Family trees

A few days before heading to Scotland, I took a trip back in time by visiting my maternal grandfather’s birthplace in Normandy and trying to retrace his family tree. Next to the local church, I spotted my great-grandfather’s name on the World War I memorial (with a spelling mistake), as well as the former house of my great-great-grand-father… Using the records available from the tiny city hall, I then found that my great³-grand-father had moved around 1850-1870 from another small village. This stopped my search right away, but coming home I checked on the Internet and found that all records for this village were available on the Web, thanks to a genealogy buff who had transcribed them. I thus went back six generations on the paternal side, up to Simon EUDE(S), born in 1633, who died in 1715… Very exciting! Given that I did go about the same past on my father’s side with François Robert, who was born about 1605 (under Henry the IVth!) and died in 1685, I thus reconstituted (mostly through digitised records) some of my direct ancestry on both paternal and maternal sides up to ten generations. The most interesting part when digging through these ancestral documents are the little pieces of information provided on the side, like the job (“occupation”), mostly labourer, with the occasional farmer and potter, as well as the lifespans of those people (fairly long, rather surprisingly!) and the very small number of relocations in a small geographic area over the centuries…

6 Responses to “Family trees”

  1. […] I for one am rather glad he did not stick to his Old Norse name of Hrólfr!!!) Of course, my Breton genes cannot any more avoid mentioning that Britanny was created as a kingdom close to a century earlier, […]

  2. […] maternal grand-parents as they were children of this terrible war. I have already described in an earlier post how I retraced my grandfather’s lineage from the World War I memorial in his native village. […]

  3. […] looking on the Web for genealogy links, I discovered tonight that the small town from where my grand-father’s family comes has online archives till 1601. So I spent two hours tonight trying to trace back the earliest […]

  4. MONSIEUR le MINISTRE, svp Says:

    Bon ça va! J’ai fait un copier coller ardu du site et cela m’a épuisé!
    Je connaiis parfaitement la théorie des phrases interrogatives, bien que très compliquée: je ne suis tout de même pas italien!

  5. Marine et Jean-Marie Says:

    Voilà une belle histoire! Voilà qu’est-ce qu’être français!
    Vous êtes un symbole de l’identité nationale!

    Il faudrait juste que vous arrêtiez d’écrire en anglais…

    • Commencez par écrire en bon francais (“Voilà qu’est-ce qu’être français!”) et nous verrons… Et puis, Eric, arrétez de vous faire passer pour Marine & Jean-Marie…

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