Resources for learning about Sephardic ancestors forced to convert to Catholicism during the Spanish Inquisition.
A recent development in Jewish genealogy—thanks in part to DNA research—is the large number of Latinos finding connections to the familias viejos—the first families in what’s now the US Southwest. Many old New Mexico families in particular descend from conversos who arrived with Juan de Oñate and other explorers. Conversos also are called bnai anousim—Hebrew for “children of the forced.” The pejorative term marranos refers to swine and should never be used. Some families have preserved knowledge of their Jewish pasts and observe certain traditions, such as lighting Friday night candles and adhering to dietary rules.
From the September 2009 Family Tree Magazine