Agnès Bertrand


French family genealogy


Family genealogy is the study of one's ancestors through one's place, time and family history.

It differs from inheritance genealogy in the sense that we are not looking for unknown heirs of a vacant estate but for people who have practised a profession, made life choices for a given period and through historical upheavals.

The family genealogist allows his client, in addition to establishing the filiation of an ancestor or the knowledge of exciting family events, to be able to exercise his civil rights.

When a family name is in the process of extinction, a name raising procedure allows a person who can prove his or her degree of kinship to the last holder of the name claimed to take this name or to add it to his or her birth name.

The family genealogist intervenes in these legal proceedings by providing proof of the person's belonging to such a patronymic genealogical branch.

The family genealogist will also be called upon to research civil status records and archives, transcriptions, the history of a property, the biography of an ancestor, etc...

It has an obligation of means of implementation but not of result.

Upsetting emotions and unexpected reactions can occur once the genealogist's answer is given: a 90-year-old man who is moved and weeps over a military registration of an ancestor he has been looking for all his life, prison registers detailing the reasons for the imprisonment of an ancestor and finally explaining all the consequences (financial, rejection, shame, etc.). ) hidden over several generations, a family denial about the abandonment of a child or a person in their tree... are sometimes experienced as trauma.

In this sense, there is nothing more alive than genealogy.

It acts as a revealer of links to oneself, reactivates anger, sorrow, joy and also revives hope.

Not everyone is ready to welcome these revelations, this official truth.

Some will choose to repeat their family history while others will opt for reparation and genealogical liberation.

So what do you want to do with them?

What brings you today to browse through the Genealica web lines?