- Hardcover: 363 pages
- Publisher: Avotaynu (January 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1886223149
- ISBN-13: 978-1886223141
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,466,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sephardic Genealogy: Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World
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Dr Malka has done us all an extraordinary favor. This book methodically takes you through a history synopsis (fascinating reading in of itself in its comprehensive brevity) but then takes the reader through archival, bibliographic, internet and other resources. Grouped country by country the book is exhaustive in its throughness. It is amazing how the author was able to condense so much information in only 360 pages.
The huge bibliography and list of Sephardic websites, categorized by country and by interest, are alone worth the purchase but then so also are the methodical listing of resources by country with practical description of how to go about searching in these repositories. To my surprise, because I am an experienced genealogy researcher, the book has opened numerous avenues of search for me - some of whom have already born fruit - and even if it had not, its fascinating writing style packed with little known information would alone have justified my purchase. There are chapters on most countries where Sephardic Jews lived - from pre-expulsion Spain and its 12th century notarial records, to countries in North Africa, Turkey, the Balkans, Italy, Holland, the Caribbean and the Americas. There are even transcription tables for the Arabic alphabet, the little known Sephardic Hebrew script used in Ladino, lists of memberships in 16th century Salonican synagogues, maps, etc.Read more ›
The reader will particularly appreciate large amount of Sephardic surnames which have etymological origins, as well as their own index. It covers source material both in the modern era, as well as potenital sources for genaological information prior to the Iberian expulsion. An index of subjects printed in Jewish journals related to the Sephardim provides a handy reference. The utility of this work is found in the listing of specific addresses where one can send correspondence to seek information. Under each country are archival sources, listed with various points of contact. The fifteen page bibliography is itself a tool for those conducting Sephardic ancestral research.
Dr. Malka accurately explains the little known fact that "population trades" existed between Spain and Morocco.Read more ›
tool. Step-by-step this book will guide you in researching your Jewish ancestors with its exhaustive bibliography, directory of
archives, lists of Sephardic family names and web sites.
It will intrigue those interested by the history of ancient people. A compelling adventure filled with triumphs and tribulations. A saga of a people of persistent courage in the face of adversity.
Jeff Malka takes you on an historical journey from Ancient Babylon to the America's. Visit exotic places from the Sudan to Sicily. Travel the silk route, exchange Islamic and Hebrew religious views, eavesdrop on Spanish converso secrets.
Professor Jeff Malkas' 'Sephardic Genealogy' will set you on an iridescent magic carpet adventure, taking you to your ancestor's doorstep. This is more than a Jewish genealogy book.
This book will add considerable value to reference collections in public libraries by filling an important historical gap.
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Great MUST HAVE book Highly recommend to everyone. Thanks !Published 11 months ago by Happy customer
Thank you, Jeff Malka, for writing this very informative book to help us research and learn more about our Sephardic ancestors. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nancy J. Adelson
There are at least two problems with this book. There is no section, chapter, paragraph or even a full sentence referring to the Ladino speaking (i.e. Read morePublished 24 months ago by My Review