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Researching French records in 7 steps

Keith Haywardhas been researching family in England and France for decades. Here he shares some simple steps to help you get to grips with the records of France

IN SEARCH OF THE FRENCH CONNECTION

Finding family over the Channel

Map of France from the 1790s, published in the late 1800s

LOOK ONLINE SEARCH ON ‘FRENCH FAMILY HISTORY’ AT WWW.FAMILY-TREE.CO.UK TO VIEW AN EXA MPLE FAMILY HISTORY DOCUMENT WITH TRANSLATION & TRANSCRIPTION

When my wife and I first started our family history research over 35 years ago, one of the things given to us by my father-in-law Ronald Victor Wells was a scrap of paper. This stated that the name of his paternal grandmother was Marie Louise Séraphie Notillé, and suggested a connection with the name Opillart, which was supposed to be connected with a department store in Paris. This soon turned out to be at least partly wrong. Reference to the birth certificate of his father Edward Victor Wells showed the mother’s name was Nottelet. The fact we were researching ancestors from France was very much true, however, and here I would like to share a little of my experience of tracing family lines back to France with advice to help you do so too.

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