First time users of the wiki constantly send me notes exclaiming their excitement over the wealth of knowledge, tips and links found in its articles.
Recently discovered French ancestry left me with questions of where to begin my research for records in a country new in my ancestral quest. Of course, the FamilySearch Research Wiki was my first thought. What source records could I find online? Not being a French speaker, how could I read the records in language not familiar to me? The wiki had the answers..
France Church Records promised to give me excellent primary sources.
A quick search on the Wiki resulted in 894 articles. They covered a wealth of information to aid in my quest. The first record in the list offered a broad selection.
I was amazed at the number of online records that were mentioned in the articles. I had forgotten that the FamilySearch Indexing project had posted a significant number of French church records in past months.
They contained hundreds of indexed records about my ancestors.
A wiki article explained why the church records are so valuable to researchers and when they were the only records kept for the majority of French citizens.
Are there additional French records online? Another of the articles gave me information about them including links to many sites like the FranceGenWeb Wiki that has a fairly comprehensive list of French records and research aids.
One of the links included a very useful map of France complete with hotlinks to records for all of the various counties.
I found that the Google language conversion tool was very useful when the French language pages were on-screen.
Flush with success, I started adding records to my database. What was the best way to format the sources for the records I ‘d found on FamilySearch?
A quick search of the Research Wiki provided the exact answer and examples.
If you haven’t visited the Research Wiki to help in your own ancestral quest, do yourself a favor and visit it today.