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!
University of Haifa, Masters Candidate in Jewish History