Those Old Testament Names. Were They Jewish?


We should not assume that our ancestors three or four hundred years ago were Christians. Yes they may have their names in church records, church marriage records, etc. but this does not mean they were not Jewish.  Nor am I trying to say they weren’t Christians. They could easily have been Jewish and were either hiding it or in the process of converting. There are  many Old Testament names resting upon the graves of our Christian ancestors but if you can’t find anything past that headstone, you should try looking at it from another angle.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:


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