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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.
Recent Activity
It has been a difficult summer so far. A week of insanely high temperatures has left the garden parched, even after the relief of rain. The garden was then invaded by rats, vile creatures, harbingers of disease, detested. Using no... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
Julie, The Grand Mémorial acts as a portal to other websites. From what I can tell (I have not tested them all) you got lucky with a Departmental Archives website that has more pages in English than the others do.
Hello, Thank you for reading The French Genealogy Blog, which I write. I am a certified genealogist and an author. I am afraid that I do not maintain any archives myself. To find the records you seek, you would have to search on the website of the ANOM: Good luck! Anne AnneMorddel, CG Author of The French Genealogy Blog and French Genealogy From Afar Sent with ProtonMail Secure Email. ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
Done! Thank you.
La Pitié and La Salpêtrière, two of the oldest hospitals in France, were combined in the twentieth century to form the "largest hospital complex in the world". In 2012, celebrating four hundred years since the earliest incarnation of the first,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
There have been many developments in Huguenot research and studies in London since we last wrote on the subject here. We think that, based on the many requests we have had recently from you, Dear Readers, an update would be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Well, Dear Readers, following on from our last post, Les Bleus, as the French national football team is known, have won the World Cup. The final match was rather thrilling and, as one would expect, the country was delirious. Parades... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Cathy - Indeed we can! Thank you for commenting.
In France, when families go on holiday during the summer, it is not all abandonment. Children are expected to dedicate an hour or so every day to school work. From June, the supermarkets and bookshops (yes, bookshops still exist in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Mr. Holland, I am certain that the French government remains grateful to those of the Allies who fought during the two World Wars, as they have shown with the awarding of numerous medals, construction of monuments, etc.. I doubt, however, that the men and women who died in those conflicts would appreciate the way that their sacrifice is constantly used by survivors and/or non-combatants as an attempt to shame the French into satisfying various personal demands. The position of the French government, at the moment, is that the privacy of the living is more important than anyone's curiosity about the dead. Passionate as we may be about our family history, our desire to know more does not, in the eyes of French law, give us the right to invade a living person's privacy. Perhaps that may change one day.
We do love some of the labours of love on the part of amateur historians and genealogists that achieve a level of true expertise, as with our case in point today. Occasionally, someone writes a comment on a FGB post... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
There are so many unsung, rarely noticed and even more rarely praised yet stellar contributors to genealogical research. Sandrine Jumas is one of them. Many have uploaded onto the Internet and indexed extracts of the documents that they have found... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Colleen, I am so glad that the site has worked for you. Thank you for commenting here.
The Ministry of Culture and the hundreds of dedicated French genealogy enthusiasts here have created something quite remarkable in the Grand Mémorial website. It is the central research point for the military documentation on all who served France during World... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Laura, Of course, and thank you. I shall add a link to your fine blog as well, under my Bloga Collectanea heading.
Thank you, Hilly. Your support is much appreciated. What was so annoying about the comment is the assumption that family historians and genealogists are somehow incapable, which I have found to occur amongst them no more often than amongst professionals.
Oh, Dear Readers, we have been experiencing a series of unsuccessful moments of late. Recently, we were told that our suggestions and aids to you in your French genealogical research are "too professional for the ordinary family genealogist". Dear Readers,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
We cannot understand why, but countless times people have written us to ask that we help them to prove that their French ancestors were wealthy. No one seems to want their family's journey to embody the rags to riches story;... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Kenneth, Thank you for the congratulations. Do not despair. Having a name that is not rare increases your chances of finding a family tree online. Lots more cousins, you see.
The race among Departmental Archives to digitise and put online their parish and civil registrations finished long ago. The winners, Mayenne and Seine-Maritime, have had their laurels so long that the crowns have grown dusty and been relegated to a... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
So glad you have found The FGB to be helpful. Have a great time in Montbeliard. Do prepare copies of your family genealogies to share with the local genealogy society. They do so much for free and are so very interested in "cousins" abroad.
Thank you for your comment, Dominique. Which diocese are you researching?
Corey, I hope your research was successful.
The one-woman powerhouse that is the publishing company Archives & Culture has brought out another genealogy guide, or guide de généalogie. To anyone who has researched his or her French roots to earlier than the French Revolution, the thought of... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
I have read your blog, Dianne, and find it quite impressive. You do a lot of deep research, it seems.