Ethics and Genealogy, Spring issue of Revue of French CGJ #general

Lifshitz-Krams Anne

Number 61 of the Revue du Cercle de Genealogie Juive is now available. You
will find in it
- Some ethical questions raised by Genealogy : I examined the postings
relating to ethics in the JewishGen discussion group, over five years. The
participants are mainly Anglo-American, but also European, Latin-American
and Israeli. Most postings cover three main topics : "what is a Jewish
family ?" with two sets of contradicting opinions : blood line vs. social
connection and precedence of truth vs. Freedom of the researcher's choice;
"sources" i.e. use of non-kosher data (e.g. Nazi or Mormon), and questioning
third parties ; "transmission and recipients of the information". In all
choices, the governing idea is to add some "flesh" on past individuals
thanks to the "truth" for which the genealogical methods provide assistance.

The other main articles in this issue are :
- Jewish weddings in Constantine (Algeria) : years 1847 and 1848
The publication of Fernand Deray's group is continued. This publication has
already helped complementing the Dictionary of French Judaism in the 19th
century under preparation by the editorial staff of Archives Juives

- Austrian in Odessa : The author's paternal ancestors originate in Odessa,
Ukraine. Their name being obviously of Germanic origin, the author, André
Landesman, locates Landesman namesakes in Moravia, many of which moved to
Vienna during the 19th century. Odessa, founded in 1794, became part of the
"Jewish residence zone" ant thus attracted a large Jewish community, eager
to take advantage of the business opportunities of the new port on the Black
- Reconstituting connections : two families >from Moselle : Pascal Faustini
studies two families which, at first sight, have no connection. They are
located in three villages on either side of the border between the Moselle
Département and Sarre. Having exploited all conventional sources, he happens
to read court proceedings of 1777-79 citing several Jews. This allows him to
bridge time gaps and make use of earlier, until then unrelated documents,
and finally connect these families. This paper demonstrates that, at least
in France, chance and method allow to overcome the "1792-barrier", marking
the beginning of civil life records.
- The earliest ancestors of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in Soultzmat : Denis
Ingold, prompted by a ketuba provided by an American correspondent, modifies
the ancestry of Captain Alfred Dreyfus published earlier and reconstructs
his patrilineal ancestry, leading to the village of Soultzmatt.
- Hebrew paleography : Eliane Ross-Schuhl deciphers a series of 35 mappoth
from Porrentruy, in the Swiss Jura, lent by 2000. A specific mappa is
translated and commented in the paper.
- A propos : Denis Ingold deciphers a sandstone tomb stele, discovered by
René Grumbach on the occasion of a house demolition in Wintzenheim ; he
identifies the deceased woman using the data of the Mohelbuch of R. Hirtz
Blum >from Uffholtz. Laurent Kassel suggests changes to certain family
connections published in Mémoire Juive en Alsace by André A. Fraenckel which
he finds contradictory and puts forth the idea of systematically researching
similar errors for publication. Ernest Kallmann extracts >from the CGJ A.A.
Fraenckel Documentary Fund a 1725 census, permitting to reconstruct
families >from 37 Lower Alsace communities, exemplified by the Kahn family
from Kolbsheim.
- And as always : New documents in our Library, Book and Press Review,
Questions and answers.
Anne Lifshitz-Krams
Cercle de Genealogie Juive

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