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My family history in the Channel Islands and beyond!


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DNA Test Kit – mtDNA

 

Maternal Lineage DNA Test (mtDNA)

About a month ago I treated myself to a DNA Test Kit. I selected the Maternal Lineage DNA Test (mtDNA) to start off with. The following statement comes from the DNA information page on Ancestry.com:

‘The DNA handed down from mother to child reveals the story of your maternal origins from 20,000 to 100,000 years ago’.

This subject intrigues me. I look forward to what I will find out and am excited about any unexpected surprises.

I have a reasonably good idea of where my female ancestry comes from but that only dates back to 200 years ago. I know that my Great great great grandmother Ann Mahaut is from France.  I have already written a little about my female ancestry  previously, called Follow your female line!

I felt it was important to try and keep a record of my female ancestry as this

can so often be one of the hardest ancestral lines to trace for many reasons.

It was quite difficult knowing which DNA Testing company to go with. I did have a good look around all the websites. I opted in the end for one where I am already a subscriber to their Family Tree website. I am sure this will not be the one and only test I take or encourage other family members to take for me.

One swab already complete!

It is quite comical how a little nervous you can feel about something that was so easy to do! I have had the test at home for about a week, yet there were two reasons I had taken a little time before I completed the test:

  1. I wanted the house to myself to do it in peace and quiet with no children around – there is no end to the amount of things children can do with the test swabs!
  2. I wanted to wait till after the weekend when my consumption of red wine had disappeared from my system as I didn’t want the results to be affected by the alcohol. (Maybe it wouldn’t have been , but I have a very limited understanding of Science, and just trying to understand the science of DNA tests has been a challenge in itself!)

Anyway, I shall wait for the results and write more about it then… speak to you soon!


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French Digitized Records & Online Databases

Just as you are about to give up, you come across a familiar name and then BINGO! You have found your ancestor! That is what happened to me last night at about ten o’clock. I had recently found a great website which had digitilized records for the Cotes D’Amor area of France (ar mor meaning the sea in Breton)  which was previously known as Côtes-du-Nord until 1990 when the name was changed. To get what you want from it’s records you really need to know the area and date you are searching for first, as there is no option for name search. This can be very time consuming but as I found out late last night it was all worth while!

The website – http://sallevirtuelle.cotesdarmor.fr

  • Name - I was looking for evidence of the birth my great grandfather:  Pierre Jean Baptiste Gosselin
  • Place - I knew he was born in the area Plaine Haute, Cotes du Nord.
  • Date - He was born on the 16 June 1885.

 

Pierre's parents are: Jean Louis Gosselin & Marie Louise Boutier

 

 

The website is in French and although I know some French my knowledge is limited. Luckily Google transalated each page for me.

  1. So I selected the ‘Entree’ button to enter the website which presented you with the alphabet.
  2. I then selected the letter ‘P’ for Plaine Haute – dates from 1575 to 1905.
  3. Next step is to select the option: Registres D’etat civil de 1793 a 1905.
  4. I have to admit from here it was just a lucky guess as you are presented with a whole list of dates. I think I selected Lot 11 as it was the nearest to 1885.
  5. 8 images come up on screen, look for the ones which look like they have a list on them and select that page. Check all lists until you find the name you want. Then try and figure out whether to go back wards or forwards to find your page.

There may have been an easier way to search, but I couldn’t find it.

Anyway, it was all free and all very exciting because I have now found the parents of Pierre Gosselin which means I can now go one generation further back! Also I realise that the date I had was slightly incorrect and may be down to a transcription error from the Jersey Archives. The new birth date was the 26th June, not the 16th. An easy mistake to make because the writing from that time period can be quite difficult to read.

The other extra piece of information on the record is the age of Pierre’s parents, their occupations and names of the witnesses.

 

Names of witnesses: Pierre Oger & Michel Boutier.

 

Now all I need to do is brush up on my french!


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French Genealogy and Family History

Of the 12 surnames I am researching 9 are of french origin. They are Bouchere, Gallienne, Gosselin, Jehan, Le Breton, Le Marquand, Lozuet, Mahaut, and Rabet.  Therefore, I  am having to look around for french genealogical websites and resources. I discovered one today via a Facebook group called The French Genealogy Blog . It covers topics such as:

  • Hidden marriages during the French Revolution
  • Huguenots
  • French Military Uniforms

and many more useful and interesting subjects.


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On this day – Jeanne Marie Rabet was born in 1864

Finding Jeanne Rabet ( my great great grandmother) after quite a bit of research was a very exciting time. Two relatives in the family have Jeanne as their middle name and I have always wanted to know where it had come from. Finally one day a relative hands me over a marriage certificate with her name on. I am delighted, I can now tell my cousin why she has Jeanne as a middle name, we knew that she had been named after our grandmother Grace Jeanne Rabet, but I wanted to know why Grace had this as her middle name too. Middle names are often good sources of information as they are often from another member of the family (parents or uncles and aunties). The marriage certificate also confirmed for me the husbands name, Yves Marie Rabet and their father’s names. Here is Jeanne’s timeline and what I have found out so far:

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I took this photo of the town sign on a visit to Ploeuc in January 2011. It was freezing cold and I went there by car, which was a lot more comfortable than how Jeanne would have made the journey to St. Malo. It would have taken maybe a day by horse and cart.

