Thank you & seeking help with French research #france

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

Firstly, I'd just like to say a very big thank you to the French experts Bernard Flam and David Choukroun who have been offering so many useful research tips and suggestions in the past couple of weeks to people researching their relatives in France. Reading your advice to others has helped me tremendously, and probably others too.

I do have a few questions that I hope you can help me with. I'd be very grateful for any assistance with the following:

1. I have a relative who died in Paris in 1988 and I have obtained his death record, but I don't know where he was buried. I have checked the Paris archives website and the cemetery records are online only until 1968. Is there a source where I could find out where he was buried, or would I have to write to each individual cemetery to ask? If so, which cemetery would be most likely? His name was Raphael Jacob BULWAR, d. 11 January 1988. His death certificate was issued from the 11th arrondissement.

2. I believe that my relative above, who was originally from Poland, was naturalized in Paris in the late 1940s-early 1950s. How can I find his naturalization documents?

3. To my excitement, I found the names of a couple of other relatives in a private family tree in Filae, but I don't have a subscription so I can't see the full information. The tree notes their deaths but I was unable to find them in the INSEE files. I have tried writing to the person in charge of the tree several times, but never receive an answer. Would it be possible for someone to look up the information on their deaths for me? Their names were Dora HAMANY or HAMANI nee BULWAR (b. in Paris in 1935) and her ex-husband Michel Meyer HAMANY/HAMANI.

Thanking you once again very kindly in advance for any assistance,

All the best,
Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.
Professional writer, editor, proofreader, translator.
Certified guide, Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Memorial.

David Choukroun

Dear Miriam, 

Thanks for your kind words

About 1/ After 1969, you need to write to the Service central des cimetières, 71 rue des Rondeaux, 75020 PARIS  a letter (sorry in French I am afraid) asking them to locate the place (within 20 possible cemeteries)
The response time is about 1 month. I did it several times, it works.   I can help to push the request, just send me in private the name ( Raphael Jacob BULWAR, d. 11 January 1988), and all possible information.  They are sometimes asking a proof that the request is coming from the I would need also to mention your link into the letter. Relative = Cousin ?   

About 2/ again follow Bernard Flam's guideline :)
For all the periods, you need to find the decree number as first step.
Most of them are on line , except the 1931 à 1948 period, for which a specific process applies
For this one, we need to ask the French National Archives to find the decree number for us (to my knowledge) 
I did a quick search, and I am afraid you fall into this 1931-1948 period.  To be verified

 About 3/ I am sorry, I do not have a filae registration. I hope somebody else will check for you
I had a quick look to the Insee files without success (but they are only valid for Post 1970 deaths)

Hope that helps, 






What I found on Filae

Michel HAMANY, born 23 March 1925, Sefrou, Fès-Meknès, Maroc, death 15 May 1981 Paris France
Dora HAMANY-BULWARD, born 7 September 1935, Paris France, death 1990 Paris France
no INSEE records...

kind regards,
Pascale Hollande, Monnetier-Mornex, Haute-Savoie, France