In this video I discuss the Sephardic Portuguese Citizenship Application project, which I mentioned in previous videos. This project is a sourced document tracing my cousin and I’s shared Sephardic ancestry back to Portugal. I have been building the document using the Genealogical Standard Proof, which gives credibility to the conclusions made in the document. I talk about some of the specific Sephardic families we descend from who were kicked out of Portugal in the Inquisition.
The first family is the de Castro Tartas family from Bragança, Portugal. My 9th great grandmother is Esther de Castro Tartas and she married a man name Jacob Querido. Esther was born in France along with her siblings but her father came from Portugal. In Portugal they were Conversos which meant they pretended to be Catholic while secretly holding onto the Jewish faith. From France the family moved to Amsterdam and then Isaac de Castro Tartas, brother of Esther, went to Brazil to further his studies. He went to the capital of Brazil where he was recognized as a Jew and arrested. He was sent to Portugal where he kept true to his faith and was eventually sentenced to death along with 5 other men. As he was burned alive he recited the Shema which could be heard through the flames. His words were repeated for years after his death by the community of Lisbon and Isaac was considered a martyr of the Inquisition.
The second family is the Belmont-Belmonte family. I have three separate lines of descent from this family that all trace back to Portugal. Two of the lines trace back to Jacob Israel Belmonte who went by the alias of Diogo Nunez Belmonte while in Portugal. Jacob was born in the 1570s and immigrated to Amsterdam in the early 1600s, eventually becoming one of the wealthiest men in Amsterdam. He helped found the Beth Haim cemetery in Ouderkerk and is considered one of the founders of the Portuguese Jewish community in Amsterdam. The third line from the Belmonte family descends from Don Iago Sampayo y Belmonte, who is possibly the grandfather of Jacob Israel Belmonte but it has not been proven. Don Iago’s father is Lopo Vaz de Sampaio who was the Governador de India from 1526 to 1529. He fought for the Portuguese crown and helped capture Fort Mahim in 1529.
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