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Sarah and Jean-Marc's family history website
English family

 

Although Sarah's grandparents were all born in Manchester, their own parents all migrated there from other parts of England and Ireland in the second half of the 19th century. The majority of the English part of the family originated in Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.

 

Swiss family

 

The vast majority of Jean-Marc's family originates in the cantons of Bern and Neuchâtel, where his maternal line goes back to 1423. Many of his ancestors were farmers or smallholders, while others practised trades linked to the local watchmaking industry.

English family

 

Although Sarah's grandparents were all born in Manchester, their own parents all migrated there from other parts of England and Ireland in the second half of the 19th century. The majority of the English part of the family originated in Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.

 

Swiss family

 

The vast majority of Jean-Marc's family originates in the cantons of Bern and Neuchâtel, where his maternal line goes back to 1423. Many of his ancestors were farmers or smallholders, while others practised trades linked to the local watchmaking industry.

Neuchâtel

 

The canton of Neuchâtel holds a special place in our hearts. In this section we present a short overview of its history and share some of our favourite photographs.

 

Emigration

 

We take a look at the history and causes of emigration from Switzerland as well as the phenomenon of group emigration. Our index of emigrants contains brief details of those linked loosely to our genealogy who we have identified to date.

About us

We are a husband and wife team with a shared interest in genealogy, photography and the outdoors. Our research into family history has led us into various aspects of local history and social movements, all of which we have tried to share with you here. 

 

Jean-Marc is a biologist, currently working as a data analyst in a Swiss pharmaceutical company.

Sarah is the "Anglo" half of the partnership, and at different times, has been a youth counsellor, personal assistant, English teacher and full-time mum to our 4 children. After completing a MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographical and Heraldic studies in 2017 she launched her own professional genealogical research service, Relatively Speaking

Since our marriage, we have lived in Norwich (England), Basle, Sissach and Courroux (Switzerland) and the lovely Doller Valley in Alsace (France).

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