Mondays at Museum Series: Lecture by Genie Milgrom

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Venue:Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Genie Milgrom presents Crypto-Jews: The people that time forgot.

Genie Milgrom was born Catholic and after her conversion to Judaism, she learned the family had Crypto-Jewish roots. Documenting a lineage spanning 22 generations in the Inquisition Archives led to a State of Florida Achievement award in Genealogy.


Genie Milgrom was born in Havana, Cuba into a Roman Catholic Family of Spanish Ancestry. In an unparalleled work of genealogy, she was able to fully document her unbroken maternal lineage 22 generations going back as far as 1405 to Pre-Inquisition Spain and Portugal. She has traveled extensively into Fermoselle, the village of her ancestors in the Zamora region of Spain, while doing field research on the past Jew of Fermoselle and the surrounding area.

She is currently the past President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, President of Tarbut Sefarad-Fermoselle in Spain, as well as Past President of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies.

Genie is the author of the book My 15 Grandmothers as well as How I found My 15 Grandmothers, A Step by Step Guide as well as her latest book, Pyre to Fire. The Books have won the 2015 and 2018 Latino Author Book Awards. She also writes for several on line sites including as well as the Journal of Spanish, Portuguese and Italian Crypto Jewry. She has spoken at the Knesset in Israel and lectures around the world bringing awareness to the topic of the Jews returning from the Inquisition. Her work has been showcased in the Jerusalem Post, The Miami Herald and other publications around the world. She was awarded the State of Florida Genealogy award for her outstanding achievements and advances in the Pioneer work she has done in Genealogy. Genie is now Director of the Converso Genealogy Project digitizing Inquisition Files around the world . Most recently , she was awarded the coveted Medal of the Four Sephardic Synagogues from Jerusalem for her decades of work in recuperation of Sephardic Memory.

$5 JMOF-FIU Members, $10 Non-Members, FIU Students, Staff or Faculty Free