Category Archives: European Ancestors

European Ancestors – Understanding France (36) Departments, Districts, Cantons and Communes

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Building on from an earlier post (Understanding France 14). The structure of administration after the Revolution across France changed, and was divided … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (35) – Corsica

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Corsica, an island located in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the eighteen regions of France. The island lies to the southeast … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (34) – Overseas Territories, Empire and Slavery

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Building on from Part 20 where we looked at territories located outside of France; in this part I want to address the … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France & Jewish Migration (33)

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Between 1880 and 1939 more than 110,000 Jews migrated west from central and eastern Europe. They settled, creating a thriving, yet crowded … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (29) Official Name Changes

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Surnames did not become widespread to the 15th Century for the majority of those in France. Those that wanted to change their … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (25) Franco-Prussian War

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Began 19 July 1870 Fighting began in the north eastern part of France; Alsace & Lorraine Soldiers doing military service we mobilised … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (28) French Surnames (Geographical)

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Continuing the French Surname posts from (31) Geographical surnames are a feature of many countries, based upon a person’s residence, perhaps the … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (30) French Surnames (Alias & Dit)

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. In some areas a second surname was likely adopted to distinguish between branches of the same wider family; this was especially so … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (31) French Surnames

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Surnames can be traced back to the 11th Century, but these were not widespread, and it took several centuries for it to … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (24) – Religion and the Waldensians

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Waldensians, known as the Poor men of Lyon were a religious movement from 12th Century which spread to the Alps of France … Continue reading

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