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.
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.
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.
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.
|Gabrielle Chanel||Fashion designer|
|Thérèse de Lisieux||Catholic nun|
|Alexandre Dumas, père||Author|
|Antoine de Saint-Exupéry||Author|
|Louis Aragon, Elsa Triolet||Authors|
|Maurice Chevalier||Singer, entertainer|
|Jean-Paul Sartre and cousin Albert Schweitzer||Nobel Prize laureates (Sartre declined)|
|France Gall and Michel Berger||Singers|
|Louis Braille||Inventor of the Braille writing system for the blind|
|Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec||Painter|
|Berthe Morisot and Édouard Manet||Painters|
|Pierre de Coubertin||Founder of the modern Olympic Games|
|Ferdinand de Lesseps||Civil engineer|
|Michel de Montaigne||Author|
|Simone Veil||Politician, Holocaust survivor|
|Alfred Dreyfus||Military officer, protagonist of the famous Dreyfus Affair|
|Gilbert Motier de La Fayette||Founding father, figure of the French Revolution|
|Maximilien de Robespierre||Leading figure of the French Revolution|
|Honoré de Balzac||Author|
|Henri Becquerel||Physicist, Nobel Prize laureate|
|Robert and Sonia Delaunay||Painters|
|Louis Pasteur||Chemist, microbiologist, inventor of several vaccines|
|Jacques-Yves Cousteau||Explorer, oceanographer|
|Luis Casadesus||Patriarch of the Casadesus family (musicians, actors)|
|Alfred de Musset||Author|
|Jacques Chirac||President of France|
|Jean Casimir-Perier||Politician (President of France)|
|Alexandre Millerand||Politician (President of France)|
|Vincent Auriol||Politician, President of France|
|Georges Pompidou||President of France|
|Albert Lebrun||President of France|
|Félix Faure||President of France|
|Paul d'Estournelles de Constant||Nobel Peace Prize winner|
|Augustin Fresnel and cousin Prosper Mérimée||Physicist / Author|
|Marceline Loridan-Ivens||Holocaust survivor, author|
|Raymond Poincaré & cousin Henri Poincaré||Politican and mathematician|
|Michel Ney||Marshall of the First Empire|
|John Singer Sargent||Painter|
|Natalie Clifford Barney||Author|
|Lili Brik||As sister of Elsa Triolet|
|Joris Ivens||Film director; as husband of Marceline Loridan|
|Johnny Weissmuller||Olympic swimmer and actor|