Felice. Bedford, University of Arizona


 For genetic genealogy, click here For paper and pen genealogy, scroll down.

 Flora Allalouf, circa 1922, NYC

I have investigated ancestry for several branches of my family. The research started in December 1999 when I sent for records from the Mount Loretto Home for Boys in Staten Island, N.Y. for my father's stay there after he was orphaned. Previously, we did not have any information on that side of the family. On my mother's side, starting points were what my mother remembered and information contained in a sprial-bound notebook. The notebook was from when I was about 11 years old and entered answers to questions I asked my beloved mother's mother, an immigrant from Salonica. That side of the family was never thrilled with discussing the past.


I have been able to construct family trees for the following:


I have collected some information on:


I have been unable to find enough information on:


Information has come from birth, death, and marriage certificates, citizenship applications, social security applications, ships passengers' lists, census records and so on. I have discovered and contacted more than a dozen cousins. For information on any of these nine branches, contact bedford@u.arizona.edu . I also have particular interests in genetic genealogy and medical genealogy and am happy to discuss the issues.

 For a genetic analysis of my mitochondrial DNA and its relevance to genealogy click here Who's your mama?


Further Information:

For links and references for genealogy and DNA (mitochondrial), click on DNA link above (Who's your mama).

For Sephardic Genealogy, try Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture

Did your ancestors come through Ellis Island? Go to Ellis Island and search by surname for ship's passenger lists.

There's also an Italian Genealogical group (good info for New York of any ethnicity), obitsarchive (though it costs $3.50 to read an obit), cemetery search for select cemeteries, New York State archives, California death records, the Mormon site (www.lds.org, good for England, South America, especially baptism records), the rootsweb site (good for free SSDI searches) and many others.