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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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You may recall, Dear Readers, that the Fond Coutot, being the largest private archives in France, were the creation of a professional genealogist, Amédée Coutot. He opened up business a bit over twenty years after the fires set by the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
Kay, The heirs must be traced to the sixth degree, explained in this post (you have to copy and paste the address, I'm afraid):
Thank you for commenting, Yvette. There are tight requirements on researching living people here as well, where a private investigator license is required. Genealogists authorised by a notaire for the purpose of identifying heirs may do so, but it becomes quite a murky area when the research is "speculative".
Sheri, Thank you for writing. Without knowing more, I cannot say, but it does sound as if it may be a classic case of finding all heirs to the sixth degree.
The eminent genealogy professor, Stéphane Cosson, has written an interesting blog post about the difficulties currently being experienced by French probate genealogists. He informs us that quite a few of them are going broke and his purpose in writing is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
As many of our Dear Readers have ancestors who hailed from Poitou, we think you may enjoy listening to this radio programme on France Bleu about genealogy there. Read our older posts about Poitou: The Departments of France French Regiments... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Annick, So glad that you found the post helpful. Truly, if I had not used the system in the Paris Archives for years, I would never have understood the lists on FamilySearch. Thank you, as always, for taking the time to write, and so kindly. Your support is so very much appreciated.
Sam, Thank you so much for your support. I hope that you will find The FGB useful to you for a long time.
No slackers on this project. Barely had we announced that the City Council of Paris had approved an agreement between FamilySearch and the Paris Archives than the project was accomplished. Really, we are rather impressed. Recall that this concerns the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Let me know how you find them. I have not worked with them in a while either.
Annick, For Haut-Rhin, have you had no luck with CRHF, Centre de Recherches sur l'Histoire des Familles?
Recall that ancestors from Alsace were quite mobile and that this makes them difficult to research. For a long time, French genealogy societies, called cercles, have been heroically going through, town by town, all of the parish and civil registrations... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Many of you, Dear Readers, would seem to have been so successful in your French genealogy, that you have researched your families back to the beginning of parish registration and are keen to push further. We tell today of one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
We have covered this some time ago, but recently have noticed that misinformation on the subject abounds and so, here we go again. The French, as well as most European nationals, value and protect their privacy. The right to privacy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
We cannot fathom why, but it would seem to be true that a large number of our readers are seeking a noble among their French ancestors. On the whole, they were not nice people. After the Restoration, about a thousand... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
JB, Not presumptuous at all! Instead, your comment is most welcome. The two examples / links that you gave are excellent, so far as they go, but their recommendations for Departmental Archives entries seem incomplete. To give the source for a marriage registration, for example, they would have only the code be given, but nothing to indicate the name of the commune or the date of the acte or register. Should not more information be given so that the reader can verify the source? Perhaps, as Annick writes above, the American system is over-complicated but is not the French system ignoring the need for a bit more detail to find a document? Additionally, would they not give a different notation for documents found online? Thank you again for contributing.
Thank you for your comment, Annick, and for you continued, much appreciated support of The FGB. When I have asked French archivists and historians about citation, they seemed a bit surprised that I thought there might be a standard way to do it. I don't think they care about format, so long as the source is cited. It really will be interesting to see what this British project comes up with.
Merci, Annick, As a child in the Sierra Nevadas, I ALWAYS went barefoot. It must be that France is more dangerous to feet than California is.
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2018 on Bonne Année 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
This is very interesting, indeed. We often visit the National Archives of Britain in Kew in order to research the genealogy of French people who have gone to or through Britain. It is a superb, hyper-modern facility, though too far... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Thank you for your good wishes, Reine. Pharmacists in France have some diagnostic and prescription authority and it DOES make things easier!
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2018 on Bonne Année 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Many apologies, Dear Readers, for our extended silence. We should love to be able to say that it is the result of celebratory high jinks. Alas, it is not so. Somehow, in the dead of winter, we have managed to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Posted Jan 6, 2018 at French Genealogy Collages
Ephemera: Images cut from 1937 magazine cover, vintage post card, 1897 menu, 1919 food ration card and stamps. Size: 30cm x 40cm Price: 40 euros plus postage Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at French Genealogy Collages
Ephemera: Vintage advertising card, vintage post card of Paris, portrait from "L'Illustration" magazine, feather from a Brazilian bird. Size: 40cm x 30cm Price: 40 euros plus postage SOLD Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at French Genealogy Collages
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Posted Jan 5, 2018 at French Genealogy Collages