I just got back from France and I am going there tonight too.

I have been working on the genealogy of my Mother’s Father’s side of the family.   I joined Ancestry.com for a month and found lots of information  there.  I also found mistakes but I was able to correct those.  Anyway, I was able to go back 10 generations all the way to Chênehutte-Trèves-CunaultMaine-et-Loire, France.

I consider myself a very thorough researcher.   I don’t stop until I am certain the information I have found is correct.  This means that it takes me quite a while to research even the smallest amount of information.  This is the part that I like the most about genealogy, the search.

Last night I got on Google Earth and literally drove through the town.  I am still so amazed that this is even possible.  The following is a photo I took while traveling around.

Once I found the village I wanted to learn everything I could about it.  I don’t just want to know that my ancestors were born there.  I want to feel the place, understand it.  Since I can’t actually go there for so many reasons the internet allows me to use my imagination and wits so that when I think of Chenehutte I will feel like I have a memory of being there.

The area surrounding Chenehutte is so full of history.  To understand my village I need to understand the history of the village which isn’t so easy because I don’t speak French.   All the websites that I am visiting so far about the history are in French so I have to copy and paste onto Google Translator.

Tonight I am going to try to discover if there is a cemetery in my village.  I also want to find out if there are church records.  I look forward to the evenings when I can do my research.  I am so glad I quit those Facebook games or this wouldn’t be happening.

 

The Local Church

Another view of the town

 

The village is on this river, The Loire.