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Portuguese Inquisition Trials
1853-1653 and 1716-1717

Portuguese Inquisition Tribunals

  The rich collection of the Central Archives for the History of Jewish People in Jerusalem includes microfilms of the Inquisition in Portugal that began after 1497 where many Jews, expelled from Spain, thought they had found some rest in that neighboring country.

  The CAHJP possesses microfilmed acts of 514 trials in the Inquisition courts of Lisbon, Coimbra and Evora, against converted Jews accused of practicing Judaism. Among these 514 tried Conversos, were 225 women and 277 men.


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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