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Izmir (Turkey) Marriages - 1820-1933



At the 1997 Annual Conference of Jewish Genealogy Professor Dov Cohen presented in Paris a list of names of 7,300 Brides and Grooms from the Jewish community of Izmir. The names were extracted from several Izmir community notebooks currently preserved at the CAHJP. These notebooks were written in the Sephardic solitreo script which Professor Cohen, one of the few academics still able to read solitreo, transcribed into latin alphabet.

The marriages took place between 1820 and 1933 in Izmir.

The database presented here is an enlarged version containing 11,280 names and provides the following data elements:
Surname, and their alternatives, Given Names and Aliases, Year of the marriage, and Sex of the individual.

Some names appear several times. On the one hand the names may be homonymous (more than one individual bearing the same name), but it could also be the case of a remarriage of the same person after divorcing or being widowed.

For those who need to view the originals, the records from which the data was extracted are at the Central Archives of the History of the Jewish People under TR/Izmir 257, 672-683.


We acknowledge the tremendous contributions and lifelong dedication of Mathilde Tagger, z"l who made this index available. For many years, and right until her untimely death, Mathilde Tagger was a very close friend and collaborator with Jeff Malka. Together they worked to promote Sephardic genealogy research and educate the public about its enormous potential.

In addition, we express our grateful appreciation to Dr. Jeff Malka for his monumental ongoing effort to collect and make accessible Sephardic genealogical information, and for his generosity in contributing his extraordinarily valuable collection to JewishGen.

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