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Promesas, finta and impostas of
17th century Sephardic Jews in Amsterdam

PROMESAS are the voluntary taxes that are collected in the synagogue (notes of amounts would be noted down each shabbat). In this database is recorded the sum of the amount in six months. When a child was born or a marriage took place a larger amount was ususally donated.
FINTAS are the obligatory membership fees which were collected according to means. The maximum amount for six months was 75 guilders.
IMPOSTAS is the tax on trade. It was pro mille so you can see how much a person traded in six months by muliplying the amount by 1000.


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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