As an enthusiast from childhood, I have worked on my family’s ancestry for many years. Il come from family of miners, the WATTIER family, which can be found written as WATHIER around 1745 in Bernissart (Belgium-Hainaut province). Like a lot of families at that time who travelled to find word, they followed the coal seams : from Belgium, they went to live first in the Valenciennes (Nord of France) area, then near Douai and finally in the region of Bruay en Artois (department of Pas de Calais).
In 1993, before setting up as professionnal gesnealogist, I trained with a professionnal who initiated me in the research of family histories. This enabled me to discover the working an the wealth of archives.
I have been visiting archive deposits for a number of years (French Departemental, city and library archives), which means I have good knowloedge of the research possibilities in each department.
Although I specialise in research north of Paris : Department Nord (59), Pas de Calais (62), Oise (60), Somme (80), Aisne (02), Marne (51), Ardenne (08) and Seine Maritime (76). I also carry out investigations in the whole of France on request.
Living close to Belgium, my research very often takes me across the border : Tournai, Ghent, Mons, Brussel, Courtrai, Bruges, Namur, Liege etc… and I translate the certificates into Flemish.
My office opened in 2007 and with my knowledge of archives as well as local and regional hsitory. Il am at your disposal to answer all your questions of a genealogical or historical nature.
I am member of Chambre des Généalogistes Professionnels (CGP – Paris) since 2011 : http://www.cgpro.org/
I am member of Association of Professional Genealogists APG : https://www.apgen.org