The French Genealogy Blog

A few weeks ago, I emailed Anne at The French Genealogy Blog. I wanted to thank her for helping me with a breakthrough in my research. A guest post on her site had led me to the discovery of Pierre Chastain’s hometown of Vesc, France. This was something I had despaired of ever uncovering.

Anne, delighted with my email, asked if she could share it. Equally delighted, I told her she could. I’m a week and half late, but I wanted to link back to her post sharing the email. It gives a (somewhat) brief summary of my research and explains how I’ve made it as far as I have. I also recommend every other post on her site. She runs a quality operation over there.


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  1. I’m so glad I came across your letter to The French Genealogy Blog, which lead me to your webpages! I am a descendent of Pierre Chastain & Anne Soblet-Chastain & have been looking for records concerning Pierre Chastain.
    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Terri,

      There were actually two Huguenots named Pierre Chastain that lived at around the same time. This has confused my research a few times. Your Pierre is more famous. Here is a good website detailing his history and is a good starting point to learn more about him – Your Pierre Chastain married Anne Soblet and, after fleeing France, eventually settled in America. My Pierre Chastain married Anne Gautier and, after fleeing France, eventually settled in Germany. To further add to the confusion, they were both doctors! My family didn’t come over to America until the 1860s, but yours was here by the early 1700s. Your Pierre died in Virginia in 1728, mine died in Germany in 1731. Sorry for the confusion! That website I sent you should help you get started with your research.


  2. Bonjour — Perhaps you can help me in directing my search. In my family tree there is a family with the last name of “Jobredeau.” It is sometimes spelled in different ways, e.g., Jaubredeau or Jobredeaux. The person of interest is Jean or Charles Jobredeau. His birth record was found in the birth records of Bazolles, Nievre, France (5Mi 9 429, vue 428), 7 Jan 1814. His name was “Jean”. Father was Mathieu, mother was Agathe Charbonneau. His sister, Marie Louise Jobredeau (my 3rd great Grandmother), was born 27 Dec 1814 (someone said, “Irish twins”), in the same town (5 Mi 9 429, vue 436), same parents. Father’s occupation was innkeeper. Exploring the records of Bazolles he is next mentioned, 27 Jun 1837, as the person who reported the death of Guillaume Girard, his brother-in-law, husband of Marie Louise Jobredeau, (Bazolles, 5 Mi 9 429, vue 1016). His profession is an employee with the Canal of Nievre. However, his name is Charles Jobredeau, which fits family lore. Going by the name of Charles, he next appeared as a witness to his brother Antoine’s wedding at Bazolles (4E 24/8, vue 189-190), 6 Mar 1848. His profession was a contractor of Public Works, as was his brother Antoine. Next reference is as Charles reporting the death of his mother, Agathe Charbonneau, at Bazolles, 18 Aug 1849 (4E 24/8, Vue 228). His profession is proprietor at Bazolles. Through I found a reference in “Almanach Agricole de la Nievre,” 1851, concerning him as living in Bazolles. I have a photograph of him which was made Nevers at the studio of A. Czaikowski, the back of the photograph has “Photographie, A. Czajkowski, Rue de la Passier. 1, Nevers.” I found out that he was a photographer that worked in Nevers from 1862-1877. He looks like he was in his late 50’s, maybe in his early 60’s when the picture was taken. I’ve tracked down his sister’s birth, marriage, and death, as well as his brother Antoine (1819-1849). His sister Marie Louise Jobredeau also did early (1814-1849). His father Mathieu died 8 May 1827 in La Collencelle, Nievre, the next town from Bazolles, but I could not find his death record in the Acts. I have not be able to find Jean Charles Jobredeau either or a marriage, if he got married. I’ve looked at the Ten Year tables to 1902 in Bazolles, La Collencelle, and a number of other surrounding towns, including larger towns such a Nevers. I’ve looked in the Military recruitment records from their first to 1890’s in case there was a male Jobredeau whose father would have been Jean Charles. I’m sort of out of ideas. He appears to have some wealth. Our family inherited a portrait painting of him when he was younger. In the United States I had some good results chasing down wills. I am ignorant of whether will were used in the same way in France, or if they are index, or even if they are available. Sorry this is so long, but I wanted to let you know what I have found to give you a complete picture. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Eric,

      Unfortunately, I’m really only familiar with Huguenot records. My family fled France in 1686, so the majority of my research has relied on records from that era. I did do some basic research using the “hatch, match, and dispatch” French civil records that began in the late 18th century for my wife’s family, but, beyond that, I don’t have much knowledge about French records of genealogical interest. I would direct you to Anne Morddel’s site,, for further assistance. Bonne journée!


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