L'Association La France Généalogique, Centre d'Entraide Généalogique de France, (CEGF) is a mutual aid society for French genealogy. It once had grand quarters but now is in a rather small room on the first floor of a building surrounded by Chinese restaurants near the Opéra. When they made the move, they had to give up a large part of their unique library, which is a pity for they had been collecting for a very long time.
The CEGF is essentially a national genealogy group or cercle généalogique, operating solely as a volunteer organisation. We have not been in France long enough to know if there may not be some tension between the CEGF, which publishes summaries of all of the publications of all of the genealogy groups of France, and the FFG (Fédération Française de Généalogie) which is the umbrella organisation for the genealogy groups and which also organises a big get together every two years, and runs Bigenet.fr. We will never be in France long enough to understand just where rivalry does or does not occur. Until it is too late.
The CEGF open their library to visitors, and the volunteers truly try to be helpful, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from two to five o'clock in the afternoon. Sad to say, the portly may not be able to fit into the room. nevertheless, all are welcome and the enthusiasm for genealogy is high. For those who cannot visit in person, the website is quite useful. Go to the page entitled Numéric
Once there, click on fichiers patronymiques et catalogues:
This brings you to all that the CEGF have indexed:
- An alphabetical list of all families on which they have information, and the department number for that family
- A list of all the families for which they have a genealogy tree on file - this is by far what we find most useful, for the collection is built from genealogy trees donated by members from all over the world
- A list of names collected by one of the association's prior presidents - generally of noble families
- An extract of the names of those who died in Paris from 1788 to 1859, made before the Paris departmental archives went online and quite a lot easier to read
- A list of all the names that appear in the notarial records of Paris (held at the Archives nationales) from 1780 to 1790. We wish they would expand on this as even the archives have no such index to names
- Their library catalogue
- An alphabetical listing of the titles of all articles which have appeared in their publication "La Revue".
For certain uses, a very handy site. Should you wish to thank them for all that they offer for free, send a copy of your French family genealogy trees or reports, that they might add them to their collection.
La France Généalogique
12 rue Chabanais
Métro: Pyramides or 4 Septembre
telephone: (+33) 01 40 41 99 09
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