These are just some of the books I have found useful in my searches. It is by no means a complete list but it is hoped that they will be useful as a start in your own searches. Even though the books are divided into sections for convenience, Jews frequently moved from region to region (between Spain and North Africa in pre-expulsion days and between Italy, the Ottoman empire and North Africa after that). It is therefore important to read books from all sections to avoid getting an erroneous view of Jews of this or that region as a separate isolated entity. Sephardic Jews were in constant contact with each other, both physically and intellectually, and frequently travelled to and from Babylon to Spain to North Africa as these books clearly demonstrate.Another great source:
Many of these books are out of print and hard to find. Look for them in local University or Jewish Libraries.
A few can be found at discount internet sources such as Barnsandnoble.com
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1. Sack, SallyAnn Amdur - Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Israel.
Comment: Very useful guide to resources available in Israel.
1. Tello, Pilar Jean - Judios de Toledo.
Institut Arias Montano, Madrid.
Comment: Listing of Jews who lived in Toledo and Court Documents about them.
2. Regne, Jean - History of Jews in Aragon. Collection of Regesta and court documents 1213-1327.
Magnes Press. Hebrew University 1978
Comment: Good source of names from that period.
3. Elnecave, Nissim - Los Hijos de Ibero-Franconia.
Ediciones La Luz, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1981
Comment: Good source of names.
4. Ashton, Eliyahu The Jews of Muslim Spain.
Jewish Publications Society, 1993
Comment: A "classic".
5. Baer, Yitzhak History of the Jews in Christian Spain.
Jewish Publications Society, 1993.
Comment: A "classic".
6. Gerber, Jane The Jews of Spain: A History of the Sephardic Experience.
The Free Press, MacMillan, New York, 1992.
Comment: A must read.
7. Sachar, H. M. Farewell Espana. The world of the Sephardim remembered
Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, 1974-1985.
Comment: Great book by a master.
8. Raphael, David The Expulsion 1492 Chronicles.
Carmi House Press. P.O.Box 4796, North Hollywood, California 91607.
Sephardic House, NYC
Comment: Translations of contemporary writings about Sephardim and the Expulsion. Provides real insight.
9. Assis, Y.T. Jews in the Crown of Aragon. 1213-1327
Central Archives History of the Jewish People, Jerusalem, 1995
Comment: Thorough study of Jews in northeast Spain. History, culture, sexual mores, etc. Essential.
10. Assis, Y.T. Jewish economy in the Medieval Crown of Aragon, 1213-1327.
E. J. Brill, 1997
Comment: Companion volume providing the Jewish economy information.
11. Molina La Expulsion de Los Judios de la Corona de Aragon.
Institucion Fernando el Catolico, Zaragoza, 1991
12. Donate & Magdalena Jewish Communities in Valencia.
Magnes Press. The Hebrew University, Jerusalem 1990
Comment: Good source for Valencia
13. Paris, Erna The End of Days.
Promethius books, Amherst, NY 1995.
Comment: Very readable, perceptive and informative. Highly recommended.
14. Netanyahu, B The Origins of the Inquisition in XIV century Spain.
Random House, 1995.
Comment: A "classic" with a different point of view.
15. Roth, Cecil The Spanish Inquisition.
W.W. Norton & Company, 1996
Comment: Out of date but an "old classic".
16. Raphael, David Expulsion 1492 Chronicles.Carmi Press.
Comment: Great collection of original documents translated into english.
17. Beinhart, Haim Conversos on Trial. The Inquisition in Ciudad Real.
Magnes Press. The Hebrew University. Jerusalem 1981
Comment: About the Inquisition in Villa Real in La Mancha.
18. Roth, Norman Conversos, Inquisition and the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain
University of Wisconsin Press 1995.
Comment: Much information about converso families and lists of converso names
19. Ortiz, Dominguez Judeoconversos en la espana moderna
Editorial Mapfre, Paseo de Recoletos, 25 - 28004 Madrid 1992 .
