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I am a librarian and professional genealogist from California living in France.
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Our childhood in California was sprinkled with our father's get rich quick enthusiasms. We can recollect playing with toys on the floor when he would burst in through the front door bellowing (honestly, we are not joking) "This is it!... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The French Genealogy Blog
Dear Kristi and Jean-Marc, My depression was neither chemical nor emotional but intellectual, so what helped me was something that addressed my thoughts. Forgive me if my suggestion may be useless. Albert Camus wrote an essay entitled the Myth of Sisyphus in which he explores not suicide but those people who were determined to kill themselves but changed their minds, "who went into the desert but came out the other side". It is bold, brutally honest and very, very lucid and it saved my life. Please take good care, both of you, Anne
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It is really a bit of an astonishment for us that we have come to the seventh birthday of The French Genealogy Blog. Seven years of posts explaining how to research your French ancestors, one book on French genealogy, eight... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
The Battle of Trafalgar was fought on the 21st of October 1805, between the British, under Admiral Lord Nelson, and the combined French and Spanish fleets, under Admiral Villeneuve. The British victory gave that country naval superiority for the rest... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
In our last post, we begged our Dear Readers to make a donation to the Paris World War I Memorial. Many apologies that this turned out to be trickier than anticipated. There are four screens to the process, which we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Patricia, Thank you so much for your encouragement and support! Your Hamelin nut is a tough one to crack but we are still working on it. Many thanks again for such a nice comment.
A few years back, when we first brought out French Genealogy From Afar, our book based on posts from this blog, we received a very snide message from a Dear Reader. "People like you always try something like this, making... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
I agree - the next Challenge A-Z should be very interesting. However, it is sad to see that a few of the bloggers seem to have stopped writing. Let us hope they return!
C'est gentil. Merci!
These are very interesting. Thank you!
There are some interesting and rather pertinent topics being discussed just now on the blogs of some of the French genealogists which we should like to share. The excellent Chroniques d'Antan et d'Ailleurs, which we have mentioned before and which... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
The placard de décès (which we explain in some detail here) was an announcement of a funeral or burial posted about town and was a mostly seventeenth and eighteenth century custom, before the later custom of the faire-part, which served... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Chris, What a wonderful and thoughtful idea. I am sure that the Centre Généalogique Loire-Atlantique would be very interested.
Annick, "Scholarly" may be a bit much for the likes of us, but if it can be of help to others on a similiar search, we should be pleased. As always, thank you for staying with the FGB and for your comments.
We have been asked by a Dear Reader to help discover the origins and meaning of his surname, which is Labrunière, not a common name. We thought that the search process might be of interest to others seeking to answer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
DNA Land is new to us. Many, many thanks for this, Reine. It is most informative.
Thank you Dana, you are very kind.
David, This is very thorough and clear. Thank you! To our knowledge, even with all parties agreeing, a DNA test that would show paternity still requires a court order in France. The concern is not about revealing indiscretions - everyone expects those - but about being able to claim inheritance from an indiscreet parent.
Peggy, Good comment! You and Terri make a similar point. Privacy protection here in France is so strong that it seems unlikely that the law will change any time soon.
Thank you so much for this, Zeph. It is a very clear explanation of the conundrum, so we actually copied it into the post.
Some years ago, we returned to the homeland to visit our mother. She was something of a social butterfly and her house generally was filled with revellers every evening. On this particular visit, we greeted one evening's round of strangers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
We are pleased to tell you, Dear Readers, that you may find more of our writing on French genealogy in the current issue of the BBC Who Do You Think You Are Magazine. Do buy a copy and do write... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
It has been some time since we have written about the Archives Diplomatiques and explained how the French consulates and embassies registered births, marriages and deaths abroad. More recently, we described our visit to the now closed (to the public)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
There is a lovely little bit of historical/genealogical research discussed on the BBC news pages at the moment, about a French letter sent from Paris to Normandy by hot air balloon during the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog