If you are like me, you are a little intimidated about doing research in Europe. I've recently decided that the only way to learn is to start small and learn as I go. I have a few ancestors that lived in the area of Alsace-Lorraine which was considered France during some points in time and Germany in others. In many of the census years, my Becker's reported themselves as French so I guess I need to learn something about both countries. I feel more confident about my German research since I lived there for a few years, but the French is extremely intimidating. Luckily, there is a lot of help out there so today I want to tell you about a great blog that will help with researching those family members who came from France.
The French Genealogy Blog has a lot of everything you need to begin your French research. History, records, places, all sorts of things French are explained in easy terms. In regards to my Alsace-Lorraine problems, all I had to do was click that category in the index and there were several blog postings for me to start my learning.
Today's posting on the blog offers readers the opportunity to receive via e-mail, a very helpful .pdf file titled Preparing to Research an Ancestor in France. To get this free file, all you need to do is request it. Send an email to amerigen AT yahoo.com Don't forget to change the AT to the @ symbol! I requested mine this morning and it just arrived! I know it is going to be an asset to my research!