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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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Oh, Dear Readers, apologies all round. Has The FGB ever endured such a hiatus? We cannot recall one so long but for those of you who attended our online course, we do hope that you feel that the silence here... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The French Genealogy Blog
Our most recent long silence is due to our refining and perfecting the lectures we will be giving online via the VIGR, entitled First Steps in French Genealogy. We will explain in detail over four lectures how to begin your... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Hello, David, Thank you for your comment. From what I have read "all trace of the Protestants in Metz before the Revolution was destroyed with the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685". Additionally, most inner city cemeteries in France were dug up and moved to outside of the city limits during the 19th century as part of a public health programme. Lastly, in France, graves that are not maintained, that fall into serious disrepair, are emptied, the bones moved to an ossuary, and the plot resold. All in all, I think it very unlikely that you would find a Huguenot grave in Metz. Let me know if you do! Have a nice visit.
Madame B sent this comment about this post: "Thanks for posting this guest story. It is encouraging to me; I, too, have a few ancestry lines where I have run into a wall."
We received this wonderful comment by e-mail from Madame L: "Very inspiring post! I am newly encouraged/prodded to research my brick wall ancestors’ siblings. Thank you Monsieur C for your admirable persistence over 50 years."
Something of a tall order, Cedric! Have you looked at the posts about ANOM for overseas research?
We have received a wonderful guest post from Loyal FGB Reader, Monsieur C, detailing his research of French ancestors in Berlin and Mainz. My success story for today: I have an ancestor Peter Franz Nicolas Bello (1743-1821), who lived in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Many thanks for this book recommendation, Kate.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2018 on Our Book at The French Genealogy Blog
Dear Readers, we have been hard at work on our planned course with the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research entitled "First Steps in French Genealogy". Things are coming along nicely but we thought we might ask you if there are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
A work in progress and an exciting one, this. The Archives nationales have begun to digitize and make available online at no cost the personnel files of the officers of the Marine. "Personnel" is to be understood loosely here. These... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
It has been a difficult summer so far. A week of insanely high temperatures has left the garden parched, even after the relief of rain. The garden was then invaded by rats, vile creatures, harbingers of disease, detested. Using no... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Julie, The Grand Mémorial acts as a portal to other websites. From what I can tell (I have not tested them all) you got lucky with a Departmental Archives website that has more pages in English than the others do.
Hello, Thank you for reading The French Genealogy Blog, which I write. I am a certified genealogist and an author. I am afraid that I do not maintain any archives myself. To find the records you seek, you would have to search on the website of the ANOM: Good luck! Anne AnneMorddel, CG Author of The French Genealogy Blog and French Genealogy From Afar Sent with ProtonMail Secure Email. ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
Done! Thank you.
La Pitié and La Salpêtrière, two of the oldest hospitals in France, were combined in the twentieth century to form the "largest hospital complex in the world". In 2012, celebrating four hundred years since the earliest incarnation of the first,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
There have been many developments in Huguenot research and studies in London since we last wrote on the subject here. We think that, based on the many requests we have had recently from you, Dear Readers, an update would be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Well, Dear Readers, following on from our last post, Les Bleus, as the French national football team is known, have won the World Cup. The final match was rather thrilling and, as one would expect, the country was delirious. Parades... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Cathy - Indeed we can! Thank you for commenting.
In France, when families go on holiday during the summer, it is not all abandonment. Children are expected to dedicate an hour or so every day to school work. From June, the supermarkets and bookshops (yes, bookshops still exist in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Mr. Holland, I am certain that the French government remains grateful to those of the Allies who fought during the two World Wars, as they have shown with the awarding of numerous medals, construction of monuments, etc.. I doubt, however, that the men and women who died in those conflicts would appreciate the way that their sacrifice is constantly used by survivors and/or non-combatants as an attempt to shame the French into satisfying various personal demands. The position of the French government, at the moment, is that the privacy of the living is more important than anyone's curiosity about the dead. Passionate as we may be about our family history, our desire to know more does not, in the eyes of French law, give us the right to invade a living person's privacy. Perhaps that may change one day.
We do love some of the labours of love on the part of amateur historians and genealogists that achieve a level of true expertise, as with our case in point today. Occasionally, someone writes a comment on a FGB post... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
There are so many unsung, rarely noticed and even more rarely praised yet stellar contributors to genealogical research. Sandrine Jumas is one of them. Many have uploaded onto the Internet and indexed extracts of the documents that they have found... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Colleen, I am so glad that the site has worked for you. Thank you for commenting here.
The Ministry of Culture and the hundreds of dedicated French genealogy enthusiasts here have created something quite remarkable in the Grand Mémorial website. It is the central research point for the military documentation on all who served France during World... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at The French Genealogy Blog
Laura, Of course, and thank you. I shall add a link to your fine blog as well, under my Bloga Collectanea heading.