My lost sephardic ancestry #sephardic


Hello, I am from Jordan and we have a family story talking about how my mom's side came from spain after the expulsion of Jews, although I couldn't prove that.
I did a dna test on Myheritage, and the results showed that I had 55% Jewish ancestry, You can see them in the pictures below.
I don't know how I can get records about my family and ancestors, I want to prove my sephardic ancestry to get a Spanish nationality, I also want to retrieve my lost heritage, how can I find someone that will help me find my lost family tree?

Qotaiba Fraihat

Karen Lukeman

I am 1/2 Mizrahi/Sephardic and looked to see if you and I are related on MyHeritage...unfortunately, we are not. One suggestion that I have is to contact some of your DNA matches....if you have 2nd cousins and 3rd cousins, and see if they can provide any clues. Do you have your mother's maiden name, and perhaps your maternal grandmother's maiden name?  

There are also several good Sephardic genealogy sites, such as

All the best to you!!
Karen Calmon Lukeman
KALMANOWITZ (Lyubcha and towns near Grodno, Vilna and Minsk)
GOLDSMITH (Bakshty and Ivje)
NASSER (Damascus)
BENBAJI (Damascus)
BALLAS (Damascus)

Michele Lock

I also agree that it is worth looking into the ethnicity of your closest DNA matches, and see if you can figure out how you are related to them.

In addition, its important to put together your family tree based on records that you can find, especially for grandparents, great grandparents, and farther back. This would mean finding records from Ottoman and British times (which admittedly, I don't know much about).

The other thing you could try is to do DNA testing on the oldest person or persons on your grandmother's side of the family. The older the person is, the more likely they will have higher amounts of Jewish DNA, and the easier it will be to identify DNA matches. 

Good luck.
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

Paula & David

I also have a passed-down family story about my father’s family having been in Spain before the inquisition, escaping to Izmir Turkey, and later to Poland and then Hungary. One way I have validated this story is to get a male cousin on that family line to do a Y-dna test, because these results go back @ 500 years, rather than the couple of hundred for autosomal dna. I discovered about a 10% or so of the matches had Hispanic names,( many of which were also cohanim matches,) which I have been told is very unusual for an “Ashkenazi” Jew . No one had my actual surname, I assume because my links to these matches go back before the early 1800;s.

I do not know if you have any cousins who are male descendants of that family line, or if the same would work for the mtDNA test. I also do not know if this genetic connection to Hispanic folks would be sufficient for your purposes.

Good luck, Paula Solomon
Paula Solomon

researching:   WAXMAN, FLAKSMAN, SHULMAN, from the area near Chelm/Lublin Poland
SOLOMON, WEISZ, BERGER, from the area near Munkacs Hungary/Czechoslavakia/Ukraine

Yehuda Berman

As far as I know, the Spanish law giving descendants of Spanish Jews citizenship also demands that they prove a connection to Spanish culture, for example speaking Spanish (or Judeo-Spanish) or some other cultural markers. If there is a Spanish embassy or consulate in Jordan I suggest that you contact them to find out exactly what you need to prove a Spanish connection. Good luck.
Yehuda Berman