« For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers: For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow: Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart? Job, 8, 8-10
Genealogy : A line of descent traced continuously from an ancestor. An account or exposition of this. The study and investigation of lines of descent. (Concise Oxford Dictionary)
To which ought to be added : Passion, longing, curiosity, need to know, which, from the moment they get hold of you, never let you go.
During the last 10 years of his life, my father, Mr René Gabioud, transcribed into French and wrote out by hand all the entries in the Parish Records, a titanic undertaking which I use for reference.
To date the database comprises marriages and deaths, baptisms should be added before the end of the year.
The oldest certificate of baptism : 7 August 1613 at Commeire
When this is done, thanks to IT, I shall be able to :