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I am a librarian and professional genealogist from California living in France.
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In one of our previous incarnations, we worked for British Aid in Entebbe and there met a southern belle quite out of her element. Cookery is often the refuge of a woman in distress (as we ourself learned later) and... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at The French Genealogy Blog
The Fichier Laborde is a card index and a true treasure for anyone researching their Parisian ancestors IF they were lucky enough for said ancestors to have been artists or crafts-persons. This index was made as a labour of love... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
Though we have been having glorious blue skies this week, this is usually a time of rain, rain, rain; il pleut, il pleut, il pleut, hence Pluviôse in the Republican Calendar. Le Roy writes that this is a time when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
We received the following from one of our Dear Readers, Monsieur C, which describes his research on a Protestant ancestor: First, I wanted to thank you for your lovely site! I just discovered it the other day. I've been going... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
An interesting point, Sandra, and thank you.
Gail Moreau-DesHarnais concludes her explanation of her methods in researching a Carignan soldier: The third source I checked was Michel Langlois in both the Carignan Soldier book and his Dictionnaire. He stated that Jean Magnan was from Veyde, archbishopric of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Cathy, So glad that you found this helpful! That is the goal of the FGB and we are certain that Mme. MD-H will be pleased as well.
For quite a few years, now, we have regularly received interesting correspondence from one of our Dear Readers, the excellent genealogist and researcher, Gail Moreau-DesHarnais. She is an expert on the genealogy of the early French residents of Detroit and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
We are well and truly deep in the Republican Calendar month of Nivôse, which Le Roy introduces with this rhyme: L'hiver n'est pas bâtard, S'il ne vient tôt il vient tard. Snow, ice, lead-coloured skies full of crows with cries... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
The Jourdan Act of 1798 introduced military conscription in a system that lasted for nearly two centuries. The municipal authorities were responsible for training the conscripts, under the authority of the departmental and military administrations. Each municipality had to establish... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Word is out that the new man in charge of the Service Historique de la Défense in Vincennes, General Leroi, has been working hard to make research easier at that facility. His predecessor was a bit obsessed with the idea... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
The European Library has been digitizing old newspapers, indexing them and making them available to the general public at no charge. (Taxes are high over here, but one is rewarded with so many goodies such as this.) This is a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Imagine if, instead of building a family tree based on traditions, stories, gossip, and other peoples' online trees and then trying to find the documentation to prove it, you could reverse the process and start with the documents that concern... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
It has come to our attention that, increasingly, the French are aware of and mildly curious about the American Thanksgiving. Ever ready to compare a new cuisine to their own, which they know is the best the planet has ever... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
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 Nov 24, 2014 on Frimaire at The French Genealogy Blog
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 Nov 22, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
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
Click on the Cover to Buy The Big Field : A Child's Year Under the Southern Cross from 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
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
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: 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
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