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Genealogy Guide: Sephardic and Mizrahi Research

Primary Records

Archivo Historico Nacional

Serrano 115, 28006 Madrid, Spain
phone (34) 91 768 85 00, fax (34) 91 563 11 99

The archives holds Inquisition records including papers of the Supreme Council of the Inquisition.


Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center-Or Yehuda

83 Mordechai Ben Porat Ave. POB 151, Or Yehuda 602610, Israel

Tel: 972-03-5339278 [site currently under construction]


Ben Zvi Institute                                                                                            

Abarbanel 12, Rechavia, Jerusalem P.O. B. 7660 Jerusalem 91076, Israel

Tel: 972-02-5398888    [Hebrew]


Oriens Judaicus Series—Sources for the History of Jews in Muslim Lands


Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People

Giv'at Ram Campus, Hebrew University, Jerusalem  P.O.B. 39077, Jerusalem 91030, Israel

Tel: 972-02-6586249


Partial community archives from Algeria, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, and other countries.


Damascus (Syria) Jewry Organization in Israel

Rosh Pina St. 3, Tel-Aviv, Israel 66058

Tel: 972-03-6881567   [Hebrew]


Jewish Community of Egypt:

Communities of Cairo, Alexandria and France -

Historical Society of Jews from Egypt -

Yeshiva University Library - Special Collections                                                           

500 West 185th Street, New York, NY  10033

Tel: (212) 960-5451  ;


Jamie Lehmann Memorial Collection contains records of the Cairo Jewish community from 1886 to 1961.  The Sephardic Reference Room houses an extensive collection of books, periodicals, and audio materials in Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Spanish, Hebrew, and English.


Archives Nationales d’Outre Mer (ANOM)

This archive holds the vital records of the former French colonies, except Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Syria (see “Centre des Archives Diplomatiques” section below), more than 100 years old.

Address: 29, chemin du moulin de Testa, 13090 Aix-en-Provence

Telephone: + 33 (0) 4 42 93 38 50

Website:  [English & French]

A database of vital records from the former French colonies is available at  [French]


Centre des Archives diplomatiques de Nantes (CADN)                              

This archive holds the vital records more than 100 years old of French nationals in the former French colonies of Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Syria.

Address: 17, rue de Casterneau, 44000 Nantes
Telephone: (33) 2 51 77 24 59
E-mail: [French]


Ministère des Affaires étrangères, Service central d’Etat civil

This archive holds the vital records less than 100 years old of the former French colonies.

Address: 11, rue de la Maison Blanche, 44941 Nantes Cedex 09

Website:  [French]


Les Juifs d’Afrique du Nord: Bibliographie יהדות צפון- אפריקה ביבליוגראפיה  by Robert Attal, אברהם הטל [Hebrew & French]

Images from the Sephardic world

Sephardic family in Bosnia, 19th century Alhambra Decree Thessaloniki Jewish Women Dancing Postcard Emanuel de Witte - Interieur van de Portugese synagoge te Amsterdam Spanishhaggadah Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-179-1575-08, Ioannina, Deportation von Juden Tajador judeo-español s.XIV 1685 - Inquisição Portugal Jewottoman Jews Byzantine Greek Alexander Manuscript (cropped)