Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Tax Man Who Became a Saint

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Matthew, the fellow who wrote the Gospel, one of four “Gospels” in the bible was also a Jewish tax collector. Matthew believed that Jesus was the Messiah and legend has it that he was “called” by Jesus. Scholars take writings and analyze them and discover that books of the Bible were not written by one author but by several, Matthew is one of those authors. But what I find interesting is that Mathew’s Gospel was directed not at Christians but at Jews, because Matthew was a Jew trying to convince other Jews that Jesus was the messiah. The Roman Catholic Church as well as Greek Churches and the Anglican Church accept Matthew as a 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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I’m French, I’m German, I’m a Latino … Are You Really???

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I guess, if you say so but I find it difficult these days to say I’m anything except all the above to any ethnicity. It’s got to be one of the more ridiculous titles we give ourselves these days and we all do it to define people, guilty here too but is that who we are? I imagine it helps matchmakers; it’s good to get-together with someone who shares the same cultural interests as you. But what about when we are defining where our ancestors came from? That is not who we are, it isn’t even who they were, especially back in the days when people were migratory, so why do we continue it? In some instances I think it stems from ethnicities that hid who they were so that they could receive equal opportunity at landing a job or buy a house in a good neighborhood. In this new millennium, people truly are becoming more color-blind and open to ethnic diversity. Today it’s cool to be ethnic and different. Stay away from those who don’t think so … they sound boring.

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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Mexico’s Inquisitional Coastal Jews

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The coastal area of Mexico is where many Jews settled during the Inquisitional period. As the years progressed, many moved toward the cities. Descendants portray ancestors as Jews who posed as Christians. They chose highly religious surnames like “de Jesus”. They allowed their daughters to become nuns and their sons to become priests so that the family could go to him for confession, avoiding the Catholic version of confessing sins. These families were guilty of Judaizing and they could