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Two Charity Societies in Livorno, Italy (1664 and 1715)

In an article published in Revue des Etudes Juives in 1931, the historian Cecil Roth wrote about the Conversos in Livorno, Italy. He illustrated his article with the lists of members of two charity societies. The first one dating from 1644 deals with allocations to Converso orphans who returned to Judaism. The second list dating from 1715 is about the members of Bikur Holim Society (Visiting the Ill). A total of 82 members.

Most of the surnames are typical converso names. Many given names are missing.

Reference: Roth, Cecil. Notes sur les Marranes de Livourne. Revue des Etudes Juives 1931, 91: 1-27


We acknowledge the tremendous contributions and lifelong dedication of Mathilde Tagger, z"l who made this index available. For many years, and right until her untimely death, Mathilde Tagger was a very close friend and collaborator with Jeff Malka. Together they worked to promote Sephardic genealogy research and educate the public about its enormous potential.

In addition, we express our grateful appreciation to Dr. Jeff Malka for his monumental ongoing effort to collect and make accessible Sephardic genealogical information, and for his generosity in contributing his extraordinarily valuable collection to JewishGen.

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