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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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Forgive us, Dear Readers, if we repost two of our past musings on this very American of holidays (with updates in blue). Here is the more cheerful one: It has come to our attention that, increasingly, the French are aware... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
Many thanks for this clarification, Fabien!
In 1790, democracy marched onward in France and voting was organised by commune and, in larger cities, by section. Properly speaking, sections were electoral districts, but they were also used informally by name or number as part of an address.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
Geography in France during the Revolutionary period (at its briefest, 1792 to 1800; at its most extreme, 1789 to 1815), like the calendar, went through some radical changes and this can make researching your ancestors during that epoch very difficult.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
After many of you, Dear Readers, requested a new calendar, this one going from January to December unlike our calendar of four years ago, which went from April to March (seemed like a good idea at the time), we have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Eric, That is good news. Thank you!
Cathy, your loyal support and comments are much appreciated! Thank you.
We have been working on our own research of late. It took us back to the Departmental Archives of Seine-Maritime and, for the first time, to the Municipal Archives of Dieppe. These are not easy to find. They have no... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Ephemera: Vintage sheet music cover, vintage post card, 1911 photograph of filming at Villa "Les Oliviers" in Sanary-sur-Mer, 1947 invitation to the premiere of the film "Rêves d'amour" and accompanying still from the film. Size: 30cm x 40cm Price: 40 euros plus postage Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at French Genealogy Collages
Our good friend, the genealogist, Isabelle Haemmerle, sends this from Geneva: The exhibition "Côté chaire côté rue" presented at the Archives of the State of Geneva is to be extended until March 2018. Held in the context of the 500th... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Among the many lectures and workshops that we attended at the conference, the best attended, by a long shot, was that of the illustrious Guillaume de Morant. Monsieur de Morant is one of the best known figures working in French... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
We have not visited the Municipal Archives of Lorient, but it is on our very long list of archives we long to see, not only for its holdings but as it is housed in the old Compagnie des Indes building.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Caryn, Thank you so much for your kind words and thanks for the FGB. It is much appreciated. Unfortunately, the talk attended on Saint Domingue was more about social history than research methods. Let me look at it a bit. Anne
We found quite interesting the theme at the conference of researching those from France's ex-colonies in the West Indies and so we continued to pursue the talks on that subject. It was not always an easy thing to do for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
At the genealogy conference in Le Havre last month, one of the most informative lectures that we attended was given by a dashing young fellow from Guadeloupe, Monsieur Bruno Kissoun, come all that way to talk to us. The audience... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Oh, we have encountered the most heavenly of archives! The Service Historique de la Défense branch at Cherbourg has one of the richest of naval collections outside of the central facility at Vincennes, as can be seen in this list... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Our Le Havre junket was extended to include a day of research at the Municipal Archives. They are housed in an old bastion, the Fort de Tourneville. Though the archives part of the building has been done up very nicely,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Mixed media collage "Lorraine" Recent trawls have brought us to new discoveries which we pass on to those of you researching ancestors from Alsace or Lorraine. The Education blog on the website of the Departmental Archives of Haut-Rhin is a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
We have just completed our attendance at the three days of lectures and a hall full of stalls that is France's largest genealogy event, the Congrès national de Généalogie, held in Le Havre. It is held every two years in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
As we wrote in the previous post about women left widowed after the First World War, at that time, a Frenchwoman who married a foreign man lost her French nationality. That was a finality until 1922, four years after the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Jean-Marc, So glad that it worked so smoothly for you. Aren't the French wonderfully generous with their civil registration service? This is why I think it is so important to reciprocate by sharing family genealogies with the villages, towns and cities where your French ancestors originated.
So often, people ask us why their ancestors left France and we must respond that the archives and documents rarely give reasons, only blunt statements of facts. However, if your grandmother or great-grandmother were a widow of a man who... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Interesting developments in Marseille online that may possibly be of use to the genealogist. Firstly, a new website, Marius, is dedicated primarily to images taken from a number of local institutions: the municipal library, the museum, and the municipal archives,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
This is fun and could be useful to genealogists as well. The Bibliothèque nationale has launched a newspaper site called RetroNews, separate from its wonderful book and journals site, Gallica, and it is grand. It boasts of having three centuries... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
We explained here some time ago the meanings and types of Faire-parts, invitations or announcements of deaths, marriages or births, but mostly of deaths. We would make the death cards something of a sub-category of the faire-part as they do... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog