French Roots project now official and accepting volunteers

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The French Roots project is now official and ready to co-ordinate the efforts of Wikitree-ers with French ancestors (those who are not already covered by the existing Huguenot, Quebecois and Acadian projects), or who want to help improve the profiles of French people.

Want to be part of the project?

1. Be informed : start by reading the Project Page and follow the french_roots tag.

2. Contribute: there are lots of ways you can get involved (check the Project Page): correct errors, find sources (France has lots of great records available), categorize, improve profiles for French notables... Or participate in one of the sub-projects (Catherine de Baillon, French Notables, Presidents of France or the new Departments project).

If you are ready to help, please post an answer to this question to tell us what you'd like to do, and you'll receive one of our shiny new badges.

French Roots Project

(EDT: made this the new official join thread)

asked in Requests for Project Volunteers by Isabelle Rassinot G2G6 Pilot (169k points)
retagged by Isabelle Rassinot
My 3rd great grandparents are Peter Dillow, JR and Phebe Wycoff that married 23 March 1820 in Jefferson County, Virginia. ( now West Virginia)  They removed to Sullivan County, TN after the 1820 Virginia census where they died.. After about 50 years of collective research and running out of records, we did DNA testing at Family Tree DNA since we had run out of records to prove my Virginia lineage.  This is my father's paternal lineage.We matched 35 markers out of 37 markers to prove kinship with testers that descend from Pierre Delon who came to Pennsylvania on the ship Princess Augusta in 1736 that came from Saulxures, Bas-Rhin, Alscace, France.  If it had not been for DNA testing we would never have proven our kinship. All Virginia Dillow's lived on the lease of Peter Dillow, SR in Berkeley County( Now Jefferson County and now in West Virginia. He was born 1757 and died 1851. in Jefferson County. Pierre's family goes by Dillon today while my line stayed with the Dillow surname. Pierre's family stayed in Lancaster, York and now Adams county in Pennsylvania.
Hi !  I believe I have French roots!
I would like to become a volunteer to the French Project.
Comment #2 - I would like to participate in the French Roots Project!
hi my grandfathers family came from france.their orig. spelled name was merlet,and eventually became mellott after coming to america.thanks.
In adding to Pierre Delon's French family  in Saulxures, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France that my Peter Dillow in Virginia matches in DNA testing with consist of marriage, baptism,and godparents in records. Pierre's parents are Jean Delon and Benitte Martin.

Some of the names in the records are :

Nicholas Le Boube, Nicholas Delon, Marguerite Benoit, Michael Benoit, Nicholas Georgeon, Barbe Chrestian, Christopher Charpantier, Marie Poirelle, Odile Dieudonne, Marie Ceublair, Jean Lurhans.

On 15 Sept 1749, Nicholas Delon arrived in Philadelphia on the ship Phoenix. He came the same route as Pierre did on the ship Princess Augusta in 1736 and settled in the same areas of Pennsylvania.

That is as far as I have been able to get more info on families connected with Pierre Delon in France.

I want to help contribute to the deep genealogy on our shared tree. I have added profiles including a few pre-1700 profiles for the Pinaire Family Originating in the Geographical region of Lanans, Doubs, France. The Source for my information on them is the Pinaire Family History. Here is an example profile: Pierre Pinaire (1530 - 1585)  I plan to add more and find additional sources. 


I have several sources for Early French lineages in America. Where do I enter them?
Thanks, Steven. We're always looking for good sources!

If you are aware of sources that the projects are not listing, the best is to contact them (the projects) - Québécois or Acadians for French emigrants to New France, or Huguenot Migration when applicable.Most projects maintain a list of recommended sources - actually, some even have lists of "not recommended" sources, as you know it is sometimes a minefield.

French Roots covers French ancestors as far as possible, but not their descendants in America (or other settlements like Cape of Good Hope), with the exception of descendants of recent emigrants (say 19th century and later).
I too am interested in joining the group.  My mother's ancestors are Decuirs and Dufours.  My father's ancestors are Guillorys and Whitmores.  The Whitmores are originally from England, but the others all arrived in America from France.  The earliest Decuir was Simon Decuir (1620-1660) who lived in Macon (which is now in Belgium).  But his ancestors used a variation of the name, e.g.  Pierre de Cuire (1560? - ?), Valerie de Cuire (1538?-?), and Paul de Cuire (1480?- ?).  On the Dufour side, Jean (Braindamour) Dufour arrived on the Arkansas River about 1750.  I don't know where in France he was from.  As to the Guillory family, Simon Guillory was christened on February 16, 1646 at the church of St. Saver in Blois, department of Loire et Cher, France.  He was the first Guillory to reach the New World and is buried in Sault St. Louis, Montreal Canada.  He died December  6, 1696. Simon's father was François Guillory II, born in May 1606 in Blois Loire-et-Cher, France.  A number of my ancestors on both sides fought with Galvez at the battle of Baton Rouge during the American Revolution.  Some on both sides also fought for the Confederacy.  I am interested in knowing more about their ancestors.  I hope to delete some of the ? marks and replace them with real dates.

