Resources

asparagus label 2Bonvallet is a somewhat common name in France, so one must be careful in making a connection with our family.  The best resources for Bonvallet family research are the following:

  • The French Genealogy Blog at  http://french-genealogy.typepad.com/ is written by an American living in France and is aimed at Americans working on French genealogy who cannot travel to France.
  • The blog above emphasizes that, to do research in France, you must know the Department in which your ancestor lived.  These departments are at various stages in putting their records online, and the blog has links to them all.  The website for Department of Marne is http://archives.marne.fr/?id=recherche_guidee.  These records are handwritten in French.
  • Ancestry.com has some Marne and Oise records transcribed and translated, as well as US census records and city directories.
  • Familysearch.org is an extensive free site with census, birth, death, and marriage records.
  • The Heritage of St. Anne, published in 1950, is both a history of the first 100 years and a program for the Community Centennial that took place over four days in July of that year.  There is a history of P.A. Bonvallet’s Sons as well as an ad for the company as “canners and growers of asparagus and tomatoes.”
  • The Saga of Saint Anne, edited by Lois Meier, published in 1976, gives the history of Saint Anne at the time of the United State’s  bicentennial.  This book is difficult to   obtain, but the LDS Family History Library has a copy on microfilm.  There are many mentions of the Bonvallets, including an  article and photographs of Wichert contributed by Don Bonvallet.
  •  The Continuing Saga of Saint Anne, uncredited editor, published in 2002, extends the history from 1976 to 2002.   There are several mentions of Bonvallets participating in the community.  Again Don Bonvallet contributed articles and photographs.
  • The unofficial Bonvallet family historian was Donald Bonvallet until his death in 2012.  He generously invited me to his home in St. Anne twice to meet with other relatives and allowed me to copy all of his documents and photos.  It was Don who persuaded Leon to write down the family history.
  • A source of information on Paul’s branch of the family and the Berger family into which he married was Charles Mercier of New Haven, Connecticut.  Charles met me through this website, and we shared a lot of information.