Jewish Genealogy's Other Side: Sephardic Research

Jewish Genealogy's Other Side: Sephardic Research

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by Schelly Talalay Dardashti

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Jewish Genealogy's Other Side: Sephardic Research


Just a few short years ago, those looking for accessible Sephardic resources were simply out of luck. However, thanks to the internet, there are specialized websites, new books, online archival resources, Facebook groups, dedicated conferences and much more. We will analyze archival documents, discuss many websites, educational resources and new research. 


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Presenter: Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Native New Yorker Schelly Talalay Dardashti has lived in Teheran, Tel Aviv, Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and now New Mexico. A journalist and genealogist, she is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage, and has traced her Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Mizrahi families across Iran, Spain, Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. She was an early proponent of DNA for genealogy and co-admins several DNA projects at FamilyTreeDNA. The former genealogy columnist for the Jerusalem Post ("It's All Relative," 1999-2005), she created the award-winning "Tracing the Tribe - The Jewish Genealogy Blog" (2006; now on hiatus), and "Tracing the Tribe - Jewish Genealogy on Facebook" (with 23,000+ global members). Her articles have appeared on JTA, Reform Judaism, Hadassah, NGS Quarterly, Avotaynu and numerous Jewish and general genealogy publications, newspapers, and more. Affiliations: Social media coordinator, Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies; board member, Casa Sefarad (Albuquerque, NM); founding member, JGS of New Mexico; founding organizer, annual Jewish Genetics Conference (NM).

Schelly Talalay Dardashti