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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
Tomorrow we go to the polls again in France, this time for the run-off election for the legislature. All predictions say that the party of the newly elected President Emmanuel Macron, La République en March! (REM), will be the winner.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
Thank you, Dianne!
We do apologise, Dear Readers, for the long silence and thank those of you who wrote with concern. There are times when, to accomplish something, one must bury the phone in the garden, draw the curtains closed, lock the door... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Some time ago, we were contacted by the art historian, Sara M. Picard, to help with research into a French immigrant to Louisiana named Jules Lion. It was such a fascinating case that we were more than happy, nay, keen... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Thank you for this informative comment. One wonders if French or American port records might not survive to confirm your supposition.
Monsieur M. wrote in to ask what "Amnistié" meant when written as a marginal note on a birth registration. The word means "pardoned". Thus, the person was either condemned as a criminal, possibly a political prisoner, or was found guilty... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
The bilingual, English/French diploma course in French Genealogy at the University of Nîmes was inaugurated a few years ago. A year and a half ago, we discussed here its plans for improvement and were grateful to receive your enlightening comments... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Thank you, Ken! Have you tried the glossary?
Many thanks Dianne. It is so nice to know that you find the blog to be helpful.
Thank you, Annick. No, I have not read that one but I will look for it.
Thank you, Linda, it has been a blast!
Time to break out the Veuve! We have been writing The French Genealogy Blog for eight years. In that time, we have offered up to you Dear Readers: Over six hundred posts, nearly every last one of them on French... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Things are in a bit of a tizzy today as all of France goes to the polls for the first round in electing a new president. Here, there is still sanity in the procedures. There are two rounds of voting.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Annick, A letter, and patience. They may ask for the price of the copies and postage, but nothing more.
The Battle of France took place during May and June of 1940 and ended with the fall of France. Many of the military and government escaped to London and there, on the 18th of June, Charles de Gaulle issued his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
We have left The Hexagon for Albion and the Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2017 mouthful of a genealogy extravaganza in Birmingham. It is vast, quite noisy if compared to the archives we usually inhabit, fascinating and quite... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Thank you, Lianne, Some South African sites were covered here: Do, please, send in more!
We remain firm in our commitment never knowingly to reinvent the wheel and to share with you, Dear Readers, such fine blogs by others as we may find which we hope may be of use to you in your French... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Pre-1808 documentation of French Jewish families is rare and not easy to find. While legally required parish registrations in France began, more or less, in 1539, these pertained to Catholics only. Protestants maintained their own registrations as best they could.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Deborah, So very glad that you are finding the FGB to be helpful. Your comment is kind and much appreciated.
Et le prix est à Côtes d'Armor! Merci M. Pellan.
How very interesting, Lisa; thank you for this.
While on our junket to Montbéliard, we visited the offices of the genealogy volunteers association, Centre d'entraide généalogique de Franche-Comté. This is a quite large group with a number of specialised sections for the areas of: Belfort Besançon Dole Gray... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Lee, Thank you. How unusual that your ancestor from sunny Périgueux chose to stay in icy Canada. Statistically, very few people from the Périgord region emigrated. Thank you for commenting.
Linda, What a nice story! It must be every family genealogist's dream to have such recognition. Thank you for sharing it.