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I am a librarian and professional genealogist from California living in France.
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Indeed, Reine, indeed.
In response to our recent post about the struggles of the genealogy circles, clubs and associations, the president of the Fédération Française de Généalogie, M. Jean-François Pellan, has written to take us to task most spiritedly. His missive was placed... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
Pertinent to our recent post on dying genealogy circles and good news for those researching Alsatian ancestors, the Centre Départemental d'Histoire des Familles (CDHF), which we reported as being on its last legs here, has been born anew as the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
Monsieur J. Has sent this comment by e-mail: I have been associated with my local family history society here in Australia since 1989 and have held a number of leadership offices over that time through to the present day. In 2000 the debate you outlined in your article first reared here and after much convincing we achieved a simple website directing people to visit the Society. Gradually over the years we have placed data online. It is at 2 levels. One for the general public as a teaser to come in to find out more and at the other level, full access for paid members saving them the need to travel. Thus a general public enquiry may find that the Society holds a particular birth record whereas if the member uses the same database they get to see the whole record. The result of this strategy is that the Society has turned around falling membership experienced through the 1990s and 2000s. More revenue from membership means more material made available. Also more members are visiting the library than ever simply because much of the material is not online or is to be found in books and the web site has reminded them of the fact! Now the online exercise was not cheap as we had to hire IT people to do the work because of the complexity but we recovered our outlay very quickly indeed! Once the Society had done all the work we took a recent decision to allow FindMyPast to access the material. The resulting royalties from visits to FMP by people who would never have realised we existed has been extremely fruitful!
Madame M. has written us the following: The internet is wonderful BUT not for the real work that needs to be done. A lot of knitty gritty work with help from others. The internet has been helpful in that. The archives and people from genealogical societies in France who have really helped me. If not for those people and those societies I could not have been able to accomplish some of the things I have done in the past year.
Monsieur B has just written: My two cents worth would be for someone willing and technological to set up a common program for all accredited French genealogical associations that would allow for Internet downloading of proprietary content for $.99, $1.99 and $2.99 - with payment a la Apple iTunes etc. This low pricing and instantaneous gratification would eliminate the present over-priced and labyrinthine genealogical hurdles that isolate the French nation from its diaspora - see the information flow proliferate and watch the coffers grow a hundred fold and more. A charitable grant or profitable private company start-up for the initial funding (please no governmental involvement). I had a dream...
Madame M. writes to us by e-mail: This is exactly the problem our society is facing. We have been "brainstorming" the past few weeks to figure out how to deal with this. We have an excellent website that is free but has a lot of information, we have a face book page which gets activity, we have a journal (filled with good, well-researched articles) that is printed 4 times a year, we have good meetings. I am going to forward this post to our board.
Laurie, It sounds as if you could contribute to a relevant cercle in the Pyrénées as well as learn more about Mouledous. (Had you considered Mouledoux?) Join one and keep them going!
Hilly, Thank you for sharing a fine example of the wonderful, personalised help one can get from the associations. How can we help to save them?
Dear Readers, we seem to have been going against the grain, swimming against the current, bucking the trend, and so on and so forth. For some time, here on the FGB, we have been urging, nay, importuning you to do... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Can anyone help Raylee with this? Is there a Dear Reader in Normandy?
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2016 on Contact Us at The French Genealogy Blog
Suggestions anyone? Sometimes the best thing for this type of search is facebook. Remember that French vital records cannot be viewed until they are 100 years old.So, classical genealogical techniques will not be of much help.
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2016 on Swamped at The French Genealogy Blog
In the past two or three years, we have been contacted by numerous people who have become quite excited by the announcement of the government of Spain that it would award Spanish citizenship to anyone who could prove descent from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Much resentment smoulders concerning the many civilian deaths during the Battle of Normandy in World War II. The need for secrecy meant that no French civilians could be warned and many, many died in the bombings and battles from the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Many apologies for our long absence and erratically timed posts, a situation that will continue for a bit. We are somewhat swamped with genealogy projects. However, we hope that, should we not drown, we will emerge a better genealogist and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
We are still working our way through our reporting on the many fascinating lectures we attended at the 23rd National Genealogy Congress in Poitiers. To be honest, the subject of this post was one we had avoided for many years.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
To date, on the subject of the bilingual Diplôme Université in genealogy offered by the University of Nîmes as discussed in the previous post, we have received comments and suggestions both at the end of that post and by e-mail.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Thank you for responding so quickly, Yvette. The travel to France for the exam is not necessary if there is a French consulate or an Alliance française near to you. Anne
We have been contacted by the good folk who are designing the bilingual component of the distance learning version of the Diploma in Genealogy and Family History offered by the University of Nîmes. We first described the course four years... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
One of the pleasures of the professional conference is, as everyone knows, the opportunity to hobnob. We hobnobbed and in doing so, encountered some impressive professionals with areas of specialization which we think could be of interest to our Dear... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
At the conference, we attended a talk by Monsieur Jean Hervier entitled "La météo à Poitiers sous la Révolution". It covered a broader time period, the forty years from 1776 to 1816, and every one of them interesting. Too often,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
We wish to thank all of you Dear Readers, who wrote to ask as to our safety after the dreadful attacks in Paris last week. We and our family are all well, as are our friends, but not their friends,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
At the conference, we had the choice between a discussion of a Quebecois family, an introduction to French genealogy blogs and Daniel Rocchi's "Les Cartes normandes des XVIème et XVIIème siècles et la Floride, l'apport des cartes de Verrazane (1529),... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Monsieur Conroyd wrote: I have several ancestors who were apparently in the French military, but I will pick one here, of whom I seem to have enough information to make a little bit of an interesting story, though I actually... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
The talk that Monsieur Benoît Jullien gave so expertly seemed to be aimed at explaining the purposes and functions of archives to genealogists, many of whom may tend to see only their own requirements concerning archives. He began by explaining... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog