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Southwest France Names

In France, at the beginning of the 19th century, non-Ashkenazic Jews mainly originated from the following two areas:
   (1) Southwestern: Sephardic Jews from Bordeaux, Bayonne and a few neighboring localities who lived as Crypto-Jews before 1723 (this database)
   (2) Southeastern: (French "Juifs du Pape", that is, Avignon + three communities in Comtat Venaissin [Carpentras, Cavaillon and L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue] who always openly lived as Jews. (see Names Southeast France)


We acknowledge the tremendous contributions and lifelong dedication of Mathilde Tagger, z"l who made this index available. For many years, and right until her untimely death, Mathilde Tagger was a very close friend and collaborator with Jeff Malka. Together they worked to promote Sephardic genealogy research and educate the public about its enormous potential. Mathilde compiled this information based upon the original source material: Klarsfeld, Serge. Mémorial de la Déportation des Juifs de France. Paris, 1978.

In addition, we express our grateful appreciation to Dr. Jeff Malka for his monumental ongoing effort to collect and make accessible Sephardic genealogical information, and for his generosity in contributing his extraordinarily valuable collection to JewishGen.

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