Genealogy of the Bene-Israel Community
This project was initiated in 1999 by Nissim Moses. Originally
Mr. Moses was set to develop his own family tree, but slowly as
data rolled in he became more ambitious. He sought information
which could link his family’s tree with others in the community.
Although there were several individuals maintaining their individual
family trees, there were no interconnections among the individual
trees. In addition, those who did develop their family trees had
overlooked a very important family tree data aspect such as family
names and the traditional chain of names used by the Bene-Israel,
the parentage of the wives & daughters of the community. Therefore,
this could make the linking very difficult while tracing the ancestry
between two different sets of trees.
This project certainly would have not reached its current stage
without the active and dedicated contribution & support of
people like Dr. Samuel and Naomi Aptekar, Nurith Divekar, and
This data base has been donated to the Bene Israel Heritage Museum
& Genealogical Research Center in Mumbai (Bombay) who are
currently making a concentrated effort to make this information
available on the web so as to enable other BI's to interactively
access & contribute to the available database. The database
records holds more than 11,500 names, several thousands of photographs
and several hundreds of biographical write-ups of the achievements
of the individuals of the community. All information is strictly
positive in nature & no medical or personal data has been
recorded or will be available in this database. The sources of
the information are from the individuals themselves or family
members in case of the deceased or that is freely available in
published data or on the Internet. Every effort has been made
to protect the privacy of the person on the family tree database.
We encourage members of the Bene Israel community to participate
in Mr. Moses’ project by submitting your relevant genealogical
data. Submit any information you managed to gather for incorporation
into the Communal Family Tree.
You can use the forms below to help you get started in building
your family tree. You are also encouraged to submit any photographs
you may have. Group photographs are fine as long as the person
is clearly visible for a bust picture extraction.
Click here to view
Nissim Moses’ contact information is as the following:
Below you can find couple of sample family trees. Click on each
image to view the complete family trees.
Ancestors Tree of Florabelle Nissim Moses Talkar:
Ancestors Tree of Jaffa Lael Daniel Umerdekar: