French Roots

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Categories: French Projects.

Will you join us? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag French_Roots, or send me a private message. Thanks!


Work in Progress

This page is currently a work in progress as the goals, tasks, sources, and sub projects are defined.

Please check back often to see new progress made. And if you have a suggestion regarding these topics, please leave a message on this page. Thank you for your patience as we work.


The mission of the French Roots Project is to develop profiles on WikiTree for those who lived in France or its Territories or have French ancestry.

How to Become a Member

  • Post a message on this page or in G2G or message Isabelle Rassinot who will add your name
  • Please add French_Roots as a tag on your profile
  • Badges cannot yet be awarded since this project is not yet official
  • Please check back often as we add new information to our page and check the G2G feed for the French Roots tag. We will be posting more about the Project there.


  1. Isabelle Rassinot
  2. Emma MacBeath
  3. Greg Lavoie
  4. Stéphane Wendlinger
  5. C Ryder
  6. Michèle Calonnec
  7. Jerry Baraboo
  8. Duane Poncy
  9. Karen Tobo
  10. Barbara Petepiece
  11. Michael Sabot
  12. Natalia Loginova
  13. Kyla H
  14. Robynne Lozier
  15. Carole Pancake
  16. Cynthia Gerbig
  17. Nina Flournoy
  18. Judie Heckel
  19. Joan Benton
  20. Arlene Ball
  21. Nicholas James
  22. Julien Cassaigne
  23. Laura Bozzay
  24. Julie Guthrie
  25. Chris Hampson
  26. Mary Bellamy
  27. Robert Wood
  28. Melissa Farris
  29. Cindy Cooper
  30. Josh Perez
  31. Gershwin Stephen
  32. Beth Stephenson
  33. Andrew White
  34. Dan Sparkman
  35. Les Williams
  36. Ross Ashley
  37. Joan Jakubowski
  38. Marie-Lyse Briffaud
  39. Toni Penner
  40. Dave (Horowitz-Larochette) Orovitz
  41. Sammie Denny
  42. Richard Rabbett
  43. Elaina Doucet
  44. Mark Cordery
  45. Cherie Burgess
  46. D Chauffe
  47. James Gavin
  48. Elizabeth Wander
  49. Christophe Ribourtout
  50. C D
  51. Barbara Cutter
  52. Audrey Hancock
  53. Louise Roberson
  54. Dona Floyd
  55. Fritz Maher
  56. Joe Hay
  57. Margaret Culp-Trawick
  58. Jackie (Edkins) Fritsch
  59. Jillian Kern
  60. Suzanne Evans
  61. Laura Jackson
  62. Helena Blomfield
  63. Daniel Nightingale

Task List

Here are some of the tasks that need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • Create a resources section and provide resources
  • Decide what kind of French language resources can be created to help new French speaking members
  • Create a list of target profiles to begin working on
  • Work on related projects such as French Cemeteries or creating One Place Studies for France

Profile Task List

Any improvements you can make to the profiles of the French Roots Project are welcome, but here are some specific goals we're working towards:

For each profile:

  • All duplicates merged into the final lowest profile ID number.
  • Final ID locked, marking the profile as project protected (must be done by one of the Leaders), if the profile meets those requirements--this task cannot be completed until the Project becomes official with a leader
  • Add French Roots template once the project becomes official
  • All relevant categories are added.
  • Parents are correct and documented
  • Biography is cleaned up, free of any GEDCOM junk, Ancestry trees, etc., and ideally has an actual written biography.
  • Children are linked if able
  • Link Profile to Global Family Tree
  • Create City Space Pages and link profiles to city and region categories
  • Make sure that all Département categories are created and include a link for that departement's genealogical resources.


Genealogical Resources for France

A how-to guide of French archives

WikiPedia Source on French Regions

Current projects

  • Source, tidy up and generally consolidate Catherine Baillon's ancestry. (Greg & Isabelle).
  • Improve the profiles for Presidents of France: see of France mini-project
  • Improve French Notables profiles and get them connected to the main tree, see Personnalités Françaises.

Sub Projects

  • Belgium
  • Switzerland (this will be a connected project rather than a sub-project since it has both French and German roots)

Proposed Sub-Projects or Possible Place Studies

Related Projects

The French Roots project intersects with several other projects:

  • Quebecois ( the Quebecois project covers immigrants; the French Roots project covers their ancestors and cousins who did not emigrate)
  • Huguenot (see Quebecois)
  • Italian Roots: Savoy, the former County of Nice, Corsica and Monaco share French and Italian Roots
  • German Roots: Alsace and Lorraine share French and German roots.
  • Jewish Roots and the Holocaust Project
  • Notables
  • European Aristocrats

Bienvenue !

Le but du projet "French Roots" est de développer des profils WikiTree pour les personnes qui ont vécu en France ou dans ses territoires, ou qui ont des ancêtres français.


Voici quelques exemples des tâches à accomplir, pour commencer :

Liste de tâches: amélioration des profils

Une liste des choses à faire en priorité pour améliorer les profils French Roots:

  • Tous les profils représentant la même personne doivent être fusionnés en un seul
  • Ajouter les catégories qui s'appliquent au profil, s'il y en a (par exemple: Morts pour la France, Décorations militaires, métiers...)
  • S'assurer que les parents sont corrects et sont confirmés par des sources adéquates
  • Relier le profil à ceux de ses enfants, s'il y en a
  • Nettoyer la biographie: enlever les liens "morts", les textes inutiles ajoutés par le Gedcom, etc. Idéalement, il faut rédiger une biographie (elle peut bien sûr être en Français), de préférence structurée (naissance et parents / mariages et enfants / décès).
  • Relier le profil à l'arbre global Wikitree


Créer des catégories pour les régions actuelles, départements, villes principales, les cimetières, etc.

Si vous êtes intéressé: postez un commentaire sur cette page, sur le forum G2G (ne pas oublier d'inclure le tag french_roots, ou ben envoyez à l'un des managers de cette page. Emma et Isabelle parlent toutes deux le français, n'hésitez pas !

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On 9 Oct 2017 at 16:49 GMT Betsy (Horstead) Ansel wrote:

Dr. Lewis Derochbrune b. 1660 Ordan Gers, Midi-Pyrennes France to Jean Bernard Philippe DeRoquebrune b. 1619 Ordan Gers, Midi-Pyrennes France and Marie De Palmes De Mercilly, b. 1623 Auch, Gers, Midi-Pyrennes France. Marie's father was Pierre S. DeMarcilly, b. Oct 7, 1571 Chambly, Quebec, Canada (died in France) and her mother was Charlotte C. De Hauteclair, b. 1582 Auch, Gers, Midi-Pyrennes France. Dr. Lewis Derochbrune is said to have spent some time in Barbados prior to arriving in the new world, where he settled in Kent Island, Maryland and set up a physician's practice. There is a genealogical book written about his descendants: "The Descendants of Dr. Lewis Derochbrune of Queen Anne's County, Maryland" - Looking for cousins and info on the area.

On 9 Oct 2017 at 16:44 GMT Suzanne (Chambers) Evans wrote:

Hello Folks,

My grandmother was born in Lille in 1902. According to the New York times her father was Emile De la Salle, however I cannot find a single record. Her name was also Suzanne, I don't know how much I can offer, but I am happy to have found this group. Suzanne

On 9 Oct 2017 at 06:47 GMT Jillian Kern wrote:

Hi there - all my French roots are Alsatian; I'm not sure whether that's best pursued here or in German Roots but would be glad to join the project.

On 9 Oct 2017 at 02:41 GMT Jackie (Edkins) Fritsch wrote:


I have been able to trace my family (Beaudreau, L'oiseau, Chaperon) to French Canada. I have been told they came from France, but haven't found that connection, yet. For the longest time I was mistakenly led to believe Shepro was German, but it had been changed from Chaperon. Go figure.

On 6 Oct 2017 at 04:01 GMT Joe Hay wrote:

Greetings, My paternal 2X great grandfather was Joseph Alphonse Bailly , Born 11 Jun 1852 in La Vergenne, Haute-Saône, Franche-Comté, France (wikitree: Bailly-94).

I have traced my BAILLY line back to my 5X G gf, Henry Joseph Bailly. I live in VA, USA, but am originally from Bayonne, NJ. There is also a Bayonne in France which shares a sister city status with my hometown. In my current research I'm searching for BMD records for my most distant ancestors in this line. I hope someone from France can aid me in my search. Please add me to this group. Merci, Joe Hay

On 5 Oct 2017 at 18:53 GMT Christophe Ribourtout wrote:

Hi all,

I'm French and would like to join this group. I'm searching my ancestors at the moment, and they are from the départements of Yonne, Aube, Côte d'or and Marne so far. I'm quite new but I like it and I could help some people.

Merci, Christophe

On 4 Oct 2017 at 22:47 GMT Mark Cordery wrote:

My ancestors are from Normandy (Eure) I am told. I would like to join your project.

On 4 Oct 2017 at 17:25 GMT Marie-Lyse Briffaud wrote:

I'm french and want to join this project :-)

On 4 Oct 2017 at 15:28 GMT Josh Perez wrote:

My French ancestors were Gascons who came from Hautes-Pyrenees so I would very much like to be a part of this project.

On 4 Oct 2017 at 13:58 GMT Melissa Farris wrote:

Would love to join this project. My grandmother's maiden name is Pankey. Traced the family back to France.

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