WHO IS Chantal COSNAY
in 1998 :
‘Le PROVENCAL’ on August 1997 :
ENTRUSTING ONE’S RESEARCH TO A PROFESSIONAL
Chantal COSNAY is a “family” genealogist.
An appellation which makes a distinction with succession genealogists, who
search for potential heirs and are professionally more numerous. Chantal COSNAY
is the only one in Aix en Provence, since
1980, to offer this service, to carry out for her clients biographic,
historical and family research.
asked about the cost of such research, she answers straight out : “I am like
an architect. It depends whether you want me to build a castle or a cottage.
Sometimes I just lend a hand to unfreeze a piece of research and it costs 500 F.
But if the request concerns a whole family-tree, it may mean years of work,
which means in terms of money several dozens of thousands of francs..”
clients are of a great variety. Certain families, which stem from the provençal
aristocracy, want to regild their blazon. Other ones, disregarding etiquette,
are simply looking for their origins. “There has been a great fancy for
genealogy these past few years. I think that it is not merely a fad, but a
social need as the end of the century is close now” she explains. “Since the
fifties, people have migrated a lot, they have moved away from their places
of birth. And the fact is that we all need to feel that we belong somewhere...
relationships between grandparents and grandchildren are less developed than
before. And the fact is that it is the grandparents who carry out what we call
in the historical field the “transmission of the invisible”, in other words
the family past, but also the collective past of society are less and less
passed on through these traditional channels. The search for ones family-tree is
conducive to the knowledge of where we come from, and where we stand in a
trained as an electronician, Chantal
COSNAY admits that it gave her a taste for rigour,
orderliness, organization. Carried by her passion for genealogy, she added to her
palette a degree in history, followed
by a master’s degree based on the history
of the family in the XVIII th century.
“Sometimes you spend 8 hours seated, silently, looking for a birth certificate, a marriage certificate. It’s an almost monastic occupation, made of rigour and method. But from time to time, you also need chance, to find one day something you’ve been looking for months...” And she adds : “Genealogy is like a recipe : 20 % method, 20 % documentation, 20 % experience and habit, 20% intuition, and 20 % chance !”
You can write to :
Chantal COSNAY, professional genealogist, 21 rue Emeric David,
F-13100 AIX en PROVENCE, France, tel. 04 42 26 87 79
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