Linhagens has ever tried to recover the historic traditions and heritage of ancient Portuguese Jewish communities, namely through genealogic research of Sephardic Jewish ancestors.
We are routinely contacted by people all over the world who are keen to research their Jewish roots. It often happens that we conduct a broad research and when we see possible links to ancient Jewish communities, that is when people request the search be narrowed.
Our team is familiar with the particularities of genealogic research of Sephardic families and is deeply experienced in consulting relevant literature and documents, namely those from the Inquisition or the Holy Office.
Whenever necessary we also use third party specialists in the research and study of Sephardic communities converted or integrated in to the Diaspora, as well as genealogists and bodies from other countries, namely Brazil, Israel and The Netherlands, with whom we have regular cooperation agreements.
Recent changes in Portuguese law allowing the granting of Portuguese nationality to descendants of Sephardic Jews resulted in a significant increase in applications.
In order to comply with new requests and to help as many people as possible, we have created partnerships with several law firms, especially in Israel. These partnerships help Linhagens maintain genealogic work and coordinate the process for acquisition of Portuguese nationality (including contacting Jewish communities in Portugal and local law firms).
Find out more about our specialized services on Jewish families.