This blog gets revived thanks to a surprise email I received from a certain Jane in Australia claiming to be a cousin through a common ancestor, Eva Del Bosco.
Once confirmed, this led to a flurry of emails across the globe as we shared data on past and current acquaintances.
She too was looking for some information on an ancestor who hailed from Algiers and I led her to the online search engine that the French government has put up with all the records they had taken a copy of when they left Algeria. Unfortunately none of the records made sense in matching her search.
I've actually worked out her exact relationship with my family, and she is the 13th cousin of my father's.
It's always lovely to discover far-away relatives in far-away places!