Is Capedia reliable ?

+2 votes


I am doing some research on one of my ascendent, Françoise de FOLHAQUIER (° 1415). According to Capedia, she is the daughter of Bernard de FOLHAQUIER PEYRIDIER and  Marguerite Jordan JEAN de RETORNADE. But I do not any type of document (like birth, death or wedding record) that "prove it".

I was wondering how accurate were the information in Capedia.

Thank you for your help.


in Policy and Style by anonymous G2G Rookie (210 points)
recategorized by Steve McCabe
Hi Lucile,

Are you asking about?
Thank your you reply.

Yes this the website I found the information from.

2 Answers

+3 votes
I'm not personally familiar with that site, but generally speaking, any site (including ours) is only as reliable as the sources backing it up.
by Dennis Wheeler G2G6 Pilot (542k points)
Thank you for your answer.  That is true.
+4 votes

The Capedia Sources page should help you determine the quality of the information and the database. 

A quick review reveals that there are none.  They mention "the classics," which is to say the doyens of French aristocratic genealogy: Anselm de Guibours (Père Anselme), born 1625; La Chesnaye-Desbois, born 1699; Chaix d'Est Ange, b. 1863.  Capedia, however, are not specific about how they're used.  Along with this they mention "...une sélection des meilleurs ouvrages généalogiques..." with a link that leads back to the same page. More worryingly, another cited source is " participation spontanée de 1,178 passionnés d'histoire et de généalogie." - which is to say that there are about 1200 volunteers that have entered information at random.

I wouldn't cite this site at all, not even as a place to start for research.  It's completely random and there's no saying where anything came from. All the works actually cited (the above authors) are available, I believe, on Google books or Gallica (the digital version of the national library of france at  Père Anselme, ancient though his work is, did make a habit out of quoting original documents at length, so it's worth checking out his rather massive volumes.

by Matt Engdahl G2G6 Mach 1 (13.5k points)
Thank you it is helping a lot!

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