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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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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
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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 4 days ago 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!
There are babies who are well cared for and there are those who are not. There seems to be quite a lot of interest at the moment among French bloggers about children who died when with wet-nurses, nourrices in French.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at The French Genealogy Blog
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 May 1, 2016 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 Apr 25, 2016 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!