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Jewish Genealogy Databases in Switzerland
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Paul Edmond King
2018-02-09 03:28:15 UTC
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To whom or to where does one turn for Swiss vital data pertaining to Jewish
citizens and/ or residents?

Paul King
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T Gass
2018-02-09 19:29:40 UTC
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Hello,

There really aren't any Jewish genealogy databases in Switzerland. General
population databases with vital statistics are kept at the canton level,
and very few are online. The Swiss are starting to digitize some of these,
but they are starting from dates many, many centuries ago and slowly
working forward. The Jewish community in Geneva has a website that includes
the data for the cemetery in Veyrier
http://www.comisra.ch/fr/services/cimetiere.php [1].

I've had some luck finding information (marriages, deaths, births) in old
newspapers on this website
http://newspaper.archives.rero.ch/olive/ODE/CONF_EN/index.html [2]; the text
is searchable, so you can look for specific names. I still have cousins
in French-speaking Switzerland, and they are not aware of any additional
sources of information.

There is an older Jewish cemetery in the Geneva area than the one at Veyrier,
but none of its information is online. The German-speaking Swiss Jews have
this genealogy website http://www.svjg.ch/5/the-society [3] that includes
back issues of a publication that is available only if you join. I have not
joined, so I don't know how useful the information in the quarterly might be.

Generally, finding information requires a trip to Switzerland. I was in
contact last year with someone from JOWBR, and they are desperate for
information from cemeteries in Switzerland. If you do go and visit some
cemeteries, take some extra photos and contact the JOWBR France/Switzerland
coordinator.

Toby Gass

Links:
[1] http://www.comisra.ch/fr/services/cimetiere.php
[2] http://newspaper.archives.rero.ch/olive/ODE/CONF_EN/index.html
[3] http://www.svjg.ch/5/the-society
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