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I am a librarian and professional genealogist from California living in France.
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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 5 days ago 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
Gail, We are honoured! Thank you so much. Anne
Currently, among professional genealogists, there is much grumbling about the clumsy mess that has made of its search facility and the "ridiculous results" that come up. Many long for the now banished "old search" on that website. We suspect... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Before the most recent and somewhat fantastical wave of Brussels bashing, France was seriously looking at the genealogy tourism industry and its possibilities. Certain French folk have expressed annoyance that other member countries of the European Union -- Ireland, Poland,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
We have a really beautiful shell of an old house that we have been trying to flog for years. It is in a village of historic preservation, so its exterior charm, as with that of every other building in the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
We have read that learning to look at a mass of things, to identify similarities and differences, to separate and group into categories the items that form the mass, is a process that is crucial to humans' being able to... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog
Annick and Ellen, thank you so much for your contributions! And Cathy, thank you for your support.
Toggle Commented May 22, 2014 on Prairial at The French Genealogy Blog
If you downloaded our free French Genealogy Calendar, Dear Readers, you will know that the month of Prairial is upon us. Prairie has just about the same meaning in French as it has in English, though the prairie that goes... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at The French Genealogy Blog