Sephardic Family

8 benefits of Portuguese citizenship

In a super connected world and in constant change, more and more people are able to achieve double citizenship and a second passport.

on October 7, 2021
White Castle

It is believed that, for a long period, since the 13th century, the surname was linked to tradition and nobility. 

on April 28, 2021
Branca Dias, a story of resistance and faith

The trajectory of the Portuguese Branca Dias inspired books, plays, films, comic books and documentaries.

on April 19, 2021
Paula Leite Barros' family

The history of Paula Leite de Barros' family in Brazil begins with Pedro Vaz de Barros, a New Christian from Lisbon who migrated to Brazil at the end of the 16th century.

on April 9, 2021
Luciano Dias Cardoso Vargas: Abraham of Jaguaribe

Luciano Dias Cardoso Vargas, known as Abraão do Jaguaribe, has his Sephardic connection through the New Christian Dinis Bravo.

on March 24, 2021
Nogueira da Gama family

The Nogueira da Gama are descendants of a large and prominent family that, in colonial times in Brazil, received honors and titles of nobility.

on March 10, 2021
Joaquina do Pompéu and her Sephardic descent in Minas Gerais

In addition to being a farmer and a businesswoman, Dona Joaquina de Pompéu is the matriarch of thousands of Sephardic descendants who are entitled to Portuguese citizenship.

on February 24, 2021
3 tips to begin your search for a Sephardic ancestor

More and more people have turned to genealogical research to document ties to Jewish ancestors in order to secure approval of the process.

on February 17, 2021
Sephardic descent in Minas Gerais

These descendants saw in the region's development an opportunity to settle down and develop their economic activities.

on February 15, 2021
Antunes Maciel family

The Antunes Maciel family, quite numerous in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, has its origins on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

on February 10, 2021
Teixeira Family

The first members of the Teixeira family arrived in Brazil at the end of the 18th century in different places.

on November 3, 2020
Castro e Silva Family

The Castro and Silva left their mark on political history and vast descent, spread throughout Brazil, especially in Ceará.

on October 12, 2020
Family Medeiros

Many believe that the Medeiros brothers fled to Brazil due to the persecution imposed by the Inquisition.

on September 18, 2020
The Bicudos, members of the Portuguese court

The history of the Bicudo family begins on the beautiful São Miguel Island, the largest in the Azores archipelago, Portugal.

on September 16, 2020
Almeida Coelho Family

The Sephardic bond occurs with the marriage of Ambrósio de Almeida Coelho with Maria Augusta do Sacramento, descendant of the Azorean Antonio Fernandes.

on September 2, 2020
Oliveira Ledo Family: from brick making to the colonization of Paraíba

The family gave rise to one of the most traditional families in the Northeast, especially in Cariri in Paraíba.

on August 21, 2020
Dantas Corrêa, the conquest of the Northeast

The descendants of this family branch add up to thousands of people living in the region of Seridó, Rio Grande do Norte and Paraíba.

on August 5, 2020
Ribeiro do Vale Family

Many descendants of Portuguese noble families were attracted by the promise of wealth in Brazilian lands during the colonial period.

on July 23, 2020
Portuguese law paves the way for Brazilian families to discover their Jewish origins

Since 2015 the Portuguese government started to grant Portuguese nationality to the descendants of Sephardic Jews.

on July 14, 2020
Aguiar Family: Northeast and South Brazil

Evidence points that the Aguiar family would have arisen from the Guedes and D. Pedro Mendes de Aguiar would have been their patriarch.

on July 13, 2020
Carneiro da Fontoura, military by tradition

The surname is inscribed in the history of the conquest of the territory that today makes up the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

on July 2, 2020
Resende Costa Family, the inconfidentes

The Resende Costa family recorded its name in the history of Brazil, especially after the participation of some of its members in Inconfidência Mineira.

on June 25, 2020
Toledo Pizza, centuries of history

One of the most traditional families present in southeastern Brazil, the Toledo Piza's history goes back centuries.

on June 16, 2020
Find out how to find documents for your grandparents and great-grandparents

Here we have prepared some guidelines on the most important documents of your grandparents and great-grandparents and where you can find them.

on June 11, 2020
Leão family, Sephardic people spread throughout Brazil

Studies show that descendants of one of the branches of the family spread across southeastern Brazil, especially Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais.

Private: Jerfson Lins Per Private: Jerfson Lins on June 22, 2020
Proença Coelho Family

It is possible that, in order to be able to embark for Brazil fleeing the persecutions of the Inquisition, members of the Cohen family would have adopted the surname Coelho.

on May 29, 2020
Vaz de Barros, high positions in the colony

One of the most traditional families to settle in São Paulo, the Vaz de Barros have a considerable participation in Brazilian history.

on May 18, 2020
Leme Family

The family originated in the city of Bruges, currently the capital of the province of West Flanders, Belgium.

on May 8, 2020
Family Days

More than one million Brazilians currently sign with the surname Dias, however, not all of them necessarily have the same origin.

on April 8, 2020
Henrique de Carvalho family, the heritage of southern Brazil

The small village of Penamacor, in Portugal, was where the surnames Henriques and Carvalho joined.

on April 3, 2020
The Bezerras, survivors of the Inquisition

The first Bezerra known in the Portuguese court was D. Afonso de Melo Bezerra, the loyal squire of Queen Izabel.

on March 24, 2020
The Holandas, a strong presence in Brazil

It is one of the most traditional families in Brazil and many of its members are well known: Sérgio Buarque de Holanda and his musician children, for example.

on March 3, 2020
The Pereiras, numerous Sephardic descendants

A common surname in Brazil, as well as quite traditional in Ceará, present in practically all regions of the state.

on February 16, 2020
The Ximenes, from the Iberian Peninsula to the world

The Spanish city of Segovia was the birthplace of the Sephardic patriarch Abrahan Senior, who gave birth to the large Ximenes family.

on February 14, 2020
The Fernandes, born in the Douro

The Fernandes Family, from Rio Grande do Norte, was one of those that already managed to prove Sephardic descent.

on January 24, 2020