Bernard Vatant

Bernard Vatant

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Bernard Vatant
Born 1950s.
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Son of [private father (1920s - 1990s)] and [private mother (1920s - 1950s)]
Brother of [private sister (1940s - 2010s)] and [private brother (1950s - unknown)]
[children unknown]
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Profile last modified | Created 6 Apr 2019 | Last significant change: 4 May 2019
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Born and living in France
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Maths teacher (1975-1997)

Knowledge Technologies Consultant (2000-2015)

Early adopter of Wikipedia, and one of the first editors of French Wikipedia back in 2001, as attested by

Retired since 2015

Website : (Genealogy and various related stuff, in French)

Research Notes

My aunt Sidonie used to say We inherit seven generations.

I have been able to identify the whole of my ancestors for the first six generations, and I still just miss a handful of them for the seventh. Some branches extend to the tenth generation.

This was made not too hard thanks to excellent online "Archives Départementales" of both Côtes-d'Armor (on my father's side) and Finistère (on my mother's one), all my ancestors over those generations being born, married and dead in those departments, in a limited number of communities. No one of my known ancestors was "notable", most of them beyond my grandparents could barely read or write, and did not sign their name at their marriage, for example. But they deserve nevertheless to have their name in our great family tree.

Moreover, several serious genealogists from Bretagne had already published some parts of my family tree, which saved me a lot of time. I want to credit particularly Yves Hamet who is hosting a lot of my ancestors in his excellent geneanet tree.

I'm in the process to insert all of them in Wikitree manually, and will afterwards double-check the sources and add more precise references to the online archives. Meanwhile, everything can be checked in the online data bases at either (Côtes d'Armor) (Finistère)


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All my known ancestors come from two narrow areas of Bretagne, around Maël-Carhaix (father's side) and North of Brest (mother's side)
I've found so far only one connection of my ancestors to the global tree. Eager to find out more!
Je suis Français
Francophone de naissance.
Not only roots, but the whole tree, at least AFAIK after 1532. Before that, they were Bretons, mainly, I guess.
Genealogy Commons should be available as linked open data!
Wikidata is the core of the linked data web.

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On 19 Apr 2019 at 23:39 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:

That's great, Bernard, and what an honor you do your ancestors.

See you in the branches,


On 19 Apr 2019 at 21:11 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:

Hi Bernard,

This is a courtesy e-mail to see how things are going. Are you enjoying WikiTree so far?

Have the tips in the New Member How-Tos been helpful? Most of us still have some questions after reviewing them.

I'm here to help with issues and questions about how WikiTree works. Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page or send a private message.

Debi ~ WikiGreeter

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On 14 Apr 2019 at 12:06 GMT Butch Smith wrote:

Hi Bernard,

Congratulations on being Pre-1700 certified.

Because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many decendants,coordination is essential. Thanks for joining the FRENCH_ROOTS Project.

Butch - Pre-1700 Greeter

On 6 Apr 2019 at 23:42 GMT Michele Bazley wrote:

Congrats on being confirmed as a full member!

I'm a volunteer greeter, here to answer your questions about WikiTree.

Our New Member How-To pages can help you get started adding profiles or just learning your way around.

Welcome to the community!

Mickey, WikiTree Greeter

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On 6 Apr 2019 at 23:22 GMT Michele Bazley wrote:


This is just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about joining WikiTree. To contact me, click the link to my name, then send a private message or post a comment on my profile page.

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