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I am a librarian and professional genealogist from California living in France.
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Daily life in France is regularly discoloured and befouled by one annoyance: dealing with bureaucrats, les fonctionnaires. They have in France an inordinate amount of power, which they delight in abusing. They are usually rude, abrupt, arrogant, critical and determinedly... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
David and Annick, Thank you both. Cazoulès still seems like the best shot, but Annick has a very good point about looking at Souillac as well. Let's see what Madame M. finds!
Our country home is in Périgord, a beautifully empty region in the southwest of France. It makes for a calming escape from the racket and excitement of Paris, allows for gardening, reading before an open fire and, most importantly at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Monsieur W. sent this valuable tidbit to our e-mail but we thought many of you might be interested. "Thank you for your post yesterday which was, as per usual, very informative. I wanted to alert you, in case you are unaware, that the Departement of Pyrenees Atlantiques has also published most if not all of their notarial record holdings including the actes and repertoires for the French Basque country. These records are somewhat difficult to find on their website, but they are publicly available through their "Minutes Notariales" tab. Currently they are only available for the Basque cantons of the Departement. Thank you for your work in French Genealogy publication and education"
M. Charron, Thank you so much for these two fine proposals. M. Rouyer writes that he is on a research junket at the moment but will follow suggestions and report back soon. Thank you again for these contributions.
If you have found the towns and villages of your ancestors, and if you would like to see a map of them as they were before the Revolution, we have a website for you. César François Cassini, third in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
While we very much miss the lovely old Salle des Inventaires (Room of Finding Aids) that was in the Archives nationales in central Paris, no one can deny that it did have its drawbacks. The books lining the walls of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
M. Charron and Ms. Elmwood, These are excellent suggestions! Thank you. Have you links to some of these resources? Anne
WHEW! Many, many cases have come through and we are not certain of the most elegant way to treat them, so we will just jump in and see how it goes. Monsieur Al Rouyer writes: My great-great-grandfather, Pierre Rouyer arrived... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
The summer hols are over and we are back to work; la rentrée is in effect. Refreshed, we thought we might try something new. Regularly, we receive requests to advise on or help with genealogical research. From these, we can... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
We like to think that the genealogy craze that has swept the Americas and Europe is aiding in the democratization of French people. No longer is the subject seen as the snobs' domain, where those who really were without tried... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
There are now two prizes on offer for genealogy monographs in France. One is to be announced at the next Congrès national de Généalogie this October; the other - the Prix Floucaud de La Pénardille et Dr. du Chalard --... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Dan, Have you already searched the Italian birth records for him? There may be something with them. One of the most informative messages I have read about researching this regiment can be found here:
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2015 on Researching a Conscript at The French Genealogy Blog
What a wonderful message for a blogger to receive. Thank you, Lisa.
Many of you, Dear Readers, write that you are descended from Protestants of the region of Poitou. Snappy dressers, apparently, but not always easy to research. We have written often about Protestant and Huguenot research, and it is covered in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Our outdoor thermometer puts the temperature at the moment at 40˚ in the shade at the moment, and our brain pretty much stops functioning at 35˚ but we shall endeavor to carry out our plan of discussing the value of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
We are a bit late with this post and apologize, but we have been enthralled by a first-hand account of the takeover of Geneva by the Huguenots, beginning in 1529, "The Short Chronicle : a Poor Clare's Account of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
We wrote sometime back about the ghastly database ETAREP. It consists of the filmed images of the annual lists of their work that notaires made. For every acte or minute (contract, payment note, loan agreement, transfer of goods receipt or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Yolanda, Thank you! Perhaps we could get a collaborative translation effort goin on this? Any volunteers?
Hello, IB, So far as I know, there is still no fee charged to use your camera.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2015 on Contact Us at The French Genealogy Blog
Eighteen months after the assault on the Bastille prison in Paris, France was still in turmoil. The effects of the many changes were felt even in the deep countryside. Chateaux were being destroyed Tithing was abolished The salt tax was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
Well done, Sophie! I look forward to all the future contributions to the Challenge.
Pierre, Thank you so much for this interesting comment!
Genealogy blogger, Sophie Boudarel, who writes La Gazette des Ancêtres, has been running the Challenge A-Z for a while now. We last wrote about it in 2013, when she had fifty participants. The Challenge of 2015 began earlier this month... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog
The battle over an index to French parish and civil registrations has been raging for a while, and we have reported the occasional skirmish here on The FGB. To recapitulate a few essential points: Privacy protection trumps freedom of speech... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at The French Genealogy Blog