Making French Genealogy Easier

How to Research Your French & Belgian Ancesters
Unlock the Secrets of Your French Ancestry

Unlock the Secrets of Your French Ancestry

Tutorials, Census, Military, Archives & Much More

Let’s Be Realistic About The French Tutorials

In French ancestry genealogy research, there is no magic wand to find and understand French records. Though I might say, the work of others indexing records from towns in different departments, makes it seem like...

1766 Belgium Census -Province of Luxembourg

 In 1766, Belgium was comprised of a collection of Duchies and counties. The 1766 Belgium census (denombrement) was recorded, not by ruling leaders of these counties and Duchies, but by the Roman Catholic church. The...

Explore The Online France Department Archives

We cried “Where can we find French birth, baptism, marriage, death, military and census records?” And then it was so. The France department archives went online and it’s free. A French Genealogy miracle for those...

Where to Find France’s & Belgium’s Military Records

Early French military enlistment records of the “Ancien Regime” (pre-revolution) can be exasperating and confusing for those of us who only know English. Do we understand the different regiments and their functions? Do we understand...

How to Research Your French & Belgian Ancestry

Researching and finding your French and Walloon (French Belgium) ancestors use to be a herculean feat . Where to start, where to look, how to make sense in what you are reading, and how to navigate through the complicated archival websites.

Today’s French Genealogy research has exploded with online search engines and information from numerous websites. With all that, you can still run into prickly brick walls

  • You don’t know the language,
  • You don’t know the town your ancestors came from
  • Deciphering sloppy handwritten old records
  • How to understand what you are seeing
  • navigate through complicated French websites of birth, marriage and death records, censuses and military enlistments documents

Good news is, you can research more easily with the help of my step-by-step how to tutorials. How to navigate through difficult online French archival websites, military enlistments records, census records, and other documents of genealogical value.

And you can do it for free and cheaply.

In 1998, the free Rootsweb website was flourishing, was in it’s infancy, FamilySearch launched, Geneanet was barely on it’s feet and FranceGenWeb was not in existance yet . France departmental archives were not online, as well as most of the French genealogy information. It was only available by writing to the towns and archives. You had to know exact names, towns and dates for your request to be fulfilled. Yes, it was a tedious nightmare.

Sadly, Rootsweb of free information is long gone, replaced by other costly searchable genealogy repository sites. Seemingly, overnight, genealogy became a quite profitable business. These sites do offer an abundance of French and Belgian genealogy information and documents, but with a hefty subscription price tag attached. Genealogy subscription websites are very helpful, I’ve used them, but the rising cost of membership fees for most of them, makes it unaffordable.

You can skip that investment by finding free genealogical records through Geneanet, a freemium and an ongoing collaborative genealogy website, that offers documents, family trees, and additional sources to find your ancestors. FamilySearch , which offers free browsable and searchable digital records of France and of Wallonia Belgium.

Today, France’s Department Digital Archives & Belgium’s parish & civil archives,, FranceGenweb and Gallica Digital Library are all available online for free. These will guide you to find starting points, indexes, documents, and other genealogical information so you can search and find your ancestors. Sounds overwhelming, sounds impossible, sounds time-consuming. My website, with numerous tutorials and genealogical resources, will help you overcome that. You’ll be able to research, to understand, discover, navigate and extract the vital genealogical information from parish, civil, military enlistments, census records and more. My mission is to help you succeed in your French and Belgian ancestry quest.

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