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I am a librarian and professional genealogist from California living in France.
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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 5 days ago 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
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 In some cases, they link straight to the AD image of a parish or civil registration. Anne
Both Géné and 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
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
Thank you so much for your loyalty, Annick!
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2014 on Subscription Despair at The French Genealogy Blog
Ah, Dear Readers, what a disaster and conundrum this blog subscription business has been! Years ago, in Entebbe, the Head of the Ugandan Civil Service cancelled a training course we were scheduled to give, on which we had worked very... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
The Republican calendar name for this month, Thermidor, needs no explanation. Perhaps, this year however, it is mere nostalgia, for this has been one of those summers that is so rainy and cold that we have had a fire in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
The day of national celebration of the birth of the Republic of France is upon us again. Known as the Fourteenth of July (Quatorze Juillet) in France and as Bastille Day to foreigners, it commemorates the beginning of the struggle... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Our pleasure!
We are very much indebted to Monsieur D.C. for informing us about the wonderful website and free databases of The Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language (The ARTFL Project) at the University of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
The popularity of genealogy in France continues to grow and, along with it, the rather new field of transgenerational psychotherapy or psychogénéalogie. A fairly well-known name among the practitioners is that of Christine Ulivucci, who has recently published a book... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
It has been some years since we last did a general review of what was to be found in the French genealogy press, though we have tried to keep you posted on any hot topics concerning French genealogy. Time to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Ellen, Indeed! The police would have come running in the California of our youth as well, where even the word "fire" is whispered with fear. Glad you like the post and thank you for taking the time to comment.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2014 on Messidor at The French Genealogy Blog
The month of Messidor takes its name from the Latin word for harvest. Eugène Le Roy describes the back-breaking labour in the hot sun that was the wheat harvest. Dreading summer rains or a hail storm that could destroy the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
For a definition of French citizenship in the Ancien régime, for a complete explanation of how it was developed and eventually dismantled and for an understanding of how and why people became citizens of France, look no further than this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
We are hoping this will help our Dear Readers keep in touch, so follow us on Twitter, please. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog