Well, Dear Readers, we reach the end of this marathon with nothing but respect for the bloggers who participated and produced such consistently interesting writing on their French genealogical work. Below are our selections from the final posts.
- For the letter X, many chose the subject of how it is used to indicate an unknown person. Des racines lozériennes et bourguignonnes chose to discuss anonymous parents in birth registers, or né sous X, about which we wrote here.
- Secrets et ancêtres gives a superb example of the detailed research necessary in the effort to identify a father not named in a birth registration.
- GeneaBreizh reminds us that the letter X in a register can be the abbreviation for the tenth month of the year, in the Julian calendar, which is December. We give that and the other month abbreviations in our French Genealogy Glossary.
- De Branches en branches looks at the mark of X or a cross used when a person did not know how to write their name.
- Généa79 looks at Series X in Departmental Archives, which covers abandoned children, as well as at the issue of unnamed fathers.
- Catherine Livet tells an astonishing tale of the public exhibition of a woman's corpse in an effort to identify her.
- Des racines lozériennes et bourguignonnes surely deserves a prize for the best subject for the letter Y, Yersinia pestis, the plague.
- Une Colonie agricole discussed the Zouave regiments of the French Army.
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