Happy Bastille Day: Have You Hugged Your French Friend Today?

OK, it’s cheap but worth a try. Today is Bastille Day and commemorates the day in 1789 when ordinary citizens of France stormed the Bastille (a prison that held symbolic meaning about the absolute power of King Louis XVI). It began the French Revolution and an end to the monarchy in France. I’m of French ancestry but most of my ancestors were already in Canada (called Acadia at the time but is now Nova Scotia). Unfortunately the French Revolution was not good for genealogists like myself as many church records in France were destroyed during the Revolution. In any case, raise a glass of wine for this French independence day.

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