Resource Guide:
Sephardic Genealogy Resources

Created by Jeffrey S. Malka in January 2012

Sephardim lived in many countries throughout the world and their genealogical resources are similarly diverse. I will therefore limit myself to a selection of major headings from which the researcher can find all the more specialized resources.

Note: many hereditary Sephardic surnames (not all) go back to the 1200’s and archives in Spain allow research to that date. Even though many converso families returned to Judaism, converso surnames only go back to the dates of conversion.

MAJOR SEPHARDIC GENEALOGY WEBSITES

  • Sephardic Genealogy Resources
    The largest website for Sephardic Genealogy. Contains extensive searchable databases, history, Sephardic Family websites, Sephardic Gazetteer, Country by country sites, calendar conversions, etc.

GENERAL TOPICS

HISTORY

DATABASES

SEPHARDIC SURNAMES

JEWISH ENCYCLOPEDIA

WIKIPEDIA

BIBLIOGRAPHY

General works:

  • Malka, J.S. Sephardic Genealogy: Discovering your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World., 2nd Ed. Avotaynu 2009
  • Tagger, M. & Kerem, Y. Guidebook for Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical Sources in Israel. Avotaynu, 2006.
  • Faiguenboim, G., et al. Dicionário Sefaradi de Sobrenomes. 2003 (Portuguese/English).
  • Abecassis, Jose Maria. Genealogia Hebraica. Portugal e Gibraltar. Lisboa 1990 (in Portuguese).5 volumes of documented family trees (XVII to XX centuries)
  • Laredo, Abraham. Les Noms des Juifs du Maroc. Institut Montano, Madrid, 1978.
    Extensive biographic listing with detailed sources, etc.
  • Galante, Abraham. Histoire des Juifs de Turquie. Istanbul, Isis, 1940. 9v.
  • Nehama, Joseph. Histoire des Juifs de Salonique. Thessaloki, 1935-1939 and 1971. 7v.

Other bibliographies:

  • Bibliographies on SephardicGen– Annotated Bibliography of Sephardic Genealogy and History,- Articles published in the Jewish Press,- Printed Books on Cemeteries of Sephardic Communities among the Collections of the Jewish National and University Library and the Ben Zvi Institute in Jerusalem,

    – Annotated Index of North African Family Histories,

    – Bibliography of Greek Family Histories,

    – and others off-site.

JUDEO AND OTHER LANGUAGES


This guide was compiled by Jeffrey Malka in January, 2012. If you see anything that needs updating, or know of additional resources, please contact us. Thank you.

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