No 119 - Autumn 2014

ABSTRACTS of issue 119

Bernard Lyon-Caen
Intertwined genealogies in furniture, advertising, broadcasting. First part
Attracted by the role played by some families in the activities connected to furniture selling, advertising and broadcasting – the CHOUCHANs, GROSSes, LÉVITANs, BLEUSTEINs and MARCUSes – the author establishes many links between them; their geographical origins, marital alliances and professional activities.He follows their evolution and descendants in France since the end of the 19th century.

Pascal Faustini
Families Harrosch / Harroch / Haroche from Marocco
The author traces the genealogy of the Harrosh family of Marrakech (to whom Serge Haroche – Nobel Price of Physics in 2012 – belongs) and of the other Harrosh or Benharrosh families up to 1492 – when they were expelled from Spain.He suggests a genealogical link with the rabbinical family of the Asherides from Toledo, whose ancestor was rabbi Asher ben Yehiel called Ha-Rosh (1250-1328).

Anne-Marie Fribourg
The one who was "moreover and from no country" or looking for uncle "Ovar"
This article traces Howard Dieudonné Loria's route. Born in Liverpool, French in Egypt; an orphan at 16 in Alexandria, he became a graduate of the Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures of Paris and a plant manager at Orchamps in the Jura (France).

Thierry Samama
Vital Records of Tunisian Jews during the French Protectorate finally reachable : the 'BECANE' database
Vital recording for Tunisians was established in 1886. The resulting registers have been available at the Center for French Diplomatic Archives in La Courneuve for a few years.Yet using them was very difficult due to their fragmentation and the complete lack of decennial charts. 25 members of the CGJ have been working for 18 months to allow survey and research of these vital records on the CGJ web site (CGJ members only). The resulting database - called BECANE - is a primary tool for the genealogy of Tunisian Jews.

Françoise Job
Genealogy and layers of Jewish population in Lunéville
Since its official foundation in 1753 the Jewish community in Luneville has been successively made up from four kinds of migrants; inhabitants from Metz (Lorraine) and Alsace, inhabitants from “Alsace-Lorraine” who wished to remain French citizens, migrants from Eastern Europe, and refugees from Algéria in 1962 – most of them coming from the M'zab. The melting pot eventually did its work and united them as a multi-roots family tree shows.

Michèle Feldman
Itinerary of a French Israelite Alsatian citizen : Edgard Sée (1873-1943)
From a diary held by Edgard Sée between November 1st 1942 and October 12th 1943 - the day before his arrest and his deportation - Michèle Feldman traces back her grand-father's life in Paris during the war. This gives her an opportunity to go up the Sées family tree and evoke Reissel or Rössel Sée, an heroine during the French Revolution.

Pierrette Ouazana
Study of a vital record from Mascara, Algeria, 1856
How is a record to be read? What information can it bring forward about the family? How a careful study of a record can throw light on entangled family links?

Mathilde Tagger
Yaakov Abehsera and his family between Syria and Morocco
On his way from the Tafilalet,Morocco, to the Holy Land, the revered Rabbi Yaakov Abehsera passed away in Damanhur,Egypt in 1880.He was the most famous rabbi of this Moroccan rabbinical dynasty. His works and descendants are welknown. Nevertheless there exist several versions explaining the origin of his surname (man with a mat, mat maker, sitting on a mat) but only one version points out at Jubar near Damascus, Syria as the origin of the family. Which is to be trusted?


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