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Guest Post - Was Your Ancestor a Russian Student in Switzerland?

Dear Readers, once again our good friend, the excellent genealogist, Isabelle Haemmerle, sends a superbly informative post from Geneva. Archives of Swiss universities : lists of students on line 1874-1975 While assisting an American woman looking for the birth certificates... Read more →

French Jewish Genealogy - Ancien régime Geography Is Important

When researching Jewish genealogy before the French Revolution, the reach back into the past is long, well into the Medieval era. Borders were different then and France looked quite different, not at all like the "Hexagon" (above) of today. Prior... Read more →

The French Police Surveillance Dossiers of the Interwar Period - les Fonds de Moscou - Have an Index Online

Very exciting news on the indexing front. For a vast collection of the dossiers of some 650,000 people on whom the French security police were spying, for the most part between the two World Wars, there is now online an... Read more →

Books - Documents on the Jewish Community of 18th Century Paris

In 1913, the Society of the History of Paris and of the Ile de France brought out a book by Paul Hildenfinger, Documents sur les Juifs à Paris au XVIIIe Siècle : Actes d'Inhumation et Scellés. This is doubly a... Read more →

Jewish Genealogy in Alsace and Lorraine

This year, the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the Shoah, Yom HaShoah, falls on the 8th of April. As before, at the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, the names of all French Jewish victims will be read... Read more →

French Jewish Genealogy - Œuvre de Secours aux Enfants

The Œuvre de Secours aux Enfants, (literally, Work in the Aid of Children, but also known in English as the Society for Rescuing Children), is not originally a French organisation. It was formed in Saint Petersburg in 1912 to help... Read more →