The Jewish Genealogy Association
How to get personalized help
All genealogical research must begin in the following fashion: first, collect information in your own family, make contact with your cousins, photocopy all existing documents (identification cards, family registers, notarized acts, notes on pictures,...etc. Ask questions to the oldest members and confirm the information collected by requesting photocopies of birth marriage or death certificates at the City Hall of the town in question (in Paris at the City Hall of the arrondissement).
We can advise you in these procedures and explain the laws that govern the communication of different documents.
Before undertaking researches abroad, explore first all the possibilities that exist in your country (for example, naturalization records).
When you can no longer move forward, we are here to help you. For example, if you are a member, you can send us, after printing it,
the attached form to complete where your
ancestors are classified following the Sosa Stradonitz numbering.
This method allows us to reference, using the number attributed to the person, the sex and position of an individual in the line of direct ascendance. (It does not concern the collateral persons.
All men are given an even number, all women an odd number.
In each couple, the number of the wife corresponds to the number of the man, + 1.
Each father is given a number equivalent to the double of that of his son or daughter.
The individual whose ascendance is being researched carries the number 1 (regardless of sex).
It is this person who is the basis of the genealogical study. He (or she) is called "de cujus".
Good luck! A bientot!
We advise you to read the code of ethics of the genealogist, established by the French Federation of Genealogy. You will find there the principal rules that you should follow during your research.