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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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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 yesterday 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 6 days ago 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.
Because much of the popular history of immigration to the United States concerns immigrants fleeing religious persecution, it is tempting to look at the reasons for all French immigrants' departures as being due to the same cause, but they certainly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
For those researching the civil registrations for their ancestors in German-speaking towns within France during the years when the Republican Calendar was in effect (1792-1806), understanding the months can be a bit of torture. So, we thought to share this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Further to our research on the Swiss Mennonites in the Pays de Montbéliard, we visited the small and sweetly anachronistic La Prairie Mennonite Church of Montbéliard. The excellent Madame Boilaux had arranged for us to be met by Monsieur and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
CELEBRATE THE FGB! THIS IS OUR SIX HUNDREDTH POST! For quite some time, we have thought that certain towns and cities in France really have been missing a tourism opportunity which is to welcome and encourage those seeking to research... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
There were land records, but with nothing like the openness or protection of creditors that came with the Revolution and afterward. There is an excellent explanation of the procedures during the Ancien régime here:
We have had quite a few happy successes in locating all of a person's heirs in France by using the the registers of the bureaux des hypothèques. Literally, the word hypothèque means mortgage in English, but the function of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
It is African-American History Month in the United States and Canada and we would like to highlight a most interesting website that helps to trace people who were escaped slaves in Saint Domingue, now Haiti. Bi-lingual and with excellent academic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Susan, When you have gone to the archives or mairies, have they let you see the marginal notes? Usually, they are blocked because, though the acte has passed the limitation date, the notes have not. Anne
Refugees from war, oppression, persecution and cruelty can wander this world for an increasingly long time before they can find kindness, acceptance and help from those who, through a twist of fate, have been more fortunate. An added cruelty to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
We have held off writing about this because we wanted to give it a proper try-out. We have spent the last week or so really putting through its paces and really are so impressed. A couple of years ago,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Thank you, Eva. The disgrace was the same in France, except that marriage and recognition could erase it, which helped the child somewhat.
Around the world, today has been about women, so we have decided to write of a conundrum about women that has puzzled us for some time. For most of the nineteenth century and up until 1922, it was possible for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
We have received a missive from a student of genealogy who is working on her "accreditation for France through the ICAPGen". She asked about specifics concerning the different departments that would be useful for a researcher to know, adding "for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Jude, Thanks so much for sharing your own experience of the fine group in Nancy, AND for your words of appreciation of the FGB. Anne
The new year has begun oddly here in France. Many are down with the stomach flu, le gastro, and many others with serious chest colds, le flu. Night temperatures drop to ten degrees below zero, Centigrade, and jump to twenty-five... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Ah, Annick, All any of us can do is our best and all we can hope for is the best. Thank you for always commenting and for your good wishes for 2017.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2016 on 2016 to 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog
Dianne, Thank you. Comments mean so much to bloggers. Without them, we really feel quite alone in the universe.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2016 on 2016 to 2017 at The French Genealogy Blog