Sephardic Jew in DNA

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My DNA shows I have 11.7% Sephardic Jewish Ancestry and want to to dig into it more and want to know where I should start?
asked in Requests for Project Volunteers by Amanda Barba G2G Crew (430 points)
This citation may be helpful:

Reference ID:    
Name:    Agapito Barba
Birth Date:    1867
Age:    21
Spouse's Name:    Dolores Rabago
Spouse's Birth Date:    1872
Spouse's Birthplace:    
Spouse's Age:    16
Event Date:    18 Jan 1888
Event Place:    Nuestra Senora De La Asuncion,Jalostotitlan,Jalisco,Mexico
Father's Name:    Antonio Barba
Mother's Name:    Marian Anaya
Spouse's Father's Name:    Jesus Rabago
Spouse's Mother's Name:    Hilaria Alvarez
Marital Status:    
Previous Wife's Name:    
Spouse's Race:    
Spouse's Marital Status:    
Spouse's Previous Husband's Name:    
Indexing Project (Batch) Number:    M60323-7
System Origin:    Mexico-ODM
GS Film number:    279307
Digital Folder Number:    
Image Number:    


Citing this Record:
"México matrimonios, 1570-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Agapito Barba and Dolores Rabago, 18 Jan 1888; citing Nuestra Senora De La Asuncion,Jalostotitlan,Jalisco,Mexico, reference ; FHL microfilm 279,307.

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Since you are of Mexican descent, this is not surprising.

Prior to the expulsion/forced conversion of the Spanish Jews, there were many Jews in Spain, some of whom were very prominent. Those that converted to Catholicism are referred to as conversos.

Essentially what you need to do to find a connection is to take your family tree back to early colonial Mexico or Spain and connect to a known converso family.

The Mexican Catholic Church records are generally quite good, and for some locations go back to the 1500s. Family Search has many records online, and of these many, but not all, have been extracted or indexed. You can search these from home.

The civil records are online as well; some of these have been indexed. is a better source for indexed records for these. If you do not have an Ancestry account, you can search these at many public libraries and at any Family History Center.

The civil records are often indexed to the mid-1900s, and can get you to the period when the church records are extracted/indexed which is the 1880s.

Good luck!
answered by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (159k points)
selected by Robert Hvitfeldt
yeah but amanda should be aware that there may have been a few converso families(or possibly more than a few) that went under the radar during that time, so it's possible she may not be able to trace her ancestors to the known converso families.  but it's still worth trying to connect her tree to them since it's more solid evidence than having lots of surnames that show up on sephardic surname lists

I possess a Dictionary of Sephardic last names. Barba, according to an article in Enlace Judio lists the last name Barba as one of the known Sephardic families from the region. 

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