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The FGB
Paris
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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This is rather fun. Two sprightly researchers named Philippe Boula de Mareüil and Albert Rilliard, working at the Laboratoire d'Informatique pour la Mécanique et les Sciences de l'Ingénieur (LIMSI) have produced an interactive map of the dialects of France, the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
We have started making collages from our French genealogy ephemera. See them here. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
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Mixed media collage Ephemera: vintage magazine advertisements and illustrations. Size: 30 cm X 40 cm Price: 50€ plus postage Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at French Genealogy Collages
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Mixed media collage Ephemera: on a base of a cover from a notarial document: vintage postcards, vintage magazine illustration, chocolate box ribbons and soldier, postmarks, stamp, wrapping paper. Size: 30 cm X 40 cm Price: 40€ plus postage Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at French Genealogy Collages
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Mixed media collage Ephemera: page from a commemorative booklet 1918, vintage postcards, a vintage chocolate box card. Size: 40 cm X 30 cm Price: 40€ plus postage Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at French Genealogy Collages
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Mixed media collage Ephemera: vintage letter in French, cover of a commemorative booklet 1918, vintage postcards, a vintage New Year's card in French and German. Size: 40 cm X 30 cm Price: 40€ plus postage Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at French Genealogy Collages
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Mixed media collage Ephemera: cover from Le Petit Parisien, vintage photograph, page from a vintage song book, vintage letters in French, poem from a vintage magazine. Size: 30 cm X 40 cm Price: 40€ plus postage Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at French Genealogy Collages
Over the years, we have collected an enormous amount of ephemera. Recently, it began to become collages. Please do leave a comment to let us know what you think of this new path. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at French Genealogy Collages
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Mixed media collage Ephemera: vintage postcard, page and illustration from a vintage song book Size: 28.5 cm X 30 cm Price: 20€ plus postage Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at French Genealogy Collages
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Sometimes, as we spend a day or twelve luxuriating in the archives of France, mulling over the history so clearly in evidence in the documents we read, we really are taken aback. Of course, we should not be; history is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Some people simply do not trust the system, then blindly but in a different fashion, trust the system. So it is today -- we live in a time when people jettison logic, consistency and clarity (if they ever had it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Elly, SO glad you are finding The FGB to be helpful. Thank you for leaving such a positive comment.
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Every year in June the French blogger, Sophie Boudarel, launches the genealogy writing encouragement, Le Challenge A-Z. Every year June surprises us and we wish we had been more organised, more prepared and ready to participate, but we never quite... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Buried among the numerous lists on the superb website of the French military, Mémoire des Hommes, is a collection of filmed pages of names of those foreigners who rushed to fight for France during the brief period from the 1st... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
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One can pen an encyclopaedia on the subject of what it means to be French but for those researching their ancestors, it is the law that matters. The laws on French nationality determined whether or not a person would have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Tomorrow we go to the polls again in France, this time for the run-off election for the legislature. All predictions say that the party of the newly elected President Emmanuel Macron, La République en March! (REM), will be the winner.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Thank you, Dianne!
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We do apologise, Dear Readers, for the long silence and thank those of you who wrote with concern. There are times when, to accomplish something, one must bury the phone in the garden, draw the curtains closed, lock the door... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
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Some time ago, we were contacted by the art historian, Sara M. Picard, to help with research into a French immigrant to Louisiana named Jules Lion. It was such a fascinating case that we were more than happy, nay, keen... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Thank you for this informative comment. One wonders if French or American port records might not survive to confirm your supposition.
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Monsieur M. wrote in to ask what "Amnistié" meant when written as a marginal note on a birth registration. The word means "pardoned". Thus, the person was either condemned as a criminal, possibly a political prisoner, or was found guilty... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
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The bilingual, English/French diploma course in French Genealogy at the University of Nîmes was inaugurated a few years ago. A year and a half ago, we discussed here its plans for improvement and were grateful to receive your enlightening comments... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Thank you, Ken! Have you tried the glossary?
Many thanks Dianne. It is so nice to know that you find the blog to be helpful.
Thank you, Annick. No, I have not read that one but I will look for it.