From the Editor
Being able to "cross the pond" is an important milestone for any genealogist. Once you've made that leap, though, sometimes it's difficult to know where to turn for the next segment of research. Below under Recent Posts you'll find my latest article about the basics of archive research in France; if you have French relatives, let me know how you are doing on your research and if you have anything to add.
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Much like state archives in the US, France's departments have governmental archives. Lucky for those of us who can't visit in person, these records are online with free access to view and download. There are restrictions on publishing (in other words, don't upload the records to your online tree), but the interface allows downloads of all of the online records for your personal use.
This free access to the departmental archives is a great way to further your research on your French ancestors. Read More »
I love finding tools that make my workflow easier, and WorldCat is one of the "secret weapons" that makes my research easier and more effective.
As you might guess, WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog and is available online. Instead of searching the card catalog of individual libraries, WorldCat allows you to obtain results from all of their member libraries, which include public, university, and state libraries in addition to sites like HathiTrust. While visitors can search without registering, what I love about WorldCat is the functionality available to registered users. Registering is free and gives users three great tools: favorite libraries, lists, and tags. Read More »