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Genco 2012 - A Local Genealogy Get Together

Genco-2012
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We recently had the opportunity to attend a local genealogy gathering, in Brive-la-Gaillarde, capital of Corrèze. At such a gathering, or forum de généalogie, as is the term here, representatives of genealogy cercles, or associations, set up stands in a hall or garden and offer to help anyone researching in their department. A couple of years ago (Heavens! Have we really been writing this blog so long?) we wrote of such a forum at the national level in Paris, Géné@2010.  
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The cercles are generous with their time and resources. They come with computers laden with data bases. They display copies of their publication. They bring their impressive expertise and a kind willingness to share. In this way, they help people who cannot travel to various Departmental Archives to do research and those who have hit a brick wall in their research. Members of the various cercles will give a couple of hours of free advice and suggestions; they will search their data bases of details extracted (and alphabetized!) from parish and civil registrations and print out the results at no cost. A forum généalogique is a rather lovely example of human sharing and unselfishness.
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Forum stands
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At this forum in Brive, we were pleasantly taken aback at the number and size of stands at what is really only a regional event. There were 156 stands. To be sure, some were there to present the works of local authors, not all of whom were writers on genealogical subjects. Others presented local crafts, such as truffle hunting, paper making and -- our favourite of the day -- basket weaving.
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Basketry
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There were talks as well. Madame Marie Odile Mergnac, probably the most published author in French genealogy, explained the use of cadastres in genealogy. Monsieur Christophe Drugy elaborated upon his book about researching Belgian and Dutch ancestors. There was a competition, which we did not win.
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In our next post, we will tell of some of the more interesting stands and the work of their cercles.
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©2012 Anne Morddel
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French Genealogy

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