20. Singerman, Robert The Jews in Spain and Portugal.
Garland Publishing, New York, 1975
21. Liebman, Seymour B. The Inquisitors and the Jews in the New World.
University of Miami Press Except for a brief introduction, the entire book is a listing of Inquisition Records in the New World.
Comment: Good source for converso names in the New World.
22. Adler, Elkan Nathan Jewish Travellers in the Middle Ages.
Dover Publishers, 1987
Comment: 19 fascinating first hand accounts. Entertaining and broadens your perspective.
23. Ginio, Alisa Jews, Christians and Muslims in Mediterranean world after 1492.
Frank Cass and Co., 1992
Comment: Useful information.
24. Abecassis, Jose Maria Genealogia Hebraica. Portugal e Gibraltar
Lisboa 1990 (in portuguese)
Comment: 4 volumes of documented family trees (XVII to XX centuries)
25. Elazar, Daniel J. The Other Jews. The Sephardim Today
Basic Books 1992
Comment: Thought provoking book about Sephardim today, both in Israel and around the world. Highly recommended.
26. Alhadeff, Gini The sun at midday. Tales of a mediteranean family
Pantheon Books, NY 1997 Family story of the Alhadeff-Pinto families in
Turkey, Rhodes, Egypt, S America, etc.
27. Alhadeff, Victtorio La Cita En Buenos Aires Saga de una gran familia
Family story of the Alhadeff family of Rhodes.
TURKEY AND GREECE
1. Galante, Avram Histoire des Juifs de Turquie
Editions ISIS, 1985. Isis Yayimcilik, Kuymcu Irfan Sok, 22/2 Nisantasi,
Istambul, Turkey. Comment: Tells the story of the Jews of Turkey
2. Franco, Moise Essai sur l'histoire des Israelites de l'Empire Ottoman depuis les origines jusqu'a nos jours.
Paris, Dularcher,1897. 297p. (in French)
Comment: This work is a real masterpiece on the subject. The 1897 edition has no index, but many names are mentionned.
3. Shaw, Stanford J. Jews of the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic.
Institute of Turkish Studies, 1994.
Comment: Very good.
4. Levy, Avigdor Jews of the Ottoman Empire.
Darwin Press, 1994
Comemnt: Very good.
5. Angel, Marc D. The Jews of Rhodes: The History of a Sephardic Community.
Sepher-Hermon Press, Inc., New York, 1978
Comment: Very good.
1. Tamir, Vicky Bulgaria and her Jews: the history of a dubious symbiosis.
New York, Sepher-Hermon Press for Yeshiva University Press, 1979.
Comment: The most comprehensive study (in English) on this Diaspora.
Contains a large bibliography and a detailed index with a lot a names.
2. Chary, Frederick B. The Bulgarian Jews and the Final Solution 1940-1944.
Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1972.
Comment: A well-documented study about that miracle that occured in Bulgaria: its Jews, in the heart of Europe were not deported during WW2. The book has a detailed index and a "bibliographical essay". Many footnotes enlarging the subject.
3. Arditti, Benjamin Yehudei Bulgaria bishnot hamishtar hanatsi, 1940-1944.
(Jews of Bulgaria during the years of the Nazi regime, 1940-1944). Tel Aviv, 1962. 436p. (in Hebrew)
Comment: This book is the first one on this subject. When immigrating to Israel in 1949, Arditti brought with him a rich documentation which allowed him to analyze the subject. Includes a documents list, a wide bibliography and an index. This is a masterpiece on the matter. It only
exists in Hebrew.
4. N/A Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora, vol. X: Bulgaria.
Tel Aviv, 1967. (in Hebrew)
Comment: Photographs, a long index and bibliographical citations in
5. Benbassa, Esther; Rodriguez, AronN/A A Sephardi Life in Southeastern
Europe - The Autobiography and Journal of Gabriel Arie, 1863-1939.
Univ. of Washington Press, Seattle, 1998