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V: Bibliography

by Rosanne Leeson, Los Altos, CA

  • Meyer, Pierre-Andre. Tables du registre d'Etat Civil de la Communaute Juive de Metz, 1717-1792. Paris, 1987.

  • Fleury, Jean. Contrats de Mariage Juifs en Moselle avant 1792. Plappeville, 1989.

  • Bernard, Gildas. Les familles juives en France, XVI me siecle-1815: Guide des recherches biographiques et genealogiques. Paris, Archives Nationales, 1990.

  • Benbassa, Esther. Histoire des Juifs de France, Editions du Seuil, 1997. Jews of France, a History from Antiquity to the Present. (She teaches Jewish History at the University of Paris IV- Sorbonne).

  • Benbassa, Esther. The Jews of France (English Edition). M. B. Debevoise (Translator).

  • Gauthier, Valerie. ABC de Genealogie. Editions Jules Grancher. 220 FF (incl airmail costs). In addition to methodology one can find the addresses of all of the many archives and genealogical associations in the many Departements of France.

  • Gauthier, Valerie. Genealogie Paris et Ile de France. Editions Parigramme. 150FF, (incl. postage). The same type of methodology as above, and includes many addresses in Paris.

    The author Valerie Gauthier is President of a Genealogical Association near Paris. These books can be ordered directly from her at: 46, rue de President Roosevelt, 78500 - Sartrouville, FRANCE. Preferred method of payment is by International Postal Money Order, to her husband's CCP: J.M Arnold, SCE3005293N, La Source 110, Sartrouville, FRANCE.

The Encyclopaedia Judaica is an excellent source for a number of articles about the history of various localities and Jewish personalities in France. And, in addition there are a number of general histories of France that will give you some insight into the changing rulers and borders of this country:

  • Encyclopaedia Judaica. Jerusalem [New York], Macmillan, c 1972, 16 vols.

There are two books that are primarily sociological in nature, but which include excellent insights into the life of the Jews of Alsace, and which contain excellent bibliographies, one by Prof. Paula Hyman of Yale University, the other by Prof. Vicki Caron of Brown University:

  • Hyman, Paula E. The Emancipation of the Jews of Alsace. Yale University Press, New Haven, 1991. ISBN 0-300-04986-2.

  • Caron, Vicki. Between France and Germany: The Jews of Alsace-Lorraine 1871-1918. Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, 1988.

An excellent historical atlas, with clear color definitions and excellent sidebar notes, which easily display and explain the changing borders of France, over the centuries is:

  • Cussans, Thos et al, eds. The Times Atlas of European History. New York, HarperCollins, 1994.

The Directorate of the Archives of France can be found at

Genealogy Societies

  • Cercle de Généalogie Juive
    14 rue Saint-Lazare, 75009 Paris, France.
    Claudie Blamont, President.  CDGJ maintains a list of members and the families and areas they are researching.  Email inquires to

  • GenAmi, Association for International Jewish Genealogy
    76 rue de Passy, 75016 Paris, France.
    Micheline Gutmann, President, is also a Board member of the Federation Francaise de Genealogie. Email inquires to
    Association de généalogie juive internationale --

For advise, or information on holdings, publications, or membership, you may write to the above societies in English. With snail mail, please include a self-addressed envelope as well as 2 International Reply Coupons for an air mail reply.


A Guide to Research in Paris. The Archives de Paris have published a guide to biographical and genealogical research in Paris. This attractive guide is well illusrated and very complete and is a useful tool for general research, not specifically Jewish. It covers public records, cemeteries, censuses electoral lists, military archives almanachs and directories. It also includes a plan of the arrondissements prior to 1860 and those of the present day. "Sur les traces de nos ancetres … Paris", Archives de Paris, 1997, 50F Address: Archives de Paris 18 Bd. Serurier 75019 Paris, France

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