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The publishers of "Votre Généalogie" have launched this month a new magazine," Généalogique".  It is of half-size format and runs to seventy pages in full colour. Many of the names of the editorial staff also appear on the list of staff on the parent magazine. So what is the difference? In her first editorial, the editor, Emilie di Vincenzo,  announces that the aim of the new publication  is to be, above all, practical. 

Unavoidably, there is some repetition of what is found in all French genealogy magazines: news reports from the various genealogy circles and associations, dates of their conferences and events around the country, and reports on developments in the departmental archives. There is also, in this inaugural issue, a number of articles on the basics of genealogy and research:

  • how to start researching via the internet, with recommended websites
  • how to set up one's first data base, using the programme Généatique 2010
  • explanations of the national and departmental archives, their organisation and location, and the classification system of Series
  • the obligatory article on paleography
  • an introduction to family documents
  • a brief lexicon of terms
  • an article entitled "First Steps in Genealogy"

All of the above is somewhat cursory and repeats what has been published in "Votre Généalogie". More interesting is a series of articles on genealogy in Bretagne, including an intereview with Jean-François Pellan, the president of the quite large Centre Généalogique du Finistère, and an exploration of Breton clog-making down the years.

Onomastique would seem to be the study of names. The magazine has a staff member devoted exclusively to the subject -- an onomasticien? --  and promises regular articles on French naming practices and traditions. The first article is about the ten most common surnames in France.

The article on King Tut's DNA seems to wander a bit far from the subject. The article on the genealogical chart artist, Chantal Geyer, is a discovery we appreciate. The "psychogénéalogie" article on unconscious memory lost us, as did the one on "The Alzheimer Garden".

It will be interesting to see where this one goes. Oh yes.

©2010 Anne Morddel

French Genealogy