One French colonial Alabama ancestor is on the web

Does your Alabama genealogy stretch back to the French colonial era?

If so, you might be descended from one of Gulf Coast’s earliest settlers, Jean-Baptist Baudrau, also known as  “Graveline.”

A new website, UrbainsDescendants.org offers comprehensive information about the Baudrau family, beginning with Jean-Baptist’s father, Urbain Baudrau, also called Graveline.

Urbain was an 17th century French adventurer who arrived in Montreal, Canada in the mid-1650s. His son Jean-Baptist inherited his father’s adventurous spirit and was among the earliest settlers of Mobile, which was founded in 1702  as the first capital of French Louisiana.

Father and son are the ancestors of thousands, including many whose families  remain on the Gulf Coast, particularly in Alabama and Mississippi. This writer is among them.

Even if you aren’t a Baudrau descendent, the website offers valuable information about the people of the French colonial era.

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