Researching French ancestry can be very difficult and frustrating. The language and geographical barriers, finding the exact towns your ancestors were from (and you need to know them too), learning to read very difficult and sloppy handwriting, how and where to turn to for help and the time and patience to pursue your goals. Yet …
In your research, you may have come across individuals with seemingly two surnames with ‘dit’ in between them. Quoting from Denis Beauregard’s article from Francogene.com “A “dit name” is an alias given to a family name. Compared to other alias or a.k.a. that are given to one specific person, the dit names will be given …
If you’re searching through the vital records of Belgium at FamilySearch.org you’ve no doubt run into pages upon pages upon pages of documents that seemingly have no rhyme or reason as if someone took a bunch of miscellaneous documents and shoved them in between the vital records. What a mess. What are they? Why are …
Exciting news for those looking for French Canadian ancestors! Family Search.org has uploaded Québec Church records to their server! Not all years for certain parish’s are uploaded, and at this time, they’re only partially indexed. So it is limited in search, but the records are browseable. Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers and Quebec, Births and Baptisms, …
Q: What’s worse than sloppy written records in French? A: Sloppy written records in Latin! In the old European world, the Catholic Church and parishes were the registry for all vital records; baptism, marriage and burial, until the French Revolution that is. Parish Priests were well versed in Latin, and certain parts of France and …
Oh, that dreadful and horrible time! I shudder to think of the depravity the people of France had sunk to during the Reign of Terror. It has been estimated that nearly 17,000 were executed by the guillotine, while others were hanged and other nasty atrocities dealt out to ‘enemies of state’. How grisly!  I’ve always …
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