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The FGB
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I am a librarian and professional genealogist from California living in France.
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Louise, Nièvre is an entire department. You need to know the town where the event you seek happened, and the date. The website for the Archives departementales of Nièvre has an excellent search page and the name Jovet does come up. Click on the link in the column to the left to go to the Nièvre AD website. Good luck!
Augusta, Thank you so much for your appreciation of our efforts! Would that we could send you some of the bounty, but alas, the pictures will have to do.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Frimaire at The French Genealogy Blog
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Continuing with our study of the Republican Calendar's months, guided by Eugène Le Roy, we are now entering Frimaire, the month that takes its name from the French word for frost. It is a time of bitterly cold winds rattling... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
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The Carignan Regiment, also known as the Carignan-Salières Regiment, was sent by France to Canada with the mission of quelling the Iroquois who were fighting to protect their homeland from the invaders. Seven shiploads transported the men of the regiment... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Click on the Cover to Buy The Big Field : A Child's Year Under the Southern Cross from Amazon.com The Big Field is a lovely picture book for all children and an important addition to resources for the Early Years curriculum. Patterned after books of hours, it is a month-by-month... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Children's Books by Anne Morddel
Our good friend, Monsieur M., sent us this from Quebec: "Our firm D..., D..., D... and B... (I was the one anglais) around 1975 represented an estate. A business man of some means died in about 1940. He must have thought his children prone to prodigality. So, after bequeathing his soul to god and a sum to say regular masses to assure his passage to the almighty -- old Quebec wills are a laugh to read -- he created a trust to pay income to his heirs, the capital to be distributed after the death of the last one. Well here we were 35 years later trying to locate what we believed to be some 100 people. Perhaps easier if all got an equal share, but no, inheritance is by souche et pas par tete. Those few whose families were not so proliferagate, came into quite a reasonable sum. Others in a third or fourth generation by this time were in shares of 1/125 or 1/130 or something like that. And of course, the heirs did not all get along as good men (or women, I use "men" here in the proper inclusive sense) and they were scattered all over. I had to try to get a release for some insignificant sum from somebody in Butte Montana. Don t know the final result, I am sure though that DDDB and Cie got a goodly bit."
Well! It does seem as if all the Schmitt researchers here should contact one another directly. Good luck to you all.
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2014 on Contact Us at The French Genealogy Blog
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Tomorrow, the eleventh of November, is noted in French calendars as Armistice 1918, the day when the the Armistice to end hostilities between Germany and the Allies was signed in a railway carriage, allowing the beginning of negotiations to end... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
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In Article 745, the Civil Code of France states that, if there be neither spouse nor children who can inherit, then "collateral relatives beyond the sixth degree may not inherit", which has been taken to mean that said collaterals up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Eric, Thank you very much for the compliments and we are pleased that the blog is proving helpful to you. To obtain the registrations that you seek, you can ask for them online, as we explain in this post: http://french-genealogy.typepad.com/genealogie/2011/08/requesting-french-vital-records-online.html and/or you can write to the Mairie of the town. Good luck! Anne
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on Contact Us at The French Genealogy Blog
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Our good friend, the genealogist, Isabelle Haemmerle, has been doing more work in Geneva and sends this on the Archives d'Etat de Genève, the State Archives of Geneva: Remember, we met a few weeks ago in the old town of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Someone has pointed out to us that it has been well over three years since we last wrote of developments in the online presence of Communal and Municipal Archives. These are an important complementary source to the websites of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Brumaire takes its name from brume - that morning mist that covers the dales when the autumn air is cooler than the earth. Le Roy writes of the rural life during Brumaire as it may have been for your French... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
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We were in a foul mood. We have been thundering away on a research knot, one of those little unknown details that is not exactly a brick wall, more like a knot in one of those thin chains for a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Our good friend, the genealogist, Isabelle Haemmerle, sends this from Geneva: The first Sunday of October, the last warm day enjoyable for strolling along Lake Leman. Taking the direction the old town – la Vieille Ville – while climbing the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
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We wrote recently about the positive, if maladroit, developments on the website Généalogie.com. It is generally to the researcher's benefit that they are adding the extracts (or relevés) made by the various genealogy associations around the country of hundreds of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
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The world of French genealogy has been in a tizzy about the second season of the France 3 genealogy detective television series, Origines. So much so that the second episode was given a special viewing at this year's genealogy fair... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Autumn really is the most extraordinary season in France, a time of tender beauty and glorious harvests. In the Republican calendar, there are some "supplementary days" at about this time of year, to keep things on track with a sun... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
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People from Béarn, in the southernmost region of France, have long had good reasons to emigrate, some of which may have been: A strong Protestant conviction Poverty Landlessness The French Revolution Conscription - (and the military conscription records in Departmental... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
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It has been quite a while since we last wrote about the Police Archives of Paris (here and here). In that time, much has happened. Key has been the making available to the public the vast police archives on collaborators... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Dear Readers, Life has taken something of a dip and we write to ask your assistance, please. Some years ago, pre-dip, we bought a massive house with heartbreakingly beautiful views in a quiet village in southwestern France. It is nestled... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
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The television station, France 3, will be offering a new show from the twentieth of September that is sure to become a secret pleasure for all French genealogists. Origines is a crime drama in which a snooty, cold, privileged and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Hello, Annick, Yes, if you are not finding certain things on Geneanet, then try Genealogie.com. In some cases, they link straight to the AD image of a parish or civil registration. Anne
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Both Généalogie.com and Geneanet.org have been adding to their collections online at a feverish pace. It is quite a competition and all to the good for the French genealogist. Thousands of pages from the Archives nationales and from many of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
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We are a bit late with this, for Fructidor began last week, but it has rained as much as if it were Pluviôse, so we doubt it matters much. According to our own country-side record-keeping (about which we may be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog