ZOOM event: Sephardic Jews in Consular and Diplomatic Archives #sephardic #events

David Mendoza

This meeting will also be of interest to those researching Ashkenezi,
Musta'arabi and other Jewish ancestries.

Throughout history, Sephardic Jews interacted with foreign diplomats for
political, business or personal reasons. These interactions have left oceans
of written records in diplomatic archives worldwide. What types of records
exist, where can they be found, which ones will yield the most valuable
information, and what historical or genealogical insights can we gain from
them? The talk will feature lessons learned from exploiting diplomatic
archives in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, multiple
illustrative examples, and an overview of archives begging to be researched.

Thierry Samama has been researching his Tunisian ancestors since 2010. Faced
with the lack of accessible local records in Tunisia, he has pioneered the
exploitation of French Diplomatic Archives for Jewish Tunisian genealogical
purposes, and recruited and led a 25-people team with Cercle de Généalogie
Juive to index consular records and publish the resulting databases. He is
the author of several articles on the topic, and the co-author of a book on
Jews enjoying French consular protection in Tunisia. He is currently
extending this work to diplomatic archives in the Netherlands and the United

The meeting is on Sunday 24 January 2021 at 11am LA, 2pm NYC, 7pm London,
8pm Amsterdam and 9pm Jerusalem. You can join the meeting free at:

Best wishes,

David Mendoza and Ton Tielen