Help with finding details on family from Alexandria, Egypt #sephardic


I am asking for a friend of mine.  She has been trying to determine details regarding her great grandmother especially her maiden name, origins and where her burial plot is in Alexandria, Egypt.  Apparently she had been told there was a fire that destroyed many of the records.  The details she does know are as follows:

  • Her great grandmother's married name was Fortunata Asher and she was married to David Asher.  
  • They lived in Alexandria, Egypt, although she understood her great grandmother was originally from Italy
  • She knows that Fortunata was buried in a Jewish cemetery in Alexandria but is unsure exactly where
  • Her great grandfather was Sephardic and she does have a picture of him in a fez in Alexandria. 
  • Apparently any surviving family left for Paris during the great depression and so there is no link into Egypt today
My friend has tried in the past to find information but so far no luck.  Does anybody have any ideas?  Are there any researchers out there that have expertise in this area?

Many thanks for any help that can be provided.

Anne Kestenbaum

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