Recently I found the graves of two of my 4th great-grandfathers buried next to each other and some records. Both Leonard Pigmon and John Amburgey, Jr.(was always called Burgey) were in the American Revolutionary War and were closely associated families. John Amburgey's dau. Rosie married Leonard's son John Pigmon.(my 3rd great grandparents)
John Amburgey was born in Upper Rein Valley Germany. His Father whose name was Amburger was from Bonnigheim, Germany which is just over the mountain I think. Research tells me that the people of Bourg-en-Breese in the Ain district are called Burgies. The early American Pigmans spelled their name Pigmon (the pronunciation on Google translate of the French Peigman sounds the same as Pigmon) and were said to be from Alsace-Lorraine but maybe they were from Rhone-Alpes region, Ain department. In reading the link about the hemp-combers (the Pigneurs) and their migration habits, I was wondering if they were migrating across the border from Switzerland or from Germany. I do not know the geography there very well and of course the border kept changing but maybe they were working in France from September to December and going back across the mountain to an Alpine commune to farm the rest of the time. Keeping in mind that at the time there was no France, Italy, Germany, etc as we know it today. Does anyone know of a village that still has records there I could check or maybe in Switzerland? How far away would that be from the border of France?
If no one knows I'll just make up a web site. Maybe: All of your genealogy/y-dna questions answered about the people of the alps.com.LOL don't click on it. It's just a joke.
I did read that most of the records of the Burgies in Bourg-en-Breese were destroyed during the French Revolution. Is that true for the records in the Ain communes as well?