There are some interesting and rather pertinent topics being discussed just now on the blogs of some of the French genealogists which we should like to share.
The excellent Chroniques d'Antan et d'Ailleurs, which we have mentioned before and which is written by Brigitte Billard, discusses DNA tests for genealogical purposes. Only recently here were we discussing the same subject and many comments showed a tad of confusion as to what is or is not permitted in France. Thus, a discussion of DNA testing by a blogger writing in French for French readers is quite interesting, we think. She explains mitochondrial, Y chromosome and autosomal DNA to her readers and the limits of their usefulness. "The tests are not authorized in France, which I understand less and less......one must use a foreign company..." She then lists the companies -- all of them North American -- that she considers worthwhile and gives her evaluation of them. France being a country that reveres intellectuals, she feels most comfortable with the academic Genographic Project and least so with the Google connections of 123andme. In the post that follows, Brigitte discusses the thrill of finding a distant cousin via the test results.
Probably the best blogger on genealogy in Alsace is Antoine Baumgartner, who writes Elsasser Wurtzle. His work is thorough, his explanations clear, his choice of subjects interesting. Recently, he has added much more on his research into Alsatians who went to Argentina, where they are known as Alsacianos. Though he covers mostly personal research, he explains his processes so well that anyone researching ancestors from Alsace would do well to read his blog regularly.
The anonymously written Blog d'une généalogiste does what many a researcher would love to do in writing small stories about the lives revealed in archival documents. Each one is a treasure. There is also much discussion, apparently in response to questions from readers, about professional training for genealogists in France. Reading this blog will not advance your research much, but will greatly satisfy those who appreciate the forgotten people of history.
Good reads all.
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