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Old January 6th, 2009, 04:42 AM   #1
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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.

Thank you.

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Old January 25th, 2009, 11:10 PM   #2

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Re: A French Soldier's Name


Here's a link to researching one's French Genealogy. It's an article all about tracing your French ancestors. There are some free online databases from the 1700-1800s. You will need to specify the part of France (county) where a death or birth or marriage took place.

Here's a free online database.

Good luck.
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I just found this other site and I typed in the last name you mentioned and got over 400 results. The earliest record is from 1501.

Here's the site.
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The link did not show up in the last post, but I shall try the other two.
Thank you so much for this.
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