" on that website. We suspect... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Dear Readers, Many of you have written to us that you have not been received the blog posts since April and we are so sorry. We have been wrestling with the subscription service, FeedBurner, which seems to have rolled over... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Before the most recent and somewhat fantastical wave of Brussels bashing, France was seriously looking at the genealogy tourism industry and its possibilities. Certain French folk have expressed annoyance that other member countries of the European Union -- Ireland, Poland,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
We have a really beautiful shell of an old house that we have been trying to flog for years. It is in a village of historic preservation, so its exterior charm, as with that of every other building in the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
We have read that learning to look at a mass of things, to identify similarities and differences, to separate and group into categories the items that form the mass, is a process that is crucial to humans' being able to... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Annick and Ellen, thank you so much for your contributions! And Cathy, thank you for your support.
Toggle Commented May 22, 2014 on Prairial at The French Genealogy Blog
If you downloaded our free French Genealogy Calendar, Dear Readers, you will know that the month of Prairial is upon us. Prairie has just about the same meaning in French as it has in English, though the prairie that goes... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Ah! The efficiency of the military! We have come to one of the five locations of French port and naval archives, which are a part of the Service Historique de la Défense, based in Vincennes, to the east of Paris.... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
So glad you like it. Thank you for leaving a comment to say so.
In the past, we have written on the subject of coiffes (see our jolly tome, which can now be purchased directly from Lulu) and how they may help you to find the region, if not the very village, of your... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
We continue our exploration of Brest's archives. Since so many of you, Dear Readers, have ancestors who hail from Bretagne, we are trying to make a thorough go of it and report it all. The Municipal Archives of Brest have,... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Another junket! The Departmental Archives of Finistère can be found in Quimper, a town of storybook charm, most of it lost on the archives administrators, it would seem, who have a very modern building of some luxury, including odd art... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog