Isabelle (Rassinot) Martin
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Isabelle (Rassinot) Martin

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Current leader and co-founder of WikiTree's France Project. For more information about the project please send me a private message or post a comment on this page. If you have specific genealogy questions please post them in G2G.

For a list of projects I'm involved in see my badges.

A small part of my family tree is on WikiTree. See here for a more complete version, a list of my family surnames and the locations I've worked on.

Je parle français. Consultez les pages d'aide en français ou contactez-moi par message privé ou commentaire si vous avez des questions.

Isabelle E. Martin formerly Rassinot
Born 1960s.
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Daughter of [private father (1940s - unknown)] and [private mother (1930s - unknown)]
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Cet utilisateur a pour langue maternelle le français.
This user can contribute with an advanced level of English.
Dieser Benutzer hat fortgeschrittene Deutschkenntnisse.
Hic usor simplici latinitate contribuere potest.
Isabelle (Rassinot) Martin is 1/4 Swiss.
Isabelle (Rassinot) Martin is 1/2 Belgian.
Isabelle (Rassinot) Martin is French.




My native language is French.
My level in English has been evaluated as C1 (Effective operational proficiency or advanced) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
I have very basic notions of Russian and Dutch.


Isabelle was featured in a Meet Our Members Post on the WikiTree Blog!

I was born and raised in a small village ouside the suburbs of Paris, France. My father is from the same village; his mother was Swiss-born. My mother, on the other hand, is a true Fleming from Lille, with lots of Belgian ancestors. See where my ancestors lived.

My family tree was started more than 30 years ago with data from my great-grandparents "livret de famille" - the small booklet the mayor gives you when you get married, which is an official document. I thought my great-great-grandma had an interesting name and that's how I caught the bug.

My Badges

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About Sources

Basic hints on how to differentiate a source which you should consider uncertain. This crucial information is unfortunately hidden in the "Uncertain" help page.

This is the baptism act of my earliest known ancestor, Jehan Dagincourt, on 21 May 1584.


Below are a few Notables I connected to the main tree. They are only the result of my connecting efforts; I am not related to any of them.

French notables

Who Why
Gabrielle ChanelFashion designer
Colette Author
Claude Monet Painter
Édith Piaf Singer
Thérèse de LisieuxCatholic nun
Alexandre Dumas, pèreAuthor
Antoine de Saint-ExupéryAuthor
Denis Diderot Author
Emile Zola Author
Louis Aragon, Elsa Triolet Authors
Maurice Chevalier Singer, entertainer
Jean-Paul Sartre and cousin Albert Schweitzer Nobel Prize laureates (Sartre declined)
Johnny Hallyday Singer
France Gall and Michel Berger Singers
Louis BrailleInventor of the Braille writing system for the blind
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Painter
Berthe Morisot and Édouard ManetPainters
Jacques OffenbachComposer
Alfred SisleyPainter
Paul CézannePainter
Camille Pissarro Painter
Pierre de CoubertinFounder of the modern Olympic Games
Ferdinand de Lesseps Civil engineer
René Descartes Philosopher
Michel de Montaigne Author
Simone Veil Politician, Holocaust survivor
Alfred DreyfusMilitary officer, protagonist of the famous Dreyfus Affair
Gilbert Motier de La FayetteFounding father, figure of the French Revolution
Maximilien de RobespierreLeading figure of the French Revolution
Jules BretonPainter
Honoré de BalzacAuthor
Jeanne MoreauActress
Henri BecquerelPhysicist, Nobel Prize laureate
Georges SeuratPainter
Robert and Sonia DelaunayPainters
Claude DebussyComposer
Jules VerneAuthor
Louis PasteurChemist, microbiologist, inventor of several vaccines
Auguste BartholdiSculptor
Jacques-Yves CousteauExplorer, oceanographer
Luis CasadesusPatriarch of the Casadesus family (musicians, actors)
Alfred de MussetAuthor
Alexandra David-NéelExplorer
Rosa Bonheur Painter
Jacques Chirac President of France
Jean Casimir-Perier Politician (President of France)
Alexandre MillerandPolitician (President of France)
Vincent Auriol Politician, President of France
Georges PompidouPresident of France
Albert LebrunPresident of France
Félix FaurePresident of France
Paul d'Estournelles de ConstantNobel Peace Prize winner
Augustin Fresnel and cousin Prosper MériméePhysicist / Author
Marceline Loridan-IvensHolocaust survivor, author
Raymond Poincaré & cousin Henri PoincaréPolitican and mathematician
Michel Ney Marshall of the First Empire
Jacques-Louis David Painter
Clémentine Solignac Supercentenarian

Other Notables

Who Why
Audrey Hepburn Actress
John Singer SargentPainter
Natalie Clifford BarneyAuthor
Farrah FawcettActress
Lili Brik As sister of Elsa Triolet
Joris Ivens Film director; as husband of Marceline Loridan
Jean Seberg Actress
Margaret Rutherford Actress
Stewart GrangerActor
Johnny WeissmullerOlympic swimmer and actor


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Thank you for another great month helping us create 4886 new profiles!
100 Profiles
Isabelle created 201 new profiles during the April 2021 USBH Connecting Challenge.



Thank you for joining the March Connecting Challenge and helping us create 3850 profiles!

100 Profiles
Isabelle created 216 new profiles during the March 2021 USBH Connecting Challenge.


Isabelle, thank you for adding the Migration CIB to the Van Diemen's ones after the recent G2G post, I went to add them and you had beaten me to it! Thanks heaps for your help.

Regards, Margaret

Hello Isabelle,

I wanted to make sure you saw that we're making a last minute change to the Connection Finder theme for this coming Wednesday: I'd love to see who you would put on the list!

Thanks, Abby

posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Thanks for the heads-up, Abby! I'm actually SO relieved I won't have to work on Descartes's biography this week-end, you have no idea (well... perhaps you do, actually!)



Thank you for joining our first ever Connecting Challenge and helping us create 2729 profiles by creating an amazing 244!

You can add the participation sticker to your profile if you’d like. Connecting Challenge Stickers

Thank you for joining the March challenge.


100 Profiles
Isabelle created 100 new profiles during the February 2021 USBH Connecting Challenge.
100 Profiles
Isabelle created 100 new profiles during the February 2021 USBH Connecting Challenge.
25 Profiles
Isabelle created 25 new profiles during the February 2021 USBH Connecting Challenge.
Another request: Gouraud-4, a rather interesting fellow with some interesting connections, who needs help reconnecting to his French family. He may have been born in Martinique, but my only source for that is his Wikipedia profile, not exactly an authoritative source.
posted by Jessica Key
And another who badly needs help: La_Meurthe-1
posted by Jessica Key
Hello Isabelle, I notice you changed a category on one of my profiles from

'Category:Killed in Action, France, World War I' to'[Category:Killed in Action, United Kingdom, World War I.' William Henry Haley was an Australian soldier killed in France. He did not die of wounds in the United Kingdom.

Is the 'killed in France' no longer a category? Thanks, Christine

Hello Christine,

Thanks for your note - the "Killed in Action" (and other similar, Died of Wounds, Wounded in Action, etc.) are to be formatted as follows: "Killed in Action, <Country Served>, <War>"). So, the category "Killed in Action, France" exists, but it is reserved to soldiers who were in the French Army (French soldiers and some of the Foreign Legion). I did make a mistake of using "United Kingdom" when I should have used Australia. Sorry about this. I must say the mistake of using "France" instead of country served is very frequent. We were fixing about 30 profiles with this problem and I must have been too quick. Thanks for understanding, Isabelle

Thanks Isabelle. That makes sense. My mistake was in choosing it from the drop down category choices without checking information about its use, and reading it as 'killed in action IN France'. I may have a few others labelled, but not many, for I hadn't been in the habit of adding categories until recently. Thanks for fixing. All the best for 2021, Christine
Bonjour Isabelle, may I request some assistance with Comte Roger de Perigny? He needs connecting to his French roots: Périgny-23
posted by Jessica Key
Hi Jessica,

I'm afraid I've been under the water and overlooked this. Give me a few more days and if still nothing has moved, feel free to ping me again. Thanks!

Isabelle, please don’t add “tribe” to the Native American sticker. It’s included already in the template, so it ends up saying “was a member of xxx tribe tribe.” Thx, Kathie
posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
Hi Kathie,

Unfortunately, if we do not add "Tribe" then the profiles are automatically assigned to a category that doesn't exist. There is only a category "Coeur d'Alene Tribe" but no category "Coeur d'Alene". Would you please consider discussing this with the Native Americans project? Renaming the category "Coeur d'Alene Tribe" to just "Coeur d'Alene" should eliminate the problem. Thanks, Isabelle (Categorization Project)

posted by Karen Lowe
Hi Isabelle,

We've not yet received a reply from you regarding the message we recently sent about the England Project. We hope you're okay! We realise that your interests may have moved on, however, and so of we don't hear from you by the end of December we'll presume that you wish to be removed from the Project. Of course, you'll be welcome to rejoin us at a later time if you wish :)

Regards, Amy, Lizzie & Joan.

posted by Amelia Utting
Hi Amy,

Sorry - I did not want to respond immediately to the 1st message because it looked very busy with everyone replying at the same time :-) I'm happy to stay aboard, though my activity is hard to fit neatly in a team or county. I work mostly on adding English family to people with French connections (an ongoing project is Philip Hermogenes Calderon, also some notables (I recently completed the great-grandparents for - I have fun doing these things now and then, so no intention to quit. Isabelle

Hi Isabelle, you edited Zyx-2 to clarify that the existence of this person is unknown. Are you aware of any sources, even secondary, that discuss her existence? I have yet to come across anything.

Thanks, Eli

posted by E. Logan
Hi Isabelle :)

It's that time of the year again: check-in time! As England Project Leaders, we like to check in with you every six months or so to see how things are progressing. Back in May, we didn't ask for a response due to the rapid emergence of Covid-19 because we understood that people's lives were changing rapidly. While we are still living in a Covid world, we do need to hear back from you this time around.

First of all, how are you doing? What are you currently working on? Are you happy with the team(s) you're in, or would you like to change things up?

Secondly, we're looking for some feedback on the Google Group and our Discord server. Do you use either or both of these? If you don't use either, why not? Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve participation and collaboration, either generally or for you personally?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Amy, Joan & Lizzie.

posted by Amelia Utting
Merci, mon ami! How are the University of Paris improvements coming along? Au revoir...
posted by Casimer Russak III
Hi. I’m a little confused by the change you made to the One Study sticker on James Greenlees. Are those templates changing? There’s nothing on the One Study page about it. If it is changing will editbot change the rest?

The word "Study" was missing and that triggered a red category. It took me a few moments to figure it out so I'm afraid the change history looks a bit confusing. Sorry about that. There are no planned changes that I'm aware of.

posted by Isabelle (Rassinot) Martin
edited by Isabelle (Rassinot) Martin
Isabelle, for the TV detectives, could we maybe connect Jean Richard or Bruno Cremer for portraying Jules Maigret? I don't know their work. I'll see if they are connected on other trees as I don't know anything about researching recent French people.
posted by Karen Lowe
edited by Karen Lowe
Hi Karen,

Thank you. I think Jean Richard is probably the easiest to connect. I'm looking into that. Jean Gabin is another possibility (3 films, no TV series) but he's really hard to connect.

Hello Isabella,

Thank-you for posting your research for Michel Richard b.abt 1719 in France. Gail

posted by Gail (Rochette) Keefe
Bonjour Isabelle, any possibility of connecting Andree-Josephine Carron, wife of the third Aga Khan?

posted by Jessica Key
Hi Jessica, I suppose you mean to connect her to her birth family? (she is already connected to the global tree as I'm sure you know) I have found more birth information for her (unsourced) but still haven't checked that archives are available. Will try to keep her in mind.
Yes, I mean connect her to her birth family. Merci beaucoup!
posted by Jessica Key
Hi Isabelle, just posted the same question to Natalie. I see you have been changing Category:Source to state specific categories. Is there a place (g2g perhaps) where I can see the structure explained? Whats a directory, etc. I have a few hundred source pages so want to be aware of new standards. Thank you!
posted by Heather Husted
Hi Heather, thanks for asking!

Here is the page: We are doing this following a request (to Categorization) that the sources be better organized. But there are so many of them, we are sometimes creating new categories on the fly. We posted the question in the Categorization project group, but opted not to go to G2G. Perhaps we should have; we were quite hesitant. Anyway the basics are - all pages in "Sources by Name"; then they should be categorized in either a Topic under "Sources by Topic" (list of topics currently incomplete" or a location under "Sources by Location". Of course each source can go in several categories (some have both topics and locations). "Source Directories" is the place where we put pages that contain lists of sources. Please feel free to ask! I'll update the space page with more information.

Hi Isabelle. I hope you’re having a good summer. Remember Brian Epstein? I just accidentally found a connection between one of the profiles in my one-name study (and a distant relative of mine) who married Ada Attersall:

I wouldn’t have predicted that!

posted by Katie Fuller
Nice work, Katie! Of course I haven't forgotten Brian Epstein - that was quite the project. And you've found a shorter connection path for Brian, because now the connection goes through the Coggraves. Woohoo! I bet it's not the last.
Hello, Isabelle

Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

PS: You are one of my favorite WikiTreers!

posted by Pip Sheppard

I found a Quaker wife in family tree. They have her name as Elizabeth unknown I did find books where she listed as Elizabeth Wingfield there mentioned in profile to Quaker records. Is there anyway to see if the Quakers can verify her Birth names. I sure this good reference or source for her. But thought let the Quaker project know what I found see if they can find anything. I am currently trying to contact the Wingfield family society to see if they have anything on her as well. I hope this helps with this profile.

Page 481 History of Cecil County, Maryland: And the Early Settlements Around the Head ...


Hi there 

Thanks so very much for your participation in the Data Doctor weekly Challenge. Every suggestion you cleared (88)  made our Tree that much better. The Data Doctor Team and the WikiTree community appreciates the work you are doing..

Janet Wild

A Data Doctor Project Coordinator - Member of the WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi Isabelle,

Your England Leaders are completing the six monthly check in with all team members. Thank you for all your work on English Profiles and in particular your work in Arborists, Categories and Middlesex Teams.

These are unprecedented and difficult times, and we understand as Project Leaders that your situation may have changed somewhat in the last few months. What we are all able to/ wish to contribute on Wikitree has changed. Please let me know if you are happy with your current role and team choice, or if you wish to do something additional or different. Thank you again on behalf of all the Project Leaders for everything you do.


Hi Lizzie,

I'm happy remaining in the England project. Middlesex is a challenge, but I'm not a "regional" person, so I might as well stay there. I foresee a massive challenge in the cleaning up of London categories, so I might as well stay there too :-) I'm afraid I haven't been much use to England Arborists though, so please remove me from that team (my arborist "talents" are currently focussed on French Canada). One day, perhaps... Thanks for all the good work!


Hi there, Isabelle!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (over 3000!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thank you Isabelle for adding the right category box on my latest new profile family starting with Carrie Selk! I am writing an article about her for my genealogy column in our local weekly newspaper! Looks much better now that you have put your touch on her! Many thanks to you Isabelle!!
Salut isabelle,

tu peux regarder ce G2G svp?

La source qu'elle cite en réaction à la première réponse qu'elle a reçue semble une traduction d'un livre de noblesse, ne sais pas lequel.


posted by Danielle Liard
Bonjour Isabelle,

je m'apprête à traduire la page du projet Québécois, et voulais savoir où je devrais la relier dans le Portail Francophone avant de commencer. Suggestions?


posted by Danielle Liard
A priori, aucune idée... Il faut que je regarde.
Very impressive Isabelle! Where do you find the time? Scott
posted by Scott Lee
Hello Isabelle,

As one of the co-leaders of the European Aristocrats project, I'm messaging to inform you that we are removing the "House Assignments" from our project structure. You are absolutely still welcome to work on the profiles from the families that you chose, we are simply removing the official House Assignments as, for the most part, people choose to work on whichever profiles interest them. We're glad to have you in the project and we hope that you continue to work with us!

On a personal note, thank you so much for your incredible and dedicated work on the French nobility and aristocracy! We value you greatly; you're simply marvelous :)

Regards, Amy Utting

posted by Amelia Utting
Sorry to be so long in answering your request. I would like to remain a member of the France Project tho I have not been very active lately, at anything. Hope to get restarted and do more this coming year. If you want to remove me until I become active and rejoin I will certainly understand.

Thanks, Lynne

posted by Lynne (Amos) Sims
Thank you for updating the category Isabelle. Most appreciated :)


posted by Wendy (Ling) Sullivan
Re: Bruno d'Harcort

Everything I can find on him gives the family name as d'Harcort.

posted by Aaron Gullison
Hello Isabelle, I haven't contributed much to the French project, and don't expect to do much in the near future. I'm always glad to receive news of new profiles, and may decide to re-join in the future. But for now am still mostly involved with the American Midwest. Thanks for reaching out. Constance
posted by C Ryder
Hello Isabelle,

Just a quick note to introduce myself as your new Team leader for Greater London and Middlesex. I have been a Wikitree member for over two years but have been tracing my tree for over 30 years and many lines are from Middlesex and go back pre-1500. I look forward to working with you all to try and reduce the unsourced and unconnected and find more resources. Please don't hesitate to ask for assistance, I'll always try and help. Thank you for your help so far. Valerie Crowley. Team Leader

Hi Isabelle,

Yes, I am planning to remain a member of the France project. I have also sent a response to the requested questionnaire.

posted by Greg Lavoie
Hello Isabelle,

Could you revisit this notional family group and disconnect the unsupported relationships? It appears highly problematic.

Thanks in advance.

posted by Isaac Taylor
Bonjour, Isabelle. I checked and the people at the center of 16th century imposture case of Martin Guerre do not appear to be on Wikitree. I'm speaking of course of Martin Guerre himself, his wife Bertrande, and Arnaud du Tilh, the "new" Martin. Any chance of the French Roots project adding them? You are much more qualified than I.
posted by Jessica Key

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