Western Sephardim DNA Project #general

Michael Waas


I'm looking for potential participants to participate in our study of Western
Sephardi paternal DNA lineages. Thanks to a generous grant,testing kits will be
provided at no cost to the participants. Eligible participants are those who are
direct paternal line descendants of the Western Sephardi community.

What is the Western Sephardi community? The Western Sephardim, were arguably the
original transnational people in the age of Imperialism and Colonialism,
transcending religious boundaries and empires.The Western Sephardim include the
communities of Amsterdam, London, Livorno, Venice, Bordeaux and Southwest France,
and their daughter communities in the New World in Curacao, Suriname, and North
America. There were also Western Sephardim who ended up in the Ottoman Empire,
most notably in Izmir, Salonika, and Tunis.

Who is eligible? Anyone who is >from those communities of direct paternal descent is
eligible. For example, I am a part of the testing cohort, representing the Vaz
Lopes family of Bordeaux and Amsterdam. As part of the testing, we will also need
an accurate paternal genealogy, with as much information as you can provide.

The goal of this project is to try and shed light on the origins of the Western
Sephardi community and to establish a strong dataset of DNA results, grounded in
strong archival research and results that would lead to further intensive studies
of Sephardim.

Please contact me if you are interested or know someone who might be eligible. We
aim to have a cohort of at least 50 men tested. I am happy to answer any questions!
Your privacy is protected and the results of the study will be published.

Thanks for your interest!

Best Regards,

Michael Waas
University of Haifa, Masters Candidate in Jewish History

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