European Ancestors – Understanding France (19) Revolution and Migration

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This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE.

The period of Revolution and migration spans from 1798 through until 1815. During this period there was political, social and cultural changes which very much leads to an exodus from one country to another, and France was no different.

It is estimated that 150,000 migrated from France following the Revolution, spreading across Europe. In the book, Revolutionary Exiles by Jasanoff, published 2010 (pg 49)  “Sweden to Sicily, Portugal to Russia…” There was also migration to the United States, French, British and Spanish colonial regions, some going further still, to China and India.

In nineteen volumes, the Dictionnaire de la noblesse which can be found on the Internet Archive documents numerous family genealogies.

The description from the Internet Archives, (accessed 28 July 2022), along with an example:

“Dictionary of the nobility, containing the genealogies, the history & the chronology of the noble families of France, the explanation of their arms, & the state of the great lands of the kingdom… We have attached to this dictionary the genealogical table, history, of the sovereign houses of Europe, & a notice of the foreign families, the oldest, the noblest & the most illustrious..”

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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