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Professor Isaac Jerusalmi (USA) prefers "Ladino", Professor Haim-Vidal Sephiha (France) prefers Judeo-Espagnol (or Judeo-Spanish), and Professor David Bunis (Israel) prefers "Judezmo".)Sephardic genealogist: a generic term for a person engaged, or interested, in the process of reconstructing one or more Sephardic families' lineages (i.e., identifying the places of, dates of, and participants in, the chain of child-producing cohabitations comprising the lineage) extracted from contemporaneous records and/or artifacts such as inscriptions, dedications, tombstones, dairies, community records, commercial transactions, correspondence, government documents, etc.
Version 1.0 of this Introduction covers resources, tools, and techniques for Sephardim living in those regions of the Ottoman Empire comprising the Balkans, western Turkey ("Turkey-in-Europe", and the western coast of Anatolia) and the Aegean Islands.
For example, studies in Ottoman economic history often mention the interaction of Jewish merchants with European counterparts from the 17th through early 20th centuries.
How were the identities and numbers of the Jewish merchants in such studies established?
The identification of useful material for the Sephardic genealogist is a continuing and evolving process.
Consequently this Introduction cannot claim to present all relevant tools, techniques, and resources of use to the Sephardic genealogist as the useful source list has not been finalized.
The answer is in the archives of diplomatic and commercial correspondence, identifying these merchants by name, that were accessed by the original research.
But in the subsequently published studies in academic journals specific names were not required for the purposes of the papers and were omitted.
 There are differences among scholars on the appropriate name for the language spoken by Sephardim.
The material of interest to a Sephardic genealogist is spread over a great variety of sources, much of which was originally published without intention of being used for genealogical research.
Such material resides in the vast literature of (non-genealogical) Jewish studies, Ottoman economic history, and Ottoman philately (i.e., stamp collecting).
Nonetheless, this Introduction attempts to: Sephardic genealogical material (such as articles and/or book reviews of specific family or community histories) is often embedded in publications dealing with Sephardic culture in general.
One task of a Sephardic genealogist is to revisit many of these studies to identify relevant archives.
Such a strategy is discussed, with examples, in this Introduction.