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Infofile about Sephardic genealogy in Izmir (Smyrna)  by Laurence Abensur
A genealogist's research trip to Istanbul
 by Barbara Algaze
List of names from Yusuf Besalel's book Osmanli ve Turk Yahudileri
 by Daniel Kazez
List of names from Anri Niyego's book The Untold Story of a Jewish Community in Istanbul: Our Last Hundred Years in Haydarpasa
 by Daniel Kazez
Translation of List of Jews deported from Monastir in 1943
 Moises Hasson
Translation of List of Jews deported from Florina (Greece) by the Nazis
 Moisis Hasson
Sepharadic (Salonican) Brotherhood of America - members list  by Pitchon and Kouchel
Jewish History of Florina
 Mishel Sarfatis, Moises Hasson
Translation of: Zikron Salonike;gedulata ve-hurbana shel Yerushalim de-Balkan; grandeza i destruyicion de Yerushalim del Balken
 David A. Recanati, Lynn Gazis-Sax, J.F. Montel

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Genealogy oriented links

SephardicGen: Searchable Databases
SephardicGen: Turkey section

The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP)

Hebrew University Campus, Sprinzak Bldg, Givat Ram. P.O.Box 1149, Jerusalem 91010, Israel. Tel./Fax: (972)-2-5635716

    Thessaloniki - Community archives (1913-1946)
    Istanbul - 'Pinkassim' of the rabbinical court (1839-1841)
    Izmir - Community archives (1760-1970)

Archives of Turkey
  In Turkish
How the the Turkish Archives are organized
  In English
The Rhodes Jewish Museum
Superb site
Head Stones
Alphabetical listings and photos of 800 tombstones from Rhodes Jewish Museum
Istanbul Marriages and Burials
from Daniel Kazez
La Pagina Rodas
Monastiri Research List Turkey, Greece, Spain.
List of names, Salonika Jewish Community, 1943
from U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum microfilms (1997-A0220)
Istanbul Ashkenazi Burial list of names
from Frayman's book: A Hundred Year Old Synagogue in Yuksekkaldirim

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General Sites

Turkish alphabet

History of Turkish Jews

Jewish Community of Salonika

Sefaradi of Monastir (Bitola)

Jewish Museum of Istanbul

Rhodes Jewish Museum
Photos, etc.
Name Index to Rhodes Jewish Museum

Jewish history of Yugoslavia

Jewish history of Macedonia

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Bibliography

For a more extensive bibliography click here

Malka, Jeffrey S.

Sephardic Genealogy:
Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World.

Avotaynu, 2002. Click here for Table of Contents and to order.
Indispensible. The ONLY comprehensive book for Sephardic Genealogy. -- History, research methods, archives, surnames, maps, bibliography, and more.

Galante, Avram

Histoire des Juifs de Turquie.
Editions ISIS, 1985. Isis Yayimcilik, Kuymcu Irfan Sok, 22/2 Nisantasi, Istambul, Turkey.
Tells the story of the Jews of Turkey.

Franco, Moise

Essai sur l'histoire des Israelites de l'Empire Ottoman depuis les origines jusqu'a nos jours.
Paris, Dularcher, 1897. (in French)
This work is a real masterpiece on the subject. The 1897 edition has no index, but many names are mentionned.

Shaw, Stanford J.

Jews of the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic.
Institute of Turkish Studies, 1994. Order from Amazon Books now.
Very good.

Levy, Avigdor

Jews of the Ottoman Empire.
Darwin Press, 1994. Order from Amazon Books now.
Very good.

Attal, Robert

Les Juifs de Grece de l'expulsion d'Espagne a nos jours; bibliographie.
Jerusalem, Institut Ben Zvi & l'Universite Hebraique de Jerusalem, 1984.
Includes 2297 references in Greek, Hebrew, Ladino, French, English. Index: subjects, authors and places.

Attal, Robert

Les Juifs de Grece de l'expulsion d'Espagne a nos jours; bibliographie. Additifs a la premiere edition.
Jerusalem, Institut Ben Zvi & l'Universite Hebraique de Jerusalem, 1984.
Includes 940 references in Greek, Hebrew, Ladino, French, English. Index: subjects, authors and places.

Rivlin, Bracha, ed.

Encyclopaedia of Jewish Communities from their foundation till after the Holocaust - Greece.
Jerusalem, Yad Vashem, 1998.
Includes a very large and useful bibliography and a detailed index.

Angel, Marc D.

The Jews of Rhodes: The History of a Sephardic Community.
Sepher-Hermon Press, Inc., New York, 1978.
Very good.

Nahoum, Henri

Les Juifs de Smyrne - 19ieme et 20ieme siecle.
Editions Aubier - Histoires, Paris 1997.
Detailed description of life in Smyrna's Sephardi Jewish community with family names.

Molho, Michael and Mevorah, Avram

History of the Jews of Kastoria.
Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture, NY. (expanded reprint of 1938 volume).
History on the Sephardic Jews of Monastir during the past century.

Cohen, Mark

Last Century of a Sephardic Communit. The Jews of Monastir, 1839-1943.
Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture, NY. 2003.
History on the Sephardic Jews of Monastir during the past century.

Sciaky, Leon

Farewell to Salonica: City at the Crossroads.
Paul Dry Books, 2003. Reprint of 1946 original edition. Order from Amazon Books now.
About growing up at the turn of the twentieth century in Salonica.

Carasso, Elie (editor)

Les Juifs de Salonique, 1492-1943.
Cousins de Salonique, 4 Rue Clerc de Molieres, 13150 Tarascon, France. 1993.
Synagogues, Name lists, Carasso family, Michel Molho, AIU schools, etc.

Carasso, Elie

L'Echelle de Jacob: une famille Sefarade de Salonique.
Cousins de Salonique, 4 Rue Clerc de Molieres, 13150 Tarascon, France. 1993.
Nahmias of Salonica Family history.

Tamir, Vicky

Bulgaria and her Jews: the history of a dubious symbiosis.
New York, Sepher-Hermon Press for Yeshiva University Press, 1979. Order from Amazon Books now.
The most comprehensive study (in English) on this Diaspora. Contains a large bibliography and a detailed index with a lot a names.

Chary, Frederick B.

The Bulgarian Jews and the Final Solution 1940-1944.
Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1972. Order from Amazon Books now.
A well-documented study about that miracle that occured in Bulgaria: its Jews, in the heart of Europe were not deported during WW2. The book has a detailed index and a "bibliographical essay". Many footnotes enlarging the subject.

Arditti, Benjamin

Yehudei Bulgaria bishnot hamishtar hanatsi, 1940-1944.
(Jews of Bulgaria during the years of the Nazi regime, 1940-1944).

Tel Aviv, 1962. 436p. (in Hebrew).
This book is the first one on this subject. When immigrating to Israel in 1949, Arditti brought with him a rich documentation which allowed him to analyze the subject. Includes a documents list, a wide bibliography and an index. This is a masterpiece on the matter. It unfortunately only exists in Hebrew.

Benbassa, Esther; Rodriguez, Aron

A Sephardi Life in Southeastern Europe - The Autobiography and Journal of Gabriel Arie, 1863-1939.
Univ. of Washington Press, Seattle, 1998.
For a listing of names in this family tree click here.

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