The Virtual Institute’s next course, “First Steps in French Genealogy: Parish and Civil Registrations of Births, Marriages and Deaths,” presented by Anne Morddel, CG, will begin next Saturday, October 6, 2018. Registration for the course will close Friday evening.
France has required the recording of birth, marriage, and death information since 1539: first as Catholic parish registrations by curates and priests recording baptisms, marriages and burials; then, from 1792, as civil registrations by mayors or civil registrars recording births, marriages, deaths, and related details. Nearly all of these have been filmed and digitized and are available online. This course explains the formats and structures of these registrations, how to extract information from them, and how to interpret it, as well as how to find them and to use them to find more genealogical information in other documentation.
This course is the first of two courses in French genealogy hosted by the Virtual Institute and presented by Morddel. The second course, “French Notarial Records: A Genealogical Goldmine,” will begin in February 2019.
Anne Morddel, CG, is a BCG-certified genealogist originally from Northern California, now based in France, and specializing in French genealogy. She is the author of The French Genealogy Blog, on which she has written over 650 posts solely on the subject of French genealogical research. Her book French Genealogy From Afar is the definitive book on the subject, and she has written many booklets which cover specific issues in French research. Her articles have appeared in BBC Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, Genealogists’ Magazine, Napoleonic Scholarship, and others.