No 71 - July 2002



Revue du Cercle de Généalogie Juive # 71

July-September 2002


Two lectures due in the 4th quarter may be of interest to our readers (remember they are taped and sold as sound cassettes) : Guy Alban de Rougemont will speak about the Lazard bankers family on November 4. Dr. Eric Sitbon will speak on December 2 about the risk of loosing the trace of one’s ancestors in the case of birth through medical assistance. Philippe Landau will present on January 6, 2003 the agitated life of Simon Deutz (1802-1844), son of the rabbi Emmanuel Deutz.



Origin and spreading of the Gugenheim patronym.

John E. Berkovitch

Census and archival material, published over the last few years, provide new insights on the re-establishment of the Jews in Alsace, Lorraine, Switzerland and Germany, hence on the history of their surnames. In the case of « Gugenheim », the literature has consistently offered three hypotheses as to its origin, tying it either to a so-named Alsatian village, spelled today Gougenheim, or to one of the two localities of Jugenheim, previously Gugenheim, situated in the Rhineland. The new data settle the matter and make it even possible to track back several generations of ancestors of the first Gugenheim born in Germany during the second half of the 1500’s.

The contribution comprises three Parts which will be published successively. The First, herein, deals with at least the five oldest generations in Germany. The Second highlights the various Gugenheim lines identified in Alsace, Lorraine and Switzerland in the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries. The Third links them all, producing the first outline of the Gugenheim family tree beginning in the XVth century.



Jessuda and David Carcassonne from Nîmes (France) a soldier and an officer in the armies of the French Revolution and the Napoleon Empire.

 Pierre Lautmann

One more sample of Pierre Lautmann’s  search of Jewish soldiers and officers in the armies of the French Revolution and the Napoleon Empire. Today he deals with the destiny of two brothers, Jessuda and David Carcassonne. His information comes from the French Military Archives in Vincennes (Service Historique de l’Armée de Terre). The works of Lucien Simon et Jean-Claude Cohen allow Lautmann to replace these two people in their family environment.

Searching for your ancestors from Eastern Europe

Basile Ginger

Basile Ginger, leader of the Eastern Europe SIG (internal to the CGJ), presents a brief synthesis of the corresponding chapters of his Practical Guide for Jewish Genealogy in France and abroad. He insists on four rules  : utilize sources in France, e.g. naturalization files ; widely use the Internet ; consult the LDS microfilms ; be prepared to some expenses.



A faulty family record approved by a minister !

Participation of the cgj in  the third Biennial French Genealogical Exhibition in Paris.

Some more informations about naturalization files in the French Archives.

Database of the Lorraine Genalogical Association.



Two new publications by the CGJ :

The Guide pratique de Généalogie Juive en France et à l’étranger  (Practical Guide for Jewish Genealogy in France and Abroad) by Basile Ginger, is analyzed by Ernest Kallmann.

Les recensements des communautés Juives du Haut-Rhin en 1851 (1851 Census of Jewish communities in Haut-Rhin) inventoried by Pierre Katz, is presented by Pierre-André Meyer.

Michel-Louis Lévy, a demographist, analyzes Anne-Lifshitz-Krams’ recent book on naturalizations, and Jacques Taïeb the revised edition of Jews of Algeria, Memories and plurial identities by Joelle Allouche-Benayoun and Doris Bensimon