Welcome to Jewish Latin Princess Everyone! Today I speak with Genie Milgrom, Genealogist and Crypto Jews Expert. And this is not a title she earned by going to university, but something she has earned with hard work, sweat and many tears – not just hers, but surely of her ancestors. Genie is the author of My 15 Grandmothers, and most recently of How I found My 15 Grandmothers a Step by Step Guide. Both books have won the 2015 Latino Author Book Award.
Genie Milgrom was born in Havana, Cuba into a Roman Catholic family of Spanish ancestry, and she grew up in Miami. We talk about her personal journey, which led her to become an Orthodox Jew and later on to embark on an unparalleled work of genealogy. She was able to fully document her unbroken maternal lineage going back as far as 1405 to Pre-Inquisition Spain and Portugal. Genie and I talk about the emotional aspect of what she personally went though and what many souls – who as Genie says, come back to this world alone and searching – go through. Genie has taken it as a personal mission to educate the world about the Crypto Jews, to help those who are searching for their ancestry, and to make sure that communities are sensitive to souls who are trying to come back, or who are looking to connect with their Jewish lineage.
She is currently the Immediate Past President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, President of Tarbut Sefarad-Fermoselle in Spain, Immediate Past President of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies at Colorado State University. She was awarded the State of Florida Genealogy award for her outstanding achievements. Her work has been featured in the Jerusalem Post and The Miami Herald, among many other publications around the world. You will hear from a very brave and extraordinary woman. Get ready to get goose bumps and be wowed. Here’s Genie Milgrom.