New book on Sephardic Genealogy #scandinavia

Elsebeth Paikin

Posted for Jeff Malka

Dear fellow newslist members,

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book:
"Sephardic Genealogy: Discover your Ancestors and their World",
Avotaynu, 2002 (for ordering information see

The first and only book in English to focus on Sephardic genealogy,
this 384 page, extensively documented book is divided into 4 parts
and would be of benefit to both the beginner and advanced researcher
of Sephardic genealogy.

Part I deals with a brief review of Sephardic history, the status of
Jews under Islam, Sephardic languages, and the evolution of Sephardic
names >from biblical times to the present.

Part II covers the methodology for valid genealogical research including
record keeping and date conversions >from a variety of calendars.

Part III discusses the known archives and resources for genealogical
research in 20 countries where Sephardim have lived, >from pre-expulsion
Spain to North Africa, Turkey, the Balkans, Egypt, Syria, and more.

Part IV contains a directory, sorted by country, of internet sites and
resources of interest to Sephardic genealogists.

An appendix provides a dictionary of many Sephardic surnames giving
their etymological meanings and origins. Eleven other appendixes offer
reference tables of Arabic and of Sephardic Hebrew cursive alphabets,
Islamic calendars, genealogy forms, archival resources, and similar.
An extensive bibliography, 19 illustrations and maps, 8 tables, separate
person and topic indexes make for easy reference and use.

Jeff Malka, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.O.S. <>
"SefardSIG: Sephardic Genealogy at JewishGen" website:

"Resources for Sephardic Genealogy" website:
(Jewish Agency for Israel TOP TEN; Britannica 2 STARS)

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