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I am a librarian and professional genealogist from California living in France.
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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 5 days ago 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
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
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
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
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
We wrote recently about the positive, if maladroit, developments on the website Géné 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
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
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
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
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
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