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French National Genealogy Forum—2012

FamilySearch participated this weekend in the 2nd National Genealogy Forum Géné—2012 organized by La Fédération Française de Généalogie (French Federation of Genealogy). The Forum took place at the magnificent French National Archives building, in Paris during the weekend of September 29th and 30th.

The two day event brought over 60 different genealogical societies and organizations from all over France and was attended by over 6,000 visitors. The entrance was free and the surroundings were beautiful (See this 3D view). The organizations who took part in this conference had their stands outside the building throughout the inside courtyard. Multiple conferences were offered to the public inside the building, such as a presentation on how to start your genealogy, presented by Catherine Bas-Dusseaulx (from the Fédération Française de Généalogie), a presentation on Paris notarized archives presented by Marc Durand (from the national archives) and more.

FamilySearch was visited almost non-stop by many French users of our services. Many wanted to discover how to access our collections. It was wonderful to listen to the words of gratitude for the services offered and the enthusiasm to know more about our organization. We appreciate the Fédération Française de Généalogie for organizing such an event and the National Archives for hosting it. Members of the FamilySearch team took an opportunity to visit parts of the Archives building. It was quite astonishing what we saw and experienced. We even got to take a picture of a replica of La Bastille.

The event was a success and the FamilySearch team expresses much gratitude for the local volunteers who came and participated in representing, with them, the organization at the stand.

For more information on all the participating societies and organizations, we invite to click here.