Know the difference between tree and genealogical study
The whole process of Portuguese citizenship through Sephardic Jews is based on documentary evidence of genealogical links with a Sephardic ancestor. It is common for some to confuse Genealogy and genealogical study (or genealogical report). Don't worry, you'll easily understand the difference:
1. The family tree
The family tree is the result of a genealogical study and a summary of that study. In it we easily identify who are the parents, grandparents, great-grandparents etc., and where and when they were born, for example. In general, there is no requirement for documentary evidence. The family tree can also be a graphic representation of that genealogical study. Some people even print and use it as a decorative object (here's the tip!). It is worth saying that the Israeli Community of Lisbon (CIL) requires a standard for analyzing these trees.
2. The genealogical study
The genealogical study, also called genealogical report, it's the survey of documents that identify generations and prove a person's connection with their ancestors. It is necessary to attach documents such as birth, marriage or death certificates, bibliographies. In the case of Sephardic citizenship, these documents must reach the Sephardic ancestor. Check here a list of 5 types of important documents to prove the Sephardic bond. Each genealogist can apply a methodology to the reports, but here, CIL also requires report analysis standards.
Was it easy to see the difference? It is also important to know that both documents are a requirement of CIL for the issue of the Sephardic bond certificate. Many people think they already have the genealogical study when, in fact, they only have the family tree. If you need your genealogical study to apply for Portuguese nationality by Sephardic way, respond to the pre-analysis form.
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