French Roots project now official and accepting volunteers

+37 votes

The French Roots project is now official and ready to co-ordinate the efforts of Wikitree-ers 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 (210k points)
edited by Isabelle Rassinot
I would also add that if you have concerns about your membership in a project, it's probably best to address them privately with the project leaders, rather than doing so on a welcome G2G post.  The G2G is a great place to ask and answer many things, but sometimes it's more appropriate to engage in private correspondence if there is question as to whether the project is a good fit for you.
Point taken.

Keith Guillory

I understood from communications with Mr Guillory that he no longer wished to join. If he feels he was "not wanted", there has been a major misunderstanding.

"They seem to be more interested in connecting celebrities with kings". I take exception with this description of the project and its members, and invite anyone interested to check the project page or this thread, or this, or this for a few examples of what project members are doing to help. We are not particularly interested in kings, since they are the domain of the European Aristocrats project(s). We do emphasize work on Notables, or "celebrities" to use the term chosen by Mr Guillory and which I find disparaging (pejorative) (I may be wrong, I'm not a native English speaker) but notable profiling is by no means our only activity and many of the project members don't work on this.

Thank you for your response.  If my view of the purpose of the group was pejorative, I apologize.  I will continue to research my ancestors using alternative tools.

Keith Guillory
Yes, I have a lot of sources and would love to join the French Roots Project.

Hi all, for those who wish to join the project please post an answer (on the top message, click "answer") and not a comment. This helps us keep track of the requests so we can make sure we aren't forgetting anyone. Thank you!

Yay! Welcome to the Roots Pool.
I have done extensive research into my French (NICOLLE) side including numerous other lines  going back to early 1600s and Walloon (MORENIER)  families going back to the late 1600s I can extract vital information from old records, look ups from the Archives Departmentals, and correct errors or whatever I can do to help research French Genealogy. I have a website devoted to FrenchGenealogy and how to research.
Greetings Laura Hootman .. I would like to visit your FrenchGenealogy website. What is the address ?

C'est Bon Magnifqiue !
It's a website for those who speak and write English on how to research your french genealogy. It's all free so I think it's ok to post it.

A La French Genealogy

If you see any obviious errors please let me know

60 Answers

+5 votes
My 10th g-g-father was born in Caen, Normandy, France. Jean Vassall-4 was a Huguenot. I would very much like to join the project. I would work errors and find sources.
answered by Gerald Jones G2G2 (2.2k points)
Hi Gerald, Would you like to contact the Huguenot Migration project? They are covering Jean Vassall's profile, French Roots does not have the resources right now to research his ancestors. We would be happy to enlist your help if you're still interested however.
Yes I would.
+5 votes
I am interested in my French heritage. My biological family, Villenave, was from Bordeaux, France. They came to the U.S. in the 1950's. My great grandfather is Pierre Henri Villenave born 13 Jul 1889 in
Bordeaux, Gironde, France and as far as I know didn't come to the U.S. Not sure where to start or dig deeper.
answered by Craig Goligowski G2G Crew (350 points)

I added a dozen of your great-grandmother's ancestors yesterday and a few more today. Her roots are all in Ariège so far. Your great-grandfather was born in 1888 and not in 1889. His family doesn't seem to be from Bordeaux. In which record did you find the family name VAUCLAIRE for Marie GLIZE ?

I found something but I am not sure it's the right couple because the given name of the groom is different.  A Jean VILLENAVE, fisherman, 22 years old, married a Marie GLIZE, 18 years old, in 1886 in Soustons (Landes). 04/MAR/1886. Both of them are natives of Soustons. He was born on March 20th 1863 to Dominique VILLENAVE and Jeanne DASSé. She was born on Marth 25th 1867 to Raymond GLIZE (+1876) and Catherine DOUAN. Raymond GLIZE was a carpenter. In 1886, his widow is a cook in Berson (Gironde). Marie GLIZE is a domestic.

The father of Pierre Henri VILLENAVE is named Auguste VILLENAVE in his birth record in 1888. He is 25 years old and a fisherman = born circa 1867 and his wife, Marie GLIZE, is 21 years old = born circa 1867. She is a day worker.

The father is away and the declaration is made by a midwife (often a source of errors).

I think you should order a copy of Pierre Henri VILLENAVE's marriage record in 1924 to check the full names of his parents.

Jean VILLENAVE had a twin brother Pierre VILLENAVE. Their parents got married on October 2d 1863 in Soustons..
In 1914, his parents are listed as the late Auguste VILLENAVE and the late Marie GLIZE.
My starting info comes from my still living great-aunt Claudine (Villenauve) Bakker. I have added scans of documents she has to her entry. Villenave-5
Thank you but I can't see them because they are protected. Only the thumbnail is open. Does your great-aunt live in France ?
She says she was born Dec 08 1934 in Bordeaux and arrived in the US Nov 18 1954. She lives in Las Vegas.

I asked the municipal civil registration office of Portets if they could send a full copy of Pierre Henri VILLENAVE's marriage record in 1924. I guess there is no chance that your great aunt remembers the birthplaces of her paternal grandparents (dead at least 10 years before her birth). May be she remembers visiting paternal distant relatives in her youth before living to America with her mother.


I have linked those documents Claudine (Villenave) Bakker gave me to Pierre Henri VILLENAVE. I will contact her for more possible information.
I received the marriage record. Parents  Auguste VILLENAVE and  Marie GLIZE both deceased. The father of Anna JEANNOU is dead. She doesn't know where her mother lives.
+5 votes
My first ancestor to Quebec was Nicholas Marsolet who came with Champlain to found Quebec in 1608, according to historian N.E. Dionne. Marsolet was Canada’s first native language interpreter with the Montagnais and Algonquin natives.  He lived with the Montagnais Indians in the fur trade for 25 years.  When Champlain died, Marsolet returned to France, married Marie Barbier and returned to Quebec as one of its 18 founding families.
answered by Cheryl Johns G2G1 (1.4k points)
+5 votes
I would like to join. My 2 times great grand parents are both from France immigrating to the USA. Also have some French ancestors that went to Canada. Will add French profiles that I find as I'm searching for my family. Old French records are a challenge for me as I do not read French. This is a relative new area for me.
answered by Lynne Sims G2G5 (5.2k points)
Thanks, Lynne. I will be in touch.
+3 votes
I have a number of ancestors who come from France.  I am willing to assist where needed.

Rick San Soucie
answered by Rick San Soucie G2G5 (5.3k points)
Thanks, Rick. I will be in touch.
+4 votes
I would like to join the French Roots project.  My paternal grandfather emigrated from SW France about 1900, married a woman in Quebec, and about 1917 emigrated to Florida, USA.  I only found out who my birth father was in the last year, and that I have French ancestry so I'm still working on the tree.  My relatives are also working on our French tree.  A long-time francophile, I'm still adjusting to knowing that I am over 50% French!  Merci!
answered by Susan Wemett G2G Crew (800 points)
Thanks, Susan!
+2 votes
I would like to help with the French roots project because I just found out that I have french through Blanche of Artois my 26th great grandmother and her mother is my 27th great grandmother. I would be interested in helping with Northeast region of France such as Champagne, France, because Blanche of Artois is from that area. Thanks! My husband to be also has French roots through in his family.
answered by Jennifer Brayton G2G3 (3.1k points)
Perfect, Jennifer! thank you for volunteering.
+3 votes
Hi Isabelle, I began asking myself what the purpose of a project is, and if I am right for the project.  I'm "new at being French."  I just found out last year when I had a DNA match with a half-brother.  Prior to that I've been a Francophile but had been told my father was Dutch, so this is very new to me.  My father deceased, my half-siblings don't have much information on the family either so I've been working on the family tree, father's father from SW France (Reignac & Mirambeau, emigrated c.1900) and father's mother's line from Quebec.  I also have French on my maternal side.  I've been learning a lot as I go along but I certainly can use help.  I'm happy to help the project in any way I can.
answered by Susan Wemett G2G Crew (800 points)
Thanks Susan. I'll contact you privately.
+2 votes
I'd love to join this project. My Raymond family is from France.
answered by Elizabeth W G2G1 (1.2k points)
Thanks Elizabeth - I'm sorry for the late reply, this came just when we were all busy with the Source-a-Thon! I'll be in touch.
+2 votes
I would love to join and help any way that I'm able.

