A French Soldier's Name
Hello, all. New to the site, but from the looks of, it's a neat site.
Recently, I was talking with my mother, and somehow the family lineage came up, and she mentioned that her grandmother's maiden name was French. I found this bizarre, since we're Russian. She further continued that it sounded like "boucle" (French for "buckle"), and that her grandmother's father held the same name, and that his father could possibly be from the army (my math is probably off, but it seems correct).
There is no way for me to confirm this, since all proper documents were destroyed during the Revolution, but I have suspicions that the person in question was in Napoleon's army. There is evidence that he could possibly be high-ranking nobility. It doesn't seem that he ever returned to France, and stayed behind to marry and settle down to raise a family.
Now that the back-story is out of the way, here is the question: Does anyone know of a good database that lists the men that were enlisted in Napoleon's army? It's something that's been bothering me, and I would like to put it to rest.