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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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We were pacing the espace d'attente, or waiting area, of our bank the other day, up and down in front of four uncomfortable plastic chairs. We picked up each of the tattered magazines and each of the shiny brochures encouraging... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The French Genealogy Blog
Cathy, Thank you so much for listening to the podcast. I am glad if you found it helpful. It was a lot of fun to do.
Thank you , Annick! Let's see what Bryna has to add.
Bryna O’Sullivan, the author of this post, is a US based professional genealogist and translator of French to English, specialising in U.S.-Canada, Luxembourg-American, and Connecticut genealogy, and in the translation of historic French documents. You can reach her online at... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
It is our goal to visit all of the different locations of the archives of the Service Historique de la Défense, for they really do contain so much that is so different from what is to be found in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
On this happy journey, we returned to the Departmental Archives of Charente-Maritime, which we had visited previously. The fellow who had reprimanded us for our informality on that last visit was still there, still pushing his trolley, still saying no... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
We had a lovely chat recently with Sandra Goodwin of Maple Stars and Stripes, which you can listen to here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Amazing! Thank you so much for this!
As with all archives in France, those of the Municipal Archives of La Rochelle are divided into two major groups: those records created before the establishment of a new form of government after the French Revolution, the Ancien régime, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
We continue with our discussion of little delights discovered in the Municipal Archives of La Rochelle, which really is turning out to be a revelation of what sorts of things may be found in communal and municipal archives generally. Each... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Hello, Thank you for your message and for reading The French Genealogy Blog. Please forgive the automatic response. I am away for a couple of weeks. I shall respond as soon as I can on my return. Thank you. Best regards, Anne
Toggle Commented May 29, 2016 on Contact Us at The French Genealogy Blog
Monsieur L wrote this via our e-mail: "They were taken at all locations, we call them "Annual Pension" lists and we have followed some families year by year. Seeing how long a man was at sea or the families left and returned in other colonial attempts."
Further to our ecstasies in the Municipal Archives of La Rochelle, there are more lists of people living in La Rochelle who were refugees or deportees from Canada or, later, Saint Domingue and who were receiving government allowances. The list... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Thank you so much for this clarification. To be sure, Acadia and Canada do have different histories and finding the right term for the right person at the right time requires serious attention.
Beth, How wonderful that this post has connected to someone's family history! Cordwainer correction made. Many thanks. Anne
Recently, we had occasion to return to the lovely little city of La Rochelle, which is graced with two excellent archives facilities -- Departmental and Municipal -- and another -- naval -- not far away in Rochefort. On our previous... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
The Java set-up on the ANOM website is maddening, I agree. I just do screen prints. Cmd+shift+4 on Mac keyboards.
A Dear Reader sent this delightful comment by e-mail: "In researching this very issue, I found an ancestor or at least someone with my last name who went to California during the Gold Rush. His occupation was not gold miner per se, but, according to the public records in San Francisco , he apparently applied for the required license and opened a whorehouse. I guess this makes him a very successful French gold miner of sorts."
Many thanks, Pauline! This could help the Dear Reader with his research.
Simona, From what I have seen of the actual files, no, there is no more than what has been filmed and that you can see online. It is just unfortunate that some files are so thin.
We have been contacted by a Dear Reader seeking research suggestions on hunting French prospectors of gold in California. Our own ancestor, a cantankerous and surly fellow by all accounts, was one of a group of enthusiasts from Virginia who... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
Connie, It costs a fortune to scan and upload images, pay for software, indexing and data entry. and to maintain a site. Instead of going to Mauritius to research, why not donate that money to the Archives expressly for their website services? Anne
We always long to attend the National Genealogical Society's Annual Family History Conference but never have yet quite managed the voyage. Perhaps next year. However, it is possible to purchase recordings of the lectures via Playback Now. There are so... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
It is frustrating, but you must either visit the ANOM, near Marseille, in person, or wait until they put the digitized images online via their IREL pages.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2016 on Contact Us at The French Genealogy Blog
Hello, If Gallica have not scanned that volume yet, there is nothing to do but wait. You might try Google Books, the Internet Archive, or Hathi Trust to see if they might not have it. Good luck!