Anne-Marie David

Anne-Marie’s Lively Family Story

Anne-Marie is the powerful voice behind one of the most celebrated songs in Eurovision history. MyHeritage took her DNA test results and dove into Her MyHeritage SuperSearch to piece together the family background of this exceptional Eurovision star.

Anne-Marie’s family history research paints a picture of a lively, warm, and enterprising family from the Iberian peninsula and all over France. Her winning song, “Tu te reconnaîtras” means “You will recognize yourself”; Anne-Marie’s lively spirit can be recognized among the smiles and sparkling eyes of her ancestors.

Anne-Marie’s great-great-grandfather, Jose Sirera Albareda, was born in 1861 in Montcada, a small village on the outskirts of Barcelona. Catalans are known for their strong work ethic, and will even move elsewhere to try and find a better job when the local market is struggling.
That’s exactly what Jose did. As a young man, he moved to Marseilles, France with his wife to work at the ports.

Jose died in 1919 at age 58. MyHeritage found his obituary in an old newspaper clipping, which praised his dedication and 27 years of work as a foreman in Marseilles.

Anne-Marie’s great-great-grandfather, Jose Sirera Albareda, was born in 1861 in Montcada, a small village on the outskirts of Barcelona. Catalans are known for their strong work ethic, and will even move elsewhere to try and find a better job when the local market is struggling.
That’s exactly what Jose did. As a young man, he moved to Marseilles, France with his wife to work at the ports.

Jose died in 1919 at age 58. MyHeritage found his obituary in an old newspaper clipping, which praised his dedication and 27 years of work as a foreman in Marseilles.

Jose’s son Miguel—Anne-Marie’s great-grandfather—was born in Catalonia in 1883, and worked as a welder and a mechanic. Miguel had a job at a workshop, but he also ran his own business repairing the best motorcycles on the market.

He ran a classified ad in the “Petit Marseillais” newspaper to sell his most recent restoration project. Today, these motorcycles are shown at the most notable old-timer rallies and they look gorgeous.



Anne-Marie’s mother Suzanne was mentioned in the “Petit Marsellais” newspaper at age 7 for being awarded an “honorary mention” in a “Holiday Homework Contest.” Four years earlier, her older sister had appeared in a similar list of excellent pupils “tout-petits.”




Anne-Marie’s brother André created a family tree photo collage with portraits and birthdates, decorated with tulips on windowsills and turtle doves.

Wedding of Denise Saulnier and Eugène David

Anne-Marie’s paternal grandparents

The relatives in this photo came from the northern and eastern France. The family is dressed in chic late 1920s festive outfits and they seem to be in high spirits.
Joseph Eugène David and Marie née Besancenez — the groom's parents and Anne-Marie David's great-grandparents — sit on the left. The bride's family sits on the right. Anne-Marie's paternal great-grandfather, Adolphe Saulnier married Marie Suzanne Le Ralle, a native Parisian. He survived the First World War in a motorized unit. So it turns out on this side of the family, too, taking care of cars was not only a hobby, but a profession.

Anne-Marie’s DNA results show her strong Mediterranean roots. Anne-Marie has over 200 relatives from 18 different countries worldwide that she can now reach out to directly from the MyHeritage platform.

Anne-Marie’s DNA results show her strong Mediterranean roots. Anne-Marie has over 200 relatives from 18 different countries worldwide that she can now reach out to directly from the MyHeritage platform.

49.1%
Iberian
28.7%
Italian
18.2%
North and West European
4.0%
Ashkenazi Jewish

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