There are over 500 million Latino/Hispanics in the Western Hemisphere. At least 100 million of these Hispanic/Latinos are descendants of Sephardic Anusim Jews. Some regions in this hemisphere have greater concentrations such as the Southwest of the U.S., northeastern Mexico and parts of Latin America.
Today, there are over 16,000 surnames that are of Sephardic Anusim origin. Most of them are commonly found among Hispanics/Latinos. The issue of onomastics or surnames is often the trigger for additional discoveries of Jewish roots within extended families.
Modern DNA testing methods have advanced many investigations. Very often, a DNA test is a short cut to establishing a family tree by discovering distant cousins that begin to fill the genealogical puzzle. Dr. Bennett Greenspan, founder and president of the Family Tree DNA Laboratory in Houston, Texas said that not a week goes by within which someone comes to him, telling him that they “feel” they have Jewish roots. Dr. Greenspan has discovered that after taking a DNA test, lo and behold, they discover that they do.
Stories told by aging members of one’s extended family often lead to oral histories. These oral histories give emergence to Sephardic cultural practices, customs and oral terms known as “Ladino,” (The language and dialect of Sephardim). Other issues that tend to enhance one’s search is the discovery of material objects that have been secretly or inconspicuously tucked away. Many of these evidences contain Hebrew signs, symbols or letters such as on gravestones, hidden mezuzahs and other objects..
Dr. Sanchez has published seven books in English with five of them translated into Spanish. Two of these books are CD narrations. He has also produced over 100 DVD’s on this subject and written four booklets on this subject.
His website BOOK STORE you’ll find his English and Spanish titles which include the following:
IN ENGLISH EN ESPAÑOL
The Last Exodus El Ultimo Exodo
Aliyah-The Exodus Continues Alia-El Exodo Continua
Sephardic Destiny-A Latino Quest El Destino del Sefardim-La Búsqueda
Obadiah-The Despised Prophet Abdias-El Dereciado del Sefardim
Out from Hiding-Evidences of Sephardic Roots among Hispanics
Surgiendo del Escondite-Evidencias de
Raices Sefardies entre Latinos
Legacy of Secrecy
Mi Casa-La Casa de Sanchez ben Judah
Today’s Collision with Jesus’ Prophecies
Crypto Jews/Anusim-their fight and flight
In Search of Rabbi-a people without a shepherd’
Anusim Survival Handbook-vital steps to aliyah-Vol. I
Anusim Survival Handbook-requirements for aliyah application-Vol. II
Visit his Book Store
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If you live in New Mexico, you can visit Albuquerque's Down Town Library and use there computers to have FREE access to ancestry.com
Excellent site - https://genealogy.org.il/resources/sephardic-2/
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