43 Answers

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C'est magnifique, Isabelle!! Woo hoo :-)

I hope to work on the project by helping with categorization, correcting errors and improving profiles and supporting our fearless leader of course.
answered by Emma MacBeath G2G6 Pilot (502k points)
Thanks Emma. And thanks for all your help in building the project!
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Thank you, Isabelle! I plan to continue my work on Martinique and the Comté de Nice. I plan to work on correcting errors, writing and polishing bios, and so on. As well as researching and adding family lines.
answered by Duane Poncy G2G2 (2.7k points)
Thanks again Duane, And welcome! (officially, this time).
Fantastique Duane!!
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horray! badge please :)
answered by Kyla H G2G6 Mach 1 (19k points)
Welcome again Kyla! And thanks for great work you've already done with Catherine de Baillon's ancestors !
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I plan to contribute in the following ways:

1.  Tag all of my French glass and crystal makers with the new category.

2.  Act as a resource for anyone with French glass and crystal makers as I am an officer in an international organization dedicated to the preservation of information including genealogy and craft making techniques (genverre).  We maintain databases and publish a magazine twice a year that contains genealogical studies of various families.

3.  Help with research as I have access to many of the Moselle records including some not covered by the regional archives.

4.  help with pre-1500 French research as I am pre-1500 certified

5.  Help with Departments Project I just put my name on Moselle

I have several profiles I need to add hopefully after the US Thanksgiving this coming Thursday.  I am booked up until then...
answered by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (386k points)
Hooray! Five times thank you Laura !

Hi Laura, one of my ancestors Hervé Danemont would be in your area of interest, do you have anything on him?


Chris,  I looked in the glass and crystal maker index and did not find that surname.  There is a Danne but that was the closest to it...

I also looked in a database for surname distribution in France and it did not show up on it either

To look him up in archives I need a place and a time period.  I did a quick search on Family Search and only user trees came back.  Which can be wrong but they do give clues sometimes.  8 trees came back with a lot of the same info  All of these would need to be verified.  

There were 291 in Geneanet which is the French version of Ancestry with user donated trees... but sometimes you get lucky and they list sources at the bottom!

This one for example has sources listed
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Sure- I have plenty of ancestors from Alsace Lorraine that I am actively researching.
answered by Beth Stephenson G2G3 (3.9k points)
Great ! There are already many profiles for people from Alsace Lorraine and your help with be most welcome.
My husband's original Bartholow ancestor is reportedly from Alsace-Lorraine.  We have no information on him and wish to learn how to better research his arrival and his prior life data.
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I'm in. I can do work on the department of Vienne (I just added my name in the table), maybe on a few notables, correct errors and add sources when I find them.
answered by Julien Cassaigne G2G4 (4.1k points)
Thanks Julien, I've awarded you a badge.

I've mentioned you can help translating records, since you've already demontrated your skills with that.
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Hello Emma,

Thank you for getting this project up and running. I am very interested in finding out more about my French Canadien ancestors, in particular some ancestral information about the men who married the descendants of my Filles du Roi 7x gr-grandmother, Anne Masson (1642-1710). I do know Pierre Blanchard (Abt. 1734-Aft. 1767) was my 4x gr-grandfather and he emigrated from La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, France circa 1754. He married Anne Masson's granddaughter, Marie Louise Julienne Clement (1737-1795) in that year, However, I have no information for the men who married Anne's daughter (Marie Louise Giraud, 1719-1757) or granddaughter, Marie Louise Julienne Clement.

I look forward to more discoveries!

Barbara (Blanchard) Petepiece
answered by
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Willing to help with research,  correct errors. Would love to find family records
answered by Michael Sabot G2G5 (5.5k points)
Welcome Michael. We certainly need help with errors! Thank you.
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I am glad to be part of this project.  I have L'Acadian roots,  plus those from France.  I seem to have royal blood. i don't know if it is true,  but it is worth finding out.
answered by Fritz Maher G2G1 (2k points)
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Happy to be part of this !
answered by Michèle Calonnec G2G5 (5.8k points)
Thank you Michèle! I believe you would like to focus on the ancestors of immigrants to New France? I see you've already helped with a few of them.
Bonjour Isabelle,

J'ai effectivement  l'intention de travailler sur les ancêtres français des nouveaux québécois.  J'avais déjà bien des données avant de me joindre à Wiki et je dois maintenant y mettre de l'ordre pour respecter la manière de faire.  Je voudrais compléter la lignée des "Dugon" et de leurs alliés, ce qui n'est pas une mince tâche, mais aussi participer avec le groupe  pour faire de la recherche et traduire, le cas échéant.


