Sephardic Origins And Familial Transformations in the Spanish Extremadura
Some the characteristics of the Sephardic Extremaduran Genealogical Database include:
- 924 individuals,
- 123 families/surnames,
- Earliest date for an individual is 1153 C.E. (common era) and the latest is 1706 C.E.,
- 3,503 recorded life “events” – for example “living” in a particular village,
- 50 place locations,
- 28 primary and secondary sources, and
- 1,202 individual citations recorded.
Research Methods and Sources
Dr. Martínez conducted original research in Spain for this project, as well as employed three undergraduate students in the preparation of the database. Dr. Martínez wishes to acknowledge the important efforts of the following University of Colorado-Colorado Springs students: Ms. Kim Sweetwood, Mr. Andrew Roome, and Ms. Kelcey Vogel. The three primary methods of conducting research for this project included: Onsite review of manuscripts and documents in local municipal, ecclesiastical, and national archives in Spain,
- Electronic review of the Spanish Ministry of Educacion, Culture, and Sports online search tool for national and state archives (known as the Portal de Archivos Españoles, or PARES, http://pares.mcu.es/), and
- Textual review of printed primary and secondary sources.
Due to reduced funding for the project, as well as Dr. Martínez being denied access to cathedral archives in Plasencia (Spain) and Coria (Spain) because of church staffing limitations, project research and findings were scaled back. However, the delivered database (17 June 2014) included over 900 persons of Jewish and converso status. In limited cases, Christians closely-associated with Jewish and converso persons were included in the database as well.