Genealogy is already a bit of a challenge...
But genealogy in French isn't just about researching in a foreign language.
It's also about knowing the history of the region and knowing how the French system works...
in French is all about knowing where to look.
And in Alsace, it can be a little tricky because documents may be in French, German or Latin depending on how far back you go!
French tend to keep very good records of their citizens, so usually the
information you are looking for is out there somewhere waiting for you...
But where exactly are they?
And will you be able to read it? Quill pens were the standard writing instrument up through the 18th and 19th centuries.
Reading handwritten documents written with a quill pen is a skill that takes a lot of practice. From experience, these documents are difficult to read even when you do understand the language.
This is great! You were right, I would have been lost without your
translation of the documents. Thank you. Well worth the price.
I am going to integrate this into my family tree, and then maybe get back to you to see what else you can find.
Cathy, NJ USA
may be asking yourself "If somehow I manage to find out where the
information I'm looking for is...will there be someone there that speaks
From experience living here in Alsace...
I can tell you that nothing scares most French people like having to talk on the phone in English even when they do speak it.
And I completely understand because speaking on the phone in a foreign language is quite challenging.
also from experience, phone calls are the most effective way to get
anything done in France...especially when it comes to administrative
There are other challenges too...
your family tree in France (and Alsace in particular) requires a good
knowledge of the many wars and nation switching that has happened.
And in Alsace they didn't just change nationalities...
officially changed languages quite a few times since 1871 which means
the names of people and places may have changed a little or a lot.
Sometimes villages disappeared because everyone was killed or forced to move.
not a genealogist, but I have a gift for research and reading old documents. I also know a lot about France and especially Alsace,
so I can help you research some of your genealogy in French.
- I can chase down the location of documents
- I can decipher those documents (like the example above)
- I can find out what happened to that village that doesn't exist anymore.
- And in some cases I may even be available to go to the village and get photos of gravestones and even speak with the locals.
Of course, it would be all the more fun if you can come over for a visit yourself!
And I can help you with that too!! : )
If this sort of service interests you, send me an email and we can discuss it some more...
My rate is 30 euros per hour.
- I don't take on all projects offered to me immediately.
- I only consider work that has potential for success.
- I don't like coming back empty handed : )
- Even if I don't take your project on right away, I may contact you later when I have time or I find something interesting
So tell me more about your project and we'll see what happens : )
Looking forward to hearing from you!
This service is currently not available
As much as I would love to be able to continue to offer genealogy research, my schedule has become too full to allow me to do an excellent job. And it is extremely important to me that I do only my very best work in everything that I do.
I am considering doing a book or some sort of product that will give you a lot of insight into your Alsatian family's history, culture and traditions as I really want you to discover more about your family even if I can't help with the document research.
If you are interested in something like this, please let me know. It will encourage me to know what sort of information you are curious about.