Category Archives: European Ancestors

European Ancestors – Understanding France (3) (Births)

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. After 1792, births were required to be registered by civil officials. Information was believed to be more precise than previous, and generally … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (2) (Paris)

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Following the defeat of France after the Franco-Prussian war 1870-1871, a fire broke out in two locations in Paris, that held copies … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (1) (Census)

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. 1791 was the first population census, but it is rare to find a surviving document from that time. The majority of towns … Continue reading

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European Ancestors Talk to Kent FHS

I was lucky enough to talk to members of  Kent Family History Society on Tuesday evening. The subject matter was Researching in Continental Europe and it is always interesting to hear from those who are researching in Europe and to … Continue reading

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Talk – European Ancestors

I shall be giving my talk, European Ancestors, to Kent Family History Society tomorrow, 1 March 2022. It is my understanding that the talk is available to members only, but non-members can join Kent FHS for the very reasonable £14 … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Not Living in Isolation

Our European ancestors did not live in isolation. They were impacted by: Political decisions Historical events Family decisions in earlier generations Boundary changes, including some that happened in earlier years Religion Wars Colonial measures Quite recently someone asked me why … Continue reading

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Tracing Ancestors from Continental Europe – Pharos Course

Today is the launch day of my new Pharos Tutors course, Tracing Ancestors from Continental Europe. The course takes place over five weeks and is presented as a significant foundation for researching in Europe; Lessons are: 1 – Unfolding the … Continue reading

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Researching Ancestors in Continental Europe (Pharos Course)

Part of the European Ancestors Series For much of the last year, I have been writing and updating my Researching Ancestors in Continental Europe material. The final tweaks have been done, and now the Pharos course is available to book – … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Europeans Beyond Europe – Jewish & German Migration to China

Part of the European Ancestors Series With the rise of the Nazi regime in Germany in the early 1930’s, it was becoming a period of concern for the Jewish population. There had always been Jews in other parts of the world, … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Europeans Beyond Europe – The Holocaust in North Africa and Beyond

Part of the European Ancestors Series By 1942 the Holocaust has spread from Europe to North Africa into the Middle East. There was a mixture of native Jewish rounded up within countries in North Africa and some Jewish that had … Continue reading

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