My French ancestors trace from SE Texas <- SW Louisiana (St. Martin) <- Martinique (Ste-Pierre) <- Loire valley (Tours/Nitray)
answered by Christopher Dawson G2G1 (1.2k points)
Hi Christopher, we'd love to see you joining our group! I will contact you right away.
+1 vote
Dear Isabelle,

I want to learn more.  The rumors in Canada is both sides if my fathers family lead to France. Lowry and deGraaf possibly de Bourbon (3 brick walls to be torn down) mostly I want to help anywhere I am needed.  I am excited to learn how to run a better project (Lowry name Project)...oh and improve my French in a Parisian manor would be nice too.   It would be great to support and be supported.  P.s.  there are some interesting folks in this project!  Amazing! Pps.  I love reading history on the "royals" too if that helps anyone and I am in Canada.
answered by Tanya Lowry G2G4 (4.2k points)
edited by Tanya Lowry
+1 vote
Please add me to the French Roots Project!  My French ancestors include a Huguenot who came to the Americas to trap and hunt...
answered by David Hughey G2G6 Pilot (239k points)
Thanks David, I'll send you a message.
+2 votes
I am new and have already probably made a lot of mistakes but I am willing to help any way I can. Tell me what you need. I will work on it lol.
answered by Phyllis Sorrentino G2G Rookie (260 points)
Thanks Phyllis. I've sent you a message.
+2 votes
HI, I am researching my various French Huguenot ancestors and would like to eventually develop a project for those expelled from France, tracing where they went and what they did.
answered by Susan O'Carroll G2G1 (1.5k points)
Great idea for a project, Susan! Just sent you a message.
+2 votes
I would love to be involved in the French Roots project. French Genealogy is my passion. My great-grandparents are from Vieux Bourg, Calvados France, and Dampicourt, province of Luxembourg, Belgium. Their names are Jules Alexandre Nicolle and Justine Françoise Morenier. I have done extensive research into all their lines going back to the early 1600s. I can extract the vital information from old French records, do specific lookups in the Archives Departementals, and am willing to do whatever I can to help.
answered by Laura Hootman G2G Rookie (260 points)
edited by Laura Hootman
Thanks Laura - just sent you a message.
+2 votes
I do not have any close ancestry in France, but I am keen to improve my knowledge and experience with French genealogy and also to improve my French reading comprehension. I'd love to join the project! I'd particularly like to work on profiles in Paris and also Mauritius and Réunion Island; my girlfriend was born in Mauritius and has lived in Réunion for many years, and although I'm not going to jump on to her genealogy, I'm interested in working in that region.
answered by Amy Utting G2G6 Pilot (110k points)
edited by Amy Utting
Great Amy, I'm really looking forward to working with you on the project! I just sent you a message.
+1 vote
Already part of the Quebecois project and the filles du roi project. Would love to help in whatever way I can in this one!
answered by Anonymous Grand'Maison G2G6 (6.7k points)
Thanks for helping "Mystery" (I noticed the images added to the Hugo family!). Just sent you a message.
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I'm new here so forgive me if I drop my question in the wrong place.

I'm doing research on Gérard du Buc who was born in Rouen, France, in 1620s or 1630s. He moved in 1667 to Geertruidenberg, the Netherlands. He became a highly esteemed citizen and many records have survived.

He married a Dutch woman: Catharina Crillaerts on 10 May 1671. He died in 1708. The coat of arms is green/red with a fleur de lis and a moon crescent on its back .

I'm grateful for any help to find the exact birthdate of him and the name of his parents. Indeed, all other information on his early years in France are welcome.

Best regards,

Piet de Jonge
answered by Piet de Jonge G2G Rookie (200 points)
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I would like to join this project because I have a lot of pride in my French roots, I enjoy researching, I enjoy helping others. I would like to make certain that every french ancestor has that sticker, their names are spelled correctly, and everything about them is as right as it can be. We need to keep it right. it's all we have left of them.
answered ago by Melissa Greenwood G2G2 (2.8k points)
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Hello Isabelle. I am a recent member, but this is my main area of interest. I have done extensive searches in the on-line French departmental archives for my ancestors and hope to contribute to their profiles. I am also very interested in Catherine de Baillon's ancestry.

Roger LeBlanc
answered ago by Roger LeBlanc G2G Crew (330 points)

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