The Darquennes/Gobbe Genealogy of the Jean Andris/Marie Faller Line
In 2003, André Darquennes and Frédéric Gobbe produced
a 450 page book which traces the descendants of Jean Andris and Marie
Faller. I was fortunate that André gave me a copy of this provocative
and fascinating work. Written in French, it has taken me a while to translate
enough of it to appreciate it. So far, I have translated some of the
background history and the direct proposed line that leads to me.
As valuable as this document is, and I do appreciate its value, I have
found that it is also controversial. Suffice it to say that some experienced
genealogists have expressed to me that they have not been able to confirm
all the linkages that have been proposed in this book, especially the
Since I and my relatives have a vested interest in the veracity of this
proposed genealogy, I have determined that it is in my interest to pursue
the matter. To that end, I have done the following things:
- I have placed my own translation of that portion of the Darquennes/Gobbe
genealogy that relates directly to my own line on the internet, making
it as easy as possible for English-speaking individuals to assist me
in checking it out.
- I wrote and asked André for permission to do this, but have not heard
from him so far. However, since a) I am not publishing the entire document,
but only the portion that relates to my family, b) since I am treating
it as a research resource and commenting on it in order to get to the
truth, and c) since I am giving proper credit, I have determined that
it is indeed appropriate for me to do this.
- I have begun the long project of verifying at least the significant
parts of the document that will allow me to establish my genealogical
line. Wherever I have viewed validated copies of primary documents
or the documents themselves, I have placed a blue star ()
beside the specific date that is verified. I
am maintaining a list of currently verified family history records.
- I appreciate any and all sincere comments on this part of my website,
and commit to serious consideration of opinions. Persons who do so,
however, should be prepared to possibly have their name printed with
the information they provide, or alternatively, if they do not wish
to have their name printed, I may disregard the information.
- The line given in the menu is only one of two most likely lines.
In fact, I figured it out myself from the Darquennes genealogy. The
one that he proposed (given under Alternate Genealogy) seems possible
but less likely or confirmed. (But neither has been entirely confirmed.)
André DARQUENNES and Frédéric GOBBE, On the
traces of glass-makers: The ANDRIS(SE) Family (A partial translation
by Jim Andris), GENEALOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF the BELGIAN HAINAUT a.s.b.l.,
Charleroi, July, 2003.