If your quest includes family that had lived in Paris, remember that GenAmi is an important resource.
Click GenAmi for more information on the organization, its publications and other events, such as its annual meeting, set for March 9, 2010.
In the photo above, see (left) Victor Hugo’s death certificate on May 23, 1885.
At right, see a ledger page for 10 births from 1872-1881.
The Paris Archives are now online, click here to view. Records include reconstructed data through 1859, as well as decennial lists and records through 1902.
The site is only in French, which Tracing the Tribe reads but doesn’t speak. I also used Google Translate and the English translation was sufficient for those who do not read French.
The first section: 1860-1902. It contains civil records for each of 20 districts. In the The research is done in conventional tables and decadal records of acts within each of 20 districts. Birth certificates, however, in the 12th arrondissement were destroyed for the period 1 January 1870 to May 25, 1871.
Choose the type of record (birth, marriage, death) and the district; these two fields are required. The date of the record is optional. There are 20 districts, so you might need to run multiple searches to find the individual you are looking for.
For the decennial records, there are alphabetical surname lists for each 10 year period for each of the 20 districts and by type of document. Records found will include the person’s name and surname and the date. Again, if you do not know where they lived for each record, you will need to run multiple searches.
The second section: reconstructed records 16th century-1859. Of some 8 million records destroyed by fire in May 1871, only some 30% has been restored. You can check for a record in the alphabetical surname database – organized by type of document – to see if it has been reconstructed. A digitization program is ongoing.
Each sheet has the year of record, where recorded (parish, former district or municipality annexed to Paris), name and surname of the person, and the date the event. For weddings, there is a record for each spouse with the wife’s under her maiden name. sheet has been developed for each of the spouses, the wife is to look at his birth name.
I checked for Cohen under marriages and found this:
GenAmi has also announced the articles in its new journal issue. See the site link above for more information.:
– Bond to the soil and ties of blood: foundation of Jewish tradition, by historian Stephane Encel
– Simon Hayem and his descendents: Merchants, artists and doctors.
– Chief Rabbi Abraham de Cologna: Four known children.
– UK research: CemeteryScribes.com
– Tunisia’s civil records during the French Protectorate Acquisitions
– “Une Memoire de papier”, (Silvain, Perret) – Jews of Belgium in postcards
– “Atlas des Parisiens” from the Revolution to today
– “Mes anciens et la mer” by Lionel Levy- “Jews of Morocco”, bibliography
– “Durmenach se souvient”
– Booklets on Jewish Basel (Switzerland)
GenAmi is a good source of information.