One of our committee has recently given a talk on how he traced his ancestry from Portugal to Jamaica. Different generations of his family migrated across continents also living in Amsterdam and London. Steve started his research many years ago pre the internet which meant many visits to archives and manual searches for information. Thankfully many archives have now been digitized making our research a little easier. So sit back, relax and listen here to the remarkable story of how Steve put together his family’s massive jigsaw!
This talk was commissioned by the founders of Sephardic World, David Mendoza of London and Ton Tielen of Amsterdam. http://sephardicgenealogy.com Set up in May 2020, during the lockdown, it has weekly Sunday Zoom meetings, featuring different Sephardic topics of Jewish historic interest from around the world, aimed at a worldwide audience. There is a section, on their list of countries, for Jamaica, with useful Jewish links and information, including this presentation on YouTube.
Steve has always had a love of his native Jamaica and a passion for learning its history and this follows on into researching family connections to that history. There have been many surprising results and revelations on that journey, during the past 50 years.
Some websites you may wish to use in your research: