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The FGB
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I am a librarian and professional genealogist from California living in France.
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Oh, Dear Readers, if one of your French ancestors took to the high seas, buy this superb book. If you would like to find out how to research his or her career, whether in the French navy, merchant marine or... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
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Oh, we do love municipal archives! Their staff are kind and helpful, bringing to mind the solicitous librarians during the long, summer holidays of our childhood. The archivist in charge of the Archives municipales de Nantes was a paragon of... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Still in Nantes, we have expanded our research and exploration to the Diplomatic Archives in Nantes. First, of course, we had to find it. Address in hand, we were puzzled to find ourself in an empty street, devoid of signage.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Ken, That is so very kind of you to write. Thank you! Anne
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We recently made a dash to the coast not to take the sea air nor, most disappointingly, to witness the launch of the Hermione replica, but to burrow into archives, seeking forgotten details of others' pasts. The Departmental Archives of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Dear Readers, can we believe it? Not only have we been writing this blog for six years, we have written nearly 500 posts, which you have been kind enough to read. The quantity of posts has begun, unfortunately to become... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
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For those who are tracing French ancestors who went to the United States, our perusals have brought to our attention a nice little article that lists the 2112 French officers, soldiers and sailors who died fighting for the cause during... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Deborah, Thank you . As per below, we really are at a loss as to why Typepad resent this post, but are very pleased that you like it. Thank you!
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2015 on Slick New Site on WWI at The French Genealogy Blog
Cathy, Thank you . We are at a loss as to why Typepad resent this post two months after we first wrote it, but are very pleased that you like it.
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2015 on Slick New Site on WWI at The French Genealogy Blog
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In spite of the fine work of the many excellent Protestant and Huguenot societies and especially of the Société de l’Histoire du Protestantisme Français, it can remain a difficulty to track one's French Protestant ancestors. Persecuted, often outlawed and very... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
The dating mistake really is unforgivable! No disparagement of quilters intended, to be sure.
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Is it useful, one asks, to make fine resources available but in such a mess as to madden anyone trying to use them? Apparently, the answer is in the affirmative if the resource in question is open to collaborative indexing,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
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A recent message from Monsieur W., one of our Dear Readers who is planning to pursue a Master's Degree and then a Doctorate of Philosophy in French history, asked us what course we might recommend that would best prepare him... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
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We have been contacted by a student archivist at the University of Angers, Steeve Costeseque. For his studies, he is conducting research on French-speaking Canadians who have travelled to Charente-Maritime to pursue their family history. He has put a questionnaire... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
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There are already some genealogy games out there, board games, such as the Game of Genealogy, and card games, such as Six Generations. They do seem to have been created by grandparents to rope their children into helping out with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
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We are trying to make sense of these websites and to recommend them, we really are, but the owners do not make it easy in the least. The Société des Etudes Historiques Révolutionnaires & Impériales (SEHRI) seems to have become... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
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In November of 2013, all of the archives of France took part in the Grande Collecte, in which they asked everyone to look in their attics for letters, photographs, diaries, drawings and any other material from their ancestor's participation in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
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The fichiers (indices on cards) have been coming online fast and furious and another fine one for genealogists is available. The Fichier Bossu contains 130,000 biographical cards about French freemasons from the eighteenth to the late nineteenth century. It is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Ah, Cathy, not only France. Giants of fathers chase away their sons all over the planet!
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Here on the FGB we have discussed the many possible reasons your ancestor may have left France and how those reasons may help to discoveries of his or her origins. You may be descended from a young man avoiding his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
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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 -... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
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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.
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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.