Merci Michèle!
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I would definitely like to help and volunteer to contribute.  Thanks, Isabelle.
answered by

Hi Ann, do you have a more precise idea of how you could help? It is better to have an idea of this before I award the badge, since we use the badge report to see where everybody is helping. Taking a look might help you find ideas, too. Thanks for volunteering !

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I see my name on the list so I'm in.  The badge would be fine, too.  I work on items 1-9 (would be afraid to touch famous people), but enjoy learning how to better source with French records.  One of my personal to-do tasks is to mark all my immigrant ancestors with the French Immigrants tag.  I could do that for others as well.  How about having our own mini-challenge for a weekend - might help people like me who need to get more comfortable with French sources?
answered by Cindy Cooper G2G6 Mach 2 (22.9k points)
I like the challenge idea, Cindy.  I would join you ;-)
Also like the challenge idea! And there would be plenty to do with fixing locations, cleaning up GEDCOM junk from profiles, adding categories and stickers...

I'm adding you for overall profile improvement. Thank you !
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Many thanks to Isabelle for launching the French Roots project-she's been very dedicated to seeing this through and it's exciting now that it's 100% official.  

I've been working on the first three mini-projects for some time now, and will continue to do so.  For French Notables, I've been able to connect the Edgar Degas, Jean-François Millet, and the Landrieu family.  Hopefully, I'll be able to have continued success in those endeavors.  I'm also looking forward to beginning work on the department pages for Seine-Maritime and Eure.
answered by Greg Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (109k points)
Not to mention coordinating the effort to clean up all those puzzling French-Canadian early ancestors ! Thanks for all your hard work, Greg.
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I would like to work on the Departments area for Guadeloupe, will Saint Barthélemy eventually get it's own page or remain part of Guadeloupe? Either way, I'm still interested in helping in this area.

I currently live in Department 38 and willing to help in this area as well.
answered by Lynnette Dovy G2G6 Mach 1 (10.6k points)
A special page for Saint-Barthélemy would be great! Thank you, Lynnette, and welcome.
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Mais oui!  Would be able to help with research
Please add the badge to my profile
answered by Barbara Cutter G2G5 (5.4k points)
edited by Barbara Cutter

Thank you Barbara! Any more specific ideas of where you'd like to help? Or just general sourcing? It is more interesting to have the info before I give the badge so the badge report is accurate. I know sometimes it's not easy to say beforehand, but it would be very hepful. Thanks !

I already started working on Henri Matisse - just looked at the to do list and I love his work sooo - hope that is ok
Oh that's great - lots of French notables need some tender loving care. Thank you!
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I am ready and willing to assist
answered by Gershwin Stephen G2G Crew (350 points)

Hello Gershwin! As with Ann and Barbara, do you have any more specific ideas? there are lots of ideas on the project page, or you could have a look at the badge report. Thank you !

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So glad this project is happening! I wasn't too sure about becoming an active member, because my free time over the next month-and-a-half will be very limited. I could start by searching for documents at the Archives Départementales, for my friends' families or for "French Roots" WikiTreers who need un coup de main.  And more involvement as time goes on.

(I don't have any French roots, but I live here so that's a root.)


answered by C Ryder G2G6 Mach 1 (17.1k points)
Welcome! Everybody who wants to help the project is welcome. We'll be happy to have your help.
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Salut bonjour mes cousins,

Would love to join since most of my roots are French, and sprawl considerably.

Au plaisir de travailler ensemble.
answered by Bruce Codère G2G6 Mach 1 (15.8k points)

Bonjour Bruce,

I am right in supposing you are looking to correct errors? We have lots of those !

FYI, the French Roots project does not cover people of French origin who lived in New France, those are under the Quebecois or Acadians projects. We do cover the ancestors who stayed in France and more recent immigrants.

Bonjour Isabelle,

De rigueur. Since I'm just starting at Wiki there's lots to learn, and lots of correcting, starting with profiles I manage, car, bon, voila, euh... ahem, bien, oui. So the further I dig the more I find cousins who wandered far or not at all. Seeing who stayed in France will be another level of digging I'll enjoy.
+5 votes
Ready to Help .. Happy to Serve .. Pleasure to Learn .. Thank You Isabelle Rassinot ..

Baraboo et Barbeau et Barbot et Barbu et Barbeaux et Barbaut et Barbaud dit Boisdore dit Poitevin dit LaForest dit Burren dit Bruyere .... etc
answered by Jerry Baraboo G2G6 Pilot (418k points)
Thank you Jerry, welcome!
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I'm late but please, give me a badge quand même ! I will categorize my numerous french ancestors and contribute to the departments project (and invite my french cousins to join Wikitree !). Encore une fois, thank you Isabelle, Emma and Greg for the work !
answered by Stéphane Wendlinger G2G Crew (810 points)
Bienvenue ! Et merci pour votre travail.
Ah! Bienvenue encore Stéphane.  Vous n'êtes jamais en retard!

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