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Old 11.02.2011, 20:23
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Has anyone researched their Family tree?

When I was 16 I lost my Mother suddenly. Of course at that age you are more interested in other things and for some time now I really feel the need to find out about that side of the family.
Sadly, although I have sisters and a brother they had a different Mother so there is no one to give me any information.

Has anyone researched their family? I am especially interested in how I would go about this if a member is from a different country?

My Mother was French -would I need to go to Paris to investigate?

Please share if you have done this and did you have any surprises that you found out about your family?
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Old 11.02.2011, 20:42
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Re: Has anyone researched their Family tree?

I have no idea about France- so I hope somebody can help here. I can understand fully why it is important for you to find more. Bonne chance.

Here is CH family history is SO easy as everything goes through your Commune d'Origine- eg where your family was first registered. Our British children and grand-children are registered there too, and now my OH is a citizen of that Commune, despite the fact we've only been there once.
I also know the Commune d'origine of my other grand-parents, so I could search their family line there.

For me, the biggest surprise was about religion. My father came from a staunch Catholic family, and they went through terrible strife when he wanted to marry my mum, a divorced woman with a child, from an old protestant 'bourgeois' family, in the 40s. My daughter was working as part of a team on a big business/It project in Europe- and found right at the end that her team leader from the US had the same surname as me. They were amazed - and he told her that our family hails from Huguenot stock - protestants who escaped torture and death in France at the time of Louis XIV because of their staunch protestantism! Such irony - I suppose after a few generations, they decided to change religion to fit in and get on, or was it for love?

My OH has 4 different ethnic groups in 2 previous generations - so working out exactly what happened would be very difficult- despite having a very interesting book on the life of his grand-father, a Devon born Brit who emigrated to SA in the 19C.
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Old 11.02.2011, 22:50
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Re: Has anyone researched their Family tree?

Best way to go is do some research with your genes.
https://www.23andme.com/
More and more people are using this service (which has become substabtially cheaper) and are finding long lost relatives or relatives they were completely unaware of.

Test including shipment to and from Switzerland: around 270 bucks me thinks.
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Old 11.02.2011, 23:16
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Re: Has anyone researched their Family tree?

have you try to look with your mother's name on some genealogy websites ?

Or on facebook ?
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Old 11.02.2011, 23:16
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Re: Has anyone researched their Family tree?

There is an on-line service http://www.ancestry.co.uk/ that has some French records, it is a subscription service though and have not tried it myself so not able to comment on the actual service itself. There are a few others also but don't know if they cover France.

Good luck with your search
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Old 11.02.2011, 23:29
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Re: Has anyone researched their Family tree?

they actually have a french site : http://www.ancestry.fr/

another one I use : http://www.myheritage.fr/
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Old 12.02.2011, 07:33
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Re: Has anyone researched their Family tree?

I am not sure if I would go into a manic search...Things are sometimes left the way they are for a reason. I found a great uncle in Toronto who used to play with dad, as kids, before he ran away from the regime, I talked to him, it was nice, especially for my dad, to hear the news. But I'd recommend, when people do this, not to expect some giant changes, nor that the people you find will want to keep in touch. Now with Facebook and all, if you are out there, people who want to contact you usually will.
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Re: Has anyone researched their Family tree?

If you have her details (birth certificate, marriage certificate) you can find lots of information on the internet...

You could also join an online Genealogy site - there are heaps around - this is one example - http://www.genealogy.com/genehelp.html

Lots of tips about how to start...
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Re: Has anyone researched their Family tree?

do you or your father know anyone else in her family? a sister or aunt, something? my mother had done some research to find family that had moved from nicosia to brazil (long story) and on the other side of my family who we knew very little about, but we had relatives on both sides who knew others to contact in each country, this made it much easier. any paper work you still have or things you know about her ( where she was born, school, etc) almost anything can be helpful.

good luck, i can understand the need to find out more about half of who you are- it's normal, i think i would want to do it too and it could be a really fun and interesting game of finding bits and pieces about yourself. i know for my family, it really gave us alot of info into who are- which i think as you get older (than 16 anyway ) is important.
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Old 12.02.2011, 07:58
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Re: Has anyone researched their Family tree?

I just registered on another site http://www.geneanet.org/ it's a French one.
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Re: Has anyone researched their Family tree?

Thank you for all your helpful answers

-Amaraya - it is difficult as my father died not long after my mother so there is no one to tell me about the family.

I remember as a child spending a lot of time in France - but would like to find out some answers.

I shall investigate the sites recommended...x
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Re: Has anyone researched their Family tree?

Here's another site: https://www.familysearch.org/
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Re: Has anyone researched their Family tree?

There are several links that might help you on the French government's "archives de France" website. A lot of the information has been digitalised, so you wouldn't necessarily have to travel to France to do your initial search.

Do you know where your mom was born - town (preferable), departement or region? - that's where you'll be most likely to find information offline.

Good luck, and let us know how your search goes!
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