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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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CELEBRATE THE FGB! THIS IS OUR SIX HUNDREDTH POST! For quite some time, we have thought that certain towns and cities in France really have been missing a tourism opportunity which is to welcome and encourage those seeking to research... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at The French Genealogy Blog
There were land records, but with nothing like the openness or protection of creditors that came with the Revolution and afterward. There is an excellent explanation of the procedures during the Ancien régime here:
We have had quite a few happy successes in locating all of a person's heirs in France by using the the registers of the bureaux des hypothèques. Literally, the word hypothèque means mortgage in English, but the function of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
We really are taken aback. It would appear that the powerhouse of commercial French genealogical databases, Toussaint Roze, (who sends out those pithy little messages called "tweets" here) reads our very own French Genealogy Blog or, perhaps, read it just... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
It is African-American History Month in the United States and Canada and we would like to highlight a most interesting website that helps to trace people who were escaped slaves in Saint Domingue, now Haiti. Bi-lingual and with excellent academic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Susan, When you have gone to the archives or mairies, have they let you see the marginal notes? Usually, they are blocked because, though the acte has passed the limitation date, the notes have not. Anne
Refugees from war, oppression, persecution and cruelty can wander this world for an increasingly long time before they can find kindness, acceptance and help from those who, through a twist of fate, have been more fortunate. An added cruelty to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
We have held off writing about this because we wanted to give it a proper try-out. We have spent the last week or so really putting through its paces and really are so impressed. A couple of years ago,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Thank you, Eva. The disgrace was the same in France, except that marriage and recognition could erase it, which helped the child somewhat.
Around the world, today has been about women, so we have decided to write of a conundrum about women that has puzzled us for some time. For most of the nineteenth century and up until 1922, it was possible for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
We have received a missive from a student of genealogy who is working on her "accreditation for France through the ICAPGen". She asked about specifics concerning the different departments that would be useful for a researcher to know, adding "for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Jude, Thanks so much for sharing your own experience of the fine group in Nancy, AND for your words of appreciation of the FGB. Anne
The new year has begun oddly here in France. Many are down with the stomach flu, le gastro, and many others with serious chest colds, le flu. Night temperatures drop to ten degrees below zero, Centigrade, and jump to twenty-five... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Ah, Annick, All any of us can do is our best and all we can hope for is the best. Thank you for always commenting and for your good wishes for 2017.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2016 on 2016 to 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Dianne, Thank you. Comments mean so much to bloggers. Without them, we really feel quite alone in the universe.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2016 on 2016 to 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
The year of 2016 draws to a close and we are a bit baffled that the media, social and not so social, are all in agreement that it was a bad year. We are not baffled that they think it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Alice, Thank you so much for your support. Very glad if you found the post to be helpful. Anne
Our last day in Nancy was dedicated to the Departmental Archives of Meurthe and Moselle. The rumour is that the facility is preparing for a move. The staff are busing organising all for the transfer and so, the archives are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Continuing to report on our genealogy junket to Nancy, we take you now to the truly ancient and dilapidated building of the MJC Lillebonne in the centre of old Nancy. Our time in Nancy was not as abundant as we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Annick, Lucky you to have spent so much time in that beautiful city. The winter weather is not pleasant, to be sure, but that hardly matters when there is such beauty. AND a great community of genealogists!
We have been to the Municipal Archives of Nancy and have found them to be most pleasant. We were already familiar with their excellent website on which one may view the parish and civil registers of the city, but thought... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
It is clear that La France Généalogique is experiencing a growth spurt that we are most pleased to witness. Over the past couple of years, they have improved their programme of workshops and lectures by both increasing the number offered... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Over the years, we have had recourse to signatures as supporting evidence for French genealogy proofs rather often. There have been some most interesting cases in which a French immigrant left precious few genealogical details, but he or she may... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Many thanks to all of those who sent their comments via e-mail. Just about everyone likes the newsletter of LostCousins. Some have tried it and found matches, but the people never responded (can't really blame the website for that one.) All in all, it seems a success but rarely for those seeking French relations.