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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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We have received a missive from a student of genealogy who is working on her "accreditation for France through the ICAPGen". She asked about specifics concerning the different departments that would be useful for a researcher to know, adding "for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
Jude, Thanks so much for sharing your own experience of the fine group in Nancy, AND for your words of appreciation of the FGB. Anne
The new year has begun oddly here in France. Many are down with the stomach flu, le gastro, and many others with serious chest colds, le flu. Night temperatures drop to ten degrees below zero, Centigrade, and jump to twenty-five... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Ah, Annick, All any of us can do is our best and all we can hope for is the best. Thank you for always commenting and for your good wishes for 2017.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2016 on 2016 to 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Dianne, Thank you. Comments mean so much to bloggers. Without them, we really feel quite alone in the universe.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2016 on 2016 to 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
The year of 2016 draws to a close and we are a bit baffled that the media, social and not so social, are all in agreement that it was a bad year. We are not baffled that they think it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Alice, Thank you so much for your support. Very glad if you found the post to be helpful. Anne
Our last day in Nancy was dedicated to the Departmental Archives of Meurthe and Moselle. The rumour is that the facility is preparing for a move. The staff are busing organising all for the transfer and so, the archives are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Continuing to report on our genealogy junket to Nancy, we take you now to the truly ancient and dilapidated building of the MJC Lillebonne in the centre of old Nancy. Our time in Nancy was not as abundant as we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Annick, Lucky you to have spent so much time in that beautiful city. The winter weather is not pleasant, to be sure, but that hardly matters when there is such beauty. AND a great community of genealogists!
We have been to the Municipal Archives of Nancy and have found them to be most pleasant. We were already familiar with their excellent website on which one may view the parish and civil registers of the city, but thought... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
It is clear that La France Généalogique is experiencing a growth spurt that we are most pleased to witness. Over the past couple of years, they have improved their programme of workshops and lectures by both increasing the number offered... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Over the years, we have had recourse to signatures as supporting evidence for French genealogy proofs rather often. There have been some most interesting cases in which a French immigrant left precious few genealogical details, but he or she may... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Many thanks to all of those who sent their comments via e-mail. Just about everyone likes the newsletter of LostCousins. Some have tried it and found matches, but the people never responded (can't really blame the website for that one.) All in all, it seems a success but rarely for those seeking French relations.
This website is primarily Anglophone, primarily British, using exclusively nineteenth and twentieth century census returns...and yet..... The premise is interesting: to enter into the website's database as many families as possible to which you are related that appear in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Continuing our research into how better to cite French genealogy documents and sources for our discussion with Elizabeth Shown Mills, author of "Evidence Explained: : Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace".1 (who is most generously offering her encouragement in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Cathy, Thank you for writing. Monsieur R was tireless and an inspiration to all, to be sure!
This is so useful, Carine, and I am sure it will interest Elizabeth as well when we next correspond about this. Thank you!
After our Case Study on Uniformologie, in which we reported an expert's view that the uniform in question was no French Army uniform and his speculations on what it could be (all wrong, by the way, but we are still... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
At the beginning of the summer, which seems so long ago, almost an age of innocence from this perspective, we wrote of the harsh demands of the French military during the nineteenth century. One of the ways for some to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Dear Readers, we ask your help with citation of French documents following the principles of Elizabeth Shown Mills's "Evidence Explained: : Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace".1 In our Sisyphean struggle with this, you may envision us as pretty... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Recently, we had the opportunity to learn more about copyists at the Louvre. Since the Louvre opened in 1793, those with the gift have been copying its paintings. By the mid-nineteenth century, hundreds of people were setting up their easels... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Understanding the French Revolution requires a lifetime of study and we feel that we have barely begun. Many of you, Dear Readers, have written to say that you are descended from people who left France during or just after the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Norman, Miller is a very common name, so a search with only the name and date of birth, but not knowing the town, will be very difficult. Have you any more details at all? Did he serve in the military? Did he marry in France?
Wim, Is there a record of his military service? Have you obtained a copy?
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2016 on Who We Are at The French Genealogy Blog