French Emigrants: They Were Not All Huguenots, or Nobles, or from Alsace-Lorraine — free replay of today's BCG webinar by Anne Morddel, CG, now available for limited time

French Emigrants: They Were Not All Huguenots, or Nobles, or from Alsace-Lorraine — free replay of tonight's BCG webinar by  Anne Morddel, CG, now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and Anne Morddel, CG, "French Emigrants: They Were Not All Huguenots, or Nobles, or from Alsace-Lorraine" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

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One of the great difficulties for people researching their French immigrant ancestors’ roots is that so little is known outside of France about when and why the French left their country. This dearth of knowledge has led many family historians of the 19th century to presume Huguenot, noble émigré or Alsace-Lorraine ancestry for any ancestor with a French name. The supposition became a family legend that then became a research frustration as more recent family historians attempt to prove what was never more than a misguided supposition.

This webinar looks at the many waves of French migration, as well as the three mentioned in the title, from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The historical reasons for when, why and to where they emigrated will provide the key points to bear in mind when conducting research. The bibliography, in English and French, contains not only books and articles concerning French emigration but a list of websites to aid the researcher.

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Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — French Emigrants: They Were Not All Huguenots, or Nobles, or from Alsace-Lorraine by Anne Morddel, CG

Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — French Emigrants: They Were Not All Huguenots, or Nobles, or from Alsace-Lorraine by Anne Morddel, CG

One of the great difficulties for people researching their French immigrant ancestors’ roots is that so little is known outside of France about when and why the French left their country. This dearth of knowledge has led many family historians of the 19th century to presume Huguenot, noble émigré or Alsace-Lorraine ancestry for any ancestor with a French name. The supposition became a family legend that then became a research frustration as more recent family historians attempt to prove what was never more than a misguided supposition.

This webinar looks at the many waves of French migration, as well as the three mentioned in the title, from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The historical reasons for when, why and to where they emigrated will provide the key points to bear in mind when conducting research. The bibliography, in English and French, contains not only books and articles concerning French emigration but a list of websites to aid the researcher.

About the presenter

Anne Morddel, CG, MLIS, worked in libraries and archives in her native California, Europe, South America, the Middle East and Africa. She is now based in France, where she has written The French Genealogy Blog for more than a dozen years, producing nearly one thousand posts about the many aspects of French genealogical research. Some of these posts have been published in book form, most notably, French Genealogy From Afar. She also has spent many years researching American merchant seamen in Europe. Her recently published American Merchant Seamen of the Early Nineteenth Century: A Researcher’s Guide explains how to use libraries, archives and online databases around the world to document the lives of seamen who lived in the early 1800s. She is currently writing a book about the more than 1500 American mariners who were prisoners of war in Napoleonic France.

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French Ancestors? Learn about Bastille Day

BastilleDay

In some cases historical revolutions lead to yearly celebrations culminating in fireworks, parades, picnics, and other celebrations. The American Revolution led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In the United States we celebrate that event every  4th of July. The French Revolution also led to a holiday but in this case the holiday celebrates the heroics and the power of the people as they destroyed a symbol of France’s rulers. France’s  La Fete National or The National Holiday is known as Bastille Day in English speaking countries. This national holiday, celebrated on July 14th, commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789. Celebrations in  France include a military parade that has taken place since 1880. The largest military parade in Europe find French military personnel and the military participants from other countries marching along the Champs-Elysees. 

What was the French Bastille and why was it destroyed? Simply, it was a military fortress and a prison. Although Louis XV locked up those who disagreed or angered him in the Bastille but by the time of his grandson's reign in 1789 the prison only held a handful of prisoners. However, it  had something much more important to the revolutionaries who had just acquired guns. It stored  gunpowder.

The French Revolution was a time of economic depression suffered by France’s citizens with no relief from their  leaders, the privileged and out of touch Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Modern people wrongly ascribe the harsh, sentiment “let them eat cake” with France’s queen as proof of her cluelessness about the plight of ordinary citizens. Although she didn't actually utter that phrase, the actions of the monarchy negatively affected the citizens and the storming of the Bastille  led to the end of the Bourbon monarchy and the execution of the King and Queen which in turn ushered in the French Republic. The Bastille was destroyed and souvenirs of it were shown throughout France as a symbol of the destruction of the Bourbon monarchy.

France

Interestingly enough, Bastille Day isn’t just a holiday celebrated in France. It’s also celebrated in other parts of the world including the United States who benefitted from France’s financial backing during it’s own fight for independence from Britain. In 2018, the bilingual website France-Amerique counted 150 events in the United States celebrating Bastille Day. These celebrations included food, music, and all things French. This Bastille Day I’ll be near San Francisco where they have been celebrating the holiday for 139 years and have a website dedicated to that yearly celebration.. This year’s festivities include French food, a car show, live music and events.

Take a few minutes to Google a major city near you and the phrase “Bastille Day.” Chances are you may find a celebration near you. If you'd rather celebrate from home, consider a family get-together that includes some French inspired Bastille Day recipes.

Learn more about your French ancestry in these Legacy genealogy classes.

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.


New "Member Friday" Webinar - Online Resources for French Genealogy Part III by Paul Woodbury

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Online Resources for French Genealogy Part III by Paul Woodbury

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Online Resources for French Genealogy part III: Succession tables, Electoral lists, Notarial Records, Newspapers" by Paul Woodbury. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Online Resources for French Genealogy part III: Succession tables, Electoral lists, Notarial Records, Newspapers

French genealogy research benefits from some of the most complete, detailed, and well-preserved records in the world. Due to the digitization efforts of many French archives and societies, records commonly used for French genealogy are also among the most accessible. In the third part of this three-part series, explore notarial records, repertoires, records of the contrôle des actes, succession tables and records of the bureau of mortgages to obtain additional details and information on your ancestor’s life.

Online Resources for French Genealogy part III: Succession tables, Electoral lists, Notarial Records, Newspapers


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Paul WoodburyFrom a young age, Paul Woodbury fell in love with genealogy research. To pursue his passion for this field, he studied genetics and family history at Brigham Young University. To aid in his desire to share his knowledge with others, he has also received a masters degree in instructional design and educational technology from the University of Utah. Paul currently works as a DNA team lead at Legacy Tree Genealogists where he has helped to solve hundreds of genetic genealogy cases. In addition to genetic genealogy, Paul specializes in French, Spanish, and Scandinavian research and regularly presents on topics for these areas.

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New "Member Friday" Webinar - Online Resources for French Genealogy Part II by Paul Woodbury

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Online Resources for French Genealogy Part II by Paul Woodbury

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Online Resources for French Genealogy Part II: Military conscription, Census, Maps, Photographs" by Paul Woodbury. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Online Resources for French Genealogy Part II: Military conscription, Census, Maps, Photographs

French genealogy research benefits from some of the most complete, detailed, and well-preserved records in the world. Due to the digitization efforts of many French archives and societies, records commonly used for French genealogy are also among the most accessible. In the second part of this three-part series, explore French census records, military conscription records, maps, photographic collections and newspapers.

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Online Resources for French Genealogy Part II by Paul Woodbury


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Paul WoodburyFrom a young age, Paul Woodbury fell in love with genealogy research. To pursue his passion for this field, he studied genetics and family history at Brigham Young University. To aid in his desire to share his knowledge with others, he has also received a masters degree in instructional design and educational technology from the University of Utah. Paul currently works as a DNA team lead at Legacy Tree Genealogists where he has helped to solve hundreds of genetic genealogy cases. In addition to genetic genealogy, Paul specializes in French, Spanish, and Scandinavian research and regularly presents on topics for these areas.

See all the webinars by Paul Woodbury in the Legacy library.

 
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Legacy Family Tree Webinars provides genealogy education where-you-are through live and recorded online webinars and videos. Learn from the best instructors in genealogy including Thomas MacEntee, Judy Russell, J. Mark Lowe, Lisa Louise Cooke, Megan Smolenyak, Tom Jones, and many more. Learn at your convenience. On-demand classes are available 24 hours a day! All you need is a computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.

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