GenTraveling to Saint-Malo

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Hello GenTravelers!

I recently read an excellent blog post at A Life Lived Full about traveling to Saint-Malo, France.  Joanne, the author, mentioned she wanted to visit Saint-Malo because her imagination was initially captured by reading about it in All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, but also because she has a family connection from that area.

If you have any plans to go GenTraveling to that area of France, be sure to take a peek at Joann’s post.  She gives an excellent overview of this fascinating walled city.  She has my attention! My husband’s roots (pretty far back) are from France.  I had to google how far from it was from his ancestral hometown of Lantheuil to Saint-Malo – only 2 hours!!!  My travel brain is spinning-planning-dreaming!


Saint-Malo also has ferry service to Guernsey! I’ll have to make a stop there too since I’ll be in the vicinity!

If you’re planning GenTraveling like I am, start your planning by familiarizing yourself with Saint-Malo at Wikipedia (link HERE), and be sure to do as much pre-research as possible.  See what records might be available in the area by visiting the FamilySearch Wiki (link HERE).  Perhaps your people may be in the France, Brittany, Church and Civil Records, 1521-1896 database on FamilySearch!

Let me know if you have French roots and if you’ve ever traveled there, or plan to. Best of luck with your research!


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