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I am a librarian and professional genealogist from California living in France.
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We like to think that the genealogy craze that has swept the Americas and Europe is aiding in the democratization of French people. No longer is the subject seen as the snobs' domain, where those who really were without tried... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
There are now two prizes on offer for genealogy monographs in France. One is to be announced at the next Congrès national de Généalogie this October; the other - the Prix Floucaud de La Pénardille et Dr. du Chalard --... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Dan, Have you already searched the Italian birth records for him? There may be something with them. One of the most informative messages I have read about researching this regiment can be found here:
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2015 on Researching a Conscript at The French Genealogy Blog
What a wonderful message for a blogger to receive. Thank you, Lisa.
Many of you, Dear Readers, write that you are descended from Protestants of the region of Poitou. Snappy dressers, apparently, but not always easy to research. We have written often about Protestant and Huguenot research, and it is covered in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Our outdoor thermometer puts the temperature at the moment at 40˚ in the shade at the moment, and our brain pretty much stops functioning at 35˚ but we shall endeavor to carry out our plan of discussing the value of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
We are a bit late with this post and apologize, but we have been enthralled by a first-hand account of the takeover of Geneva by the Huguenots, beginning in 1529, "The Short Chronicle : a Poor Clare's Account of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
We wrote sometime back about the ghastly database ETAREP. It consists of the filmed images of the annual lists of their work that notaires made. For every acte or minute (contract, payment note, loan agreement, transfer of goods receipt or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Yolanda, Thank you! Perhaps we could get a collaborative translation effort goin on this? Any volunteers?
Hello, IB, So far as I know, there is still no fee charged to use your camera.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2015 on Contact Us at The French Genealogy Blog
Eighteen months after the assault on the Bastille prison in Paris, France was still in turmoil. The effects of the many changes were felt even in the deep countryside. Chateaux were being destroyed Tithing was abolished The salt tax was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Well done, Sophie! I look forward to all the future contributions to the Challenge.
Pierre, Thank you so much for this interesting comment!
Genealogy blogger, Sophie Boudarel, who writes La Gazette des Ancêtres, has been running the Challenge A-Z for a while now. We last wrote about it in 2013, when she had fifty participants. The Challenge of 2015 began earlier this month... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
The battle over an index to French parish and civil registrations has been raging for a while, and we have reported the occasional skirmish here on The FGB. To recapitulate a few essential points: Privacy protection trumps freedom of speech... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Our good friend based in Geneva, the genealogist, Isabelle Haemmerle, who wrote here about the Archives d'Etat de Genève, the State Archives of Geneva, and about the International Museum of the Reformation, has sent us so kindly this on the... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Casually, we have mentioned the livret de famille, or family book, previously, when we told of our personal trials and when we mused on French genealogy. Let us expound a bit. Politicians are creatures of reaction and rarely of action,... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Oh, Dear Readers, if one of your French ancestors took to the high seas, buy this superb book. If you would like to find out how to research his or her career, whether in the French navy, merchant marine or... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Oh, we do love municipal archives! Their staff are kind and helpful, bringing to mind the solicitous librarians during the long, summer holidays of our childhood. The archivist in charge of the Archives municipales de Nantes was a paragon of... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Still in Nantes, we have expanded our research and exploration to the Diplomatic Archives in Nantes. First, of course, we had to find it. Address in hand, we were puzzled to find ourself in an empty street, devoid of signage.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Ken, That is so very kind of you to write. Thank you! Anne
We recently made a dash to the coast not to take the sea air nor, most disappointingly, to witness the launch of the Hermione replica, but to burrow into archives, seeking forgotten details of others' pasts. The Departmental Archives of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Dear Readers, can we believe it? Not only have we been writing this blog for six years, we have written nearly 500 posts, which you have been kind enough to read. The quantity of posts has begun, unfortunately to become... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
For those who are tracing French ancestors who went to the United States, our perusals have brought to our attention a nice little article that lists the 2112 French officers, soldiers and sailors who died fighting for the cause during... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Deborah, Thank you . As per below, we really are at a loss as to why Typepad resent this post, but are very pleased that you like it. Thank you!
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2015 on Slick New Site on WWI at The French Genealogy Blog