The International Institute for Jewish Genealogy (IIJG) has announced an award to Dr. Michaël Gasperoni of the Ecole française de Rome for a research proposal entitled “Reconstructing and Analyzing a Jewish Genealogical Network: The Case of the Roman Ghetto (17th-18th century)”.
Gasperoni’s goal is to reconstruct the entire population of the ghetto in Rome over a period of some 270 years, by focusing on the 1733 Census and linking the results with the 1527, 1571 and 1796 Censuses, which have already been published. He plans to set up a genealogical dataset accessible to the scientific community and genealogists in general, and to present the methodological tools that can serve as a basis for future studies of this kind. His work will contribute to our knowledge of social and familial practices within ghetto populations, based on a statistical analysis of kinship relations, reconstructed through the genealogical dataset at the center of this project. Within that, Gasperoni will offer the first systematic investigation into matrimonial practices of the Roman Jewish population in the modern period, as conditioned by Jewish marriage law and the rules of patrimonial transmission. In the process, he proposes to focus on the impact the ghettoization on social structures and, in particular, on the role of women and migratory phenomena that can bring about matrimonial exchanges between different communities.