1864 - Jeanne was born on the 4 September 1864 in Ploeuc, Cotes du Nord, France. (The name Cotes du Nord was changed in 1990 to ‘Cotes d’Amor’ – Wikipedia)

1880 - Jeanne arrived in U.K.

1885 - Jeanne marries Yves Rabet (a Labourer also born in Ploeuc) in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands in the presence of Francois Rabet & Marie Rowland.

Marriage certificate

1896 - Jeanne gives birth to son Raymond Frank Rabet in Trinity, Jersey. (There may have been other children born before Raymond).

1899 - Jeanne gives birth to a daughter Ada Maud Rabet in Trinity, Jersey. (or is it Hilda Rabet as the name keeps changing in the records?)

1901 - Jeanne is living in Trinity with her husband Yves and their children: Raymond, Ada and Alice (and a boarder Francois Demoy).

1902 - Jeanne gives birth to Henri Yves Rabet (my great grandfather) in Trinity, Jersey.

1908 - Jeanne gives birth to William Rabet in St. Saviours, Jersey.

1905 - Jeanne gives birth to Albert Rabet in St. Saviours, Jersey.

1911 - Jeanne is living with her husband Yves (farm labourer), and children: Hilda (Ada?), Alice and Henri.

1921 - Jeanne’s  Registration card states she is a ‘widow’ doing ‘housework’ to earn a living. She is living at Highfield Cottage, St. Saviour, Jersey.

1940 - Jeanne is now living at 3 Chevalier Road with her son-in-law Peter Le Vannais and her grandchildren. Her daughter Ada Rabet (now Le Vannais) is at Burleigh House on this day (is she working there  or living there?)

1946 - Jeanne is now living at Hauteville, St. John’s Road, Jersey.

1956 - On the 14 July Jeanne dies at the good age of 91. Where she is buried is unknown ( and on my list of  ‘Things to find out’).

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Family tree research and projects are never finished and I will update Jeanne’s life as I come across more information. If you are related to Jeanne I hope you have found this post useful and interesting and if you have anything you could add to this timeline please feel free to share it! Have a good day…


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Using a Search Engine to research surnames – Lozuet

I have often typed a surname that I am researching into the  search box on my Google page. I have found this quite an interesting way to find out information about the name I am researching. With a surname like ‘Davey’ thousands of pages come up, to be precise 8,200,000 reults! With a name like ‘Lozuet’ , I get 1, 910 results. Quite a significant difference as you can see!

I search this way from time to time hoping something new will come up that I have not read before. To my surprise I found out quite a few things recently.

Lazarevic – Lozuet de Bokor-Kreki

Firstly I came across a page written in Serbian about descendants of Duke Lazarevic Luke, one of them being a Lazarevic – Lozuet de Bokor-Kreki. Now before you get too excited about the possibility of being related to nobility, I have only just come across this person. Secondly although Wikipedia do a good job of translating the page from Serbian to English it is still quite a complicated hierarchy of who is who.

The reason I have found this find of interest is that I am keen to discover where the name Lozuet comes from. I know that there are a handful in Jersey, Channel Islands who originally came from France. Some of these Jersey Lozuets also emigrated to Australia quite a few years ago and I have been in contact with some of them. (I discovered one of them through Facebook another useful medium to research family surnames).  So to find the name ‘Lozuet’ as part of a bigger name intrigues me.

Who is Mirko Lazarevic – Lozuet de Bokor-Kreki? According to Wikipedia he was a lawyer who has lived in exile in France. He married Countess Christine de Lozuet Bokor-Krek who was the last in line to Count Geoffrey of tree-Krek (1908-1986) (Geoffroy de Beaucorps-Créquy). As there were no sons to carry on the surname, it was then passed onto Christine’s husband and their sons. So Mirko Lazarevic took on his French wife’s surname Lozuet de Bokor-Kreki. This is very useful information as we find out now that it is the wifes name and therefore it is her family I need to look into to discover their history and where the name ‘Lozuet’ came from. What does ‘Lozuet de Bokor mean? Is this a place? And finally it brings me back to France where the Lozuet de Beaucorps-Crequy family were from. Also look at how similar the two surnames are or have been transformed to suit the different nationalities: Bokor-Kreki / Beaucorps-Crequy.

Jean-Claud Lozuet

The other name I came across on Google search was Jean-Claud Lozuet, a French businessman and member of the Chamber of Commerce France-Brazil. This find was a tragic and mystifying story about a plane that just went missing over the Atlantic Ocean on the 1st June 2009. Sadly, Jean-Claud was one of the many missing on the Flight 477 from Rio de Janiero to Paris. To read and find out more about the events of this flight go to the following link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8077304.stm

Paul Lozuet

On a post for the ‘Forum pages of History’ I found a Paul Lozuet who it seems died at Guincourt, as he was one of the …’ soldiers who fell during the battle that we now call the ‘Combats of Touteron’. Should this be of great interest or relevance to you and your research, here is the link:

http://pages14-18.mesdiscussions.net/pages1418/forum-pages-histoire/aout-attigny-aisne-sujet_2546_2.htm

So my conclusion is that so far Lozuet looks like it is definately of french origins and if you have tried this method of searching your family names, don’t give up, people are adding information to world wide web everyday! Otherwise, Goodluck with your own research and I hope this was of some help to you, and if it was of no help at least I hope you found it interesting!

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