Multcolib Research Picks: Sephardic roots

Sephardic Genealogy
Sephardic Genealogy Discovering your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World By Malka, Jeffrey S. (Book - 2002 ) R- 929.1089 M251s 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:A practical handbook for family history researchers who are beginning to investigate Sephardic roots.

Guidebook for Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical Sources in Israel
Guidebook for Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical Sources in Israel By Tagger, Mathilde A. (Book - 2006 ) 929.3569 T125g 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:Detailed lists of resources for Sephardic genealogists in libraries, archives, history centers, and museums.

The Cross and the Pear Tree
The Cross and the Pear Tree A Sephardic Journey By Perera, Victor (Book - 1995 ) 929.2 P437c Available in some locations

Annotation:Victor Perera investigates his own family's history, tracing their roots through several continents back to Toledo, Spain.

Jews and Muslims in British Colonial America
Jews and Muslims in British Colonial America A Genealogical History By Hirschman, Elizabeth Caldwell (Book - 2012 ) 929.1072 H6696j 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:From historical writings, ship manifests, wills, land grants, DNA testing, genealogies, and settler lists, and the widespread presence of Jews and Muslims in prominent positions in all of the original colonies, this work looks freshly at the early American experience, postulating that many initial US colonists were of Sephardic Jewish and Muslim Moorish ancestry.

The House of Jacob
The House of Jacob By Courtine-Denamy, Sylvie (Book - 2003 ) 929.2089 C965c 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:French academic Courtine-Denamy traces her family's roots back to the Spanish village of Cuenca, where her earliest known ancestors were Sepharadic Jews exiled during the Inquisition. Ranging over three continents, several countries, and a dozen generations, she recounts the fates of various relatives up through her parents as they move through Salonika, Constantinople, Bayonne, Varna, Vienna, Israel, America, Paris, and the Nazi occupation.

The Forgetting River
The Forgetting River A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition By Carvajal, Doreen (Book - 2012 ) 305.892404688 C3311f 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:New York Times journalist Doreen Carvajal traces her own family’s genealogy, and tries to answer the question: were her ancestors Spanish conversos, forced converts from Judaism to Christianity?

The Return to Judaism
The Return to Judaism Descendants From the Inquisition Discovering Their Jewish Roots By Malamed, Sandra Cumings (Book - 2010 ) 909.04924 M236r 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:During the 1990s, historian Sandra Malamed conducted a series of probing interviews with people of Spanish and Portuguese descent across the country and abroad, who considered themselves Christians or even non-believers, but who nonetheless practiced various Jewish traditions-often without knowing where the traditions came from. When she explained to them what these customs were all about, they were fascinated to learn that Judaism might be part of their families' history.

The Jews of Spain
The Jews of Spain A History of the Sephardic Experience By Gerber, Jane S. (Book - 1994 ) 946.0049 G362j 1994 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A history charting the story of "New Christians," secret Jews who were persecuted by the Inquisition, from Mexico to Peru, together with the story of Sephardic communities that flourished openly from Romania, Syria and Turkey to the U.S. and Barbados.

The Road From Babylon
The Road From Babylon The Story of Sephardi and Oriental Jews By Raphael, Chaim (Book - 1985 ) 909.0492 R217r Available in some locations

Annotation:An overall history of the Sephardic people, including their ascent during Spain's Golden Age; Sephardic settlements in Cairo, Sicily, Baghdad and Persia; the gradual decline of the Sephardim, which paralleled the decline of the Muslim world; and the “ingathering'' of Sephardic Jews to Israel. Includes many illustrations.

Farewell España
Farewell España The World of the Sephardim Remembered By Sachar, Howard Morley (Book - 1995 ) 946.0049 S1211f 1995 Available in some locations

Annotation:“The Jews of Spain, integrated into Arab culture since the 10th century, flourished under Islamic and subsequent Christian rule, becoming scientists, poets, merchants and farmers despite periodic outbursts of Christian fanaticism and conversionary pressure. Expelled from Spain in 1492, Sephardic Jews sought refuge in the Ottoman empire, North Africa, Italy and elsewhere. . . . [Howard] Sachar's vibrant odyssey charts Sephardic Jewry's dispersal, acculturation and achievements.” - from the review in Publisher’s Weekly

The Ornament of the World
The Ornament of the World How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created A Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain By Menocal, Maria Rosa (Book - 2002 ) 946.02 M547o 2002b All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 3 copies

Annotation:This history brings to vivid life the rich and thriving culture of medieval Spain where, for more than seven centuries, Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance, and literature, science, and the arts flourished.

A Vanished World
A Vanished World Medieval Spain's Golden Age of Enlightenment By Lowney, Chris (Book - 2005 ) 946.02 L919v 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 711, a ragtag army of Muslim North Africans conquered Christian Spain and launched Western Europe's first (and to date only) Islamic state. In 1492, Ferdinand and Isabella vanquished Spain's last Muslim kingdom, forced Jews to convert or emigrate, and dispatched Christopher Columbus to the New World. In the years between, Spain's Muslims, Christians, and Jews forged a golden age for each faith and distanced Spain from a Europe mired in the Dark Ages.

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An array of books about Sephardic history: practical advice for Sephardic genealogists, stories from researchers who have delved into Sephardic family history, general books about Sephardic history, and histories of Spain in the period *before* the expulsion of the Jews 1492. - Emily-Jane D.


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