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Re: Faria(s) from Sonim
Posted by: Katherine Farias (ID *****5517) Date: September 15, 2005 at 08:25:52
In Reply to: Re: Faria(s) from Sonim by Tony Faria of 415

sure: Sephardim.com - there are also many other sites with a wealth of information... the gentleman that manages the website is Harry Stein. They have a list of sephardic names, Faria and Farias are both listed there, with some numbers, signs that you can look to see the references of the names as being sephardic and whether they were from references in Brazil, Portugual, Spain. The "crypto-Jews" and "conversos" and expelled Jews of Spain fled to Portugal in the mid-1400's, and lived there without problems until the late 1490's when King of Portugal was forced to expel them because his son wanted to marry Queen Isabella's and King Ferdinands daughter "Isabelle" - many then either converted or became "crypto-Jews" or left for the Azores, or Madeira. When leaving Spain if they couldn't pay taxes to get into Portugal they also I believe left for those islands...Many of their children were taken from them, and given to "good catholic" families to be raised as catholics, so it's very possible that many of us are of Jewish origin, but may NEVER know. Because there are no records for children adopted out. There is much reading to be done. I have recently found out that my great-grandparents actually were from MADEIRA [my father always spoke of Lisbon, so I thought thats where we were from} but that's because he lived there and loved it....so I am on a quest to find out more, and this was originally what I was doing before I found out about the Sephardim. Many of my fathers family are gone now, dying young...I don't even know my great-grandparents name except my father told my mother that they never could speak much enlgish. I am assuming that's where the American line begin, with them.


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