Ernie Thode sent a link to an article by Ana Veciana-Suarez published in the Miami Herald about a rather extraordinary genealogy research effort. While raised as a Catholic, Genie Milgrom spent nearly two decades searching for her Jewish roots. The search took her to her ancestors’ hometown of Fermoselle, a village in the province of Zamora on the Spanish-Portuguese border, as well as to a top Crypto Jewish historian in New Mexico, the head Sephardic rabbi in the U.S. and a rabbinical court in Israel. She has now tracked 22 generations of her mother’s maternal line and unearthed centuries-old documents about both her family and Fermoselle as a Jewish settlement.
Milgrom has now published My 15 Grandmothers, a 158-page self-published book that recounts her odyssey through history. I haven't yet seen the book so I won't comment on the accuracy. However, I will state that I would love to see the source citations about all those maternal line proofs. Twenty-two generations of maternal ancestors is a monumental effort in any ethnic group, perhaps even more difficult amongst Crypto Jewish ancestry than in many other groups. In any case, it makes for an interesting story.
You can read more at http://goo.gl/4DIwqF.