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FGB Free Clinic - Case no. 10 - What to Believe? The Tale or the Tombstone? Part 3

As we wrote previously, this case is extremely short on documentation. All that we really have is a grave marker or, more precisely, a plaque on a family tomb. There, however, we have a bit of luck, in the slightly... Read more →


FGB Free Clinic - Case no. 10 - What to Believe? The Tale or the Tombstone? Part 2

The issues that we have with trying to prove family legends about a French ancestor are two: A majority of them are fanciful. As we explained in more detail in our talk on French emigration, many of the family legends... Read more →


FGB Free Clinic - Case no. 10 - What to Believe? The Tale or the Tombstone? Part 1

Some time ago, we were contacted by the writer, Nina Fluornoy, about her efforts to trace her French ancestors who emigrated to Louisiana. Her family had shared stories of a noble ancestress who had been in the court off Marie-Antoinette.... Read more →


FGB Free Clinic - Case no. 9 - Marie Fouyol, Parisian wife of Thomas Mansell, part 12 - Research Bits and Bobs

Poor Marie Fouyol, we have not yet found her origins or her birth place or family. However, this is not for lack of endeavour, for we have not forgotten her. Each time we visit archives where there may be a... Read more →


FGB Free Clinic - Case no. 9 - Marie Fouyol, Parisian wife of Thomas Mansell, part 11 - Fanny Mansell's Sampler

From Monsieur E, we have received the most astonishing of responses to our series attempting to identify Marie Fouyol. He sends us a beautifully told and well-researched study of a lovely sampler by Marie Fouyol's daughter. Read on. Fanny Mansell’s... Read more →


FGB Free Clinic - Case no. 9 - Marie Fouyol, Parisian wife of Thomas Mansell, part 10 - Thomas Mansell's Compatriots

We continue our long and to date fruitless search for the origins of Marie Fouyol, wife of Thomas Mansell. If nothing else, wee are taking you, our Faithful Readers, on a journey of archival sources in France that may be... Read more →


FGB Free Clinic - Case no. 9 - Marie Fouyol, Parisian wife of Thomas Mansell, part 9 - Foreigners' Passport Requests

The omicron variant is sweeping Europe and travel is again being limited. Everyone, including us, is worried that their family reunions for the holidays will have to be cancelled. Instead of being a time of happy anticipation, for most in... Read more →


FGB Free Clinic - Case no. 9 - Marie Fouyol, Parisian wife of Thomas Mansell, part 8 - Next Steps - Know the Sources

To summarize, Dear Readers, we have looked at our few records in a number of ways in an effort to find the origins of Marie Fouyol: We have analyzed the Paris baptisms of three of her children, the burial record... Read more →


FGB Free Clinic - Case no. 9 - Marie Fouyol, Parisian wife of Thomas Mansell, part 7 - Name Study

So, Dear Readers, to date, we have had little luck in our search for the identity of Marie Fouyol prior to her marriage to Thomas Mansell, her place of origin, her parents' names, her supposed first husband, and so forth.... Read more →


FGB Free Clinic - Case no. 9 - Marie Fouyol, Parisian wife of Thomas Mansell, part 6 - Community Context

Context remains our focus, Dear Readers. We have looked at the historical context in which we found Thomas Mansell and Marie Fouyol and at the most complicated geographical context of Paris after the Revolution and during the First Empire. In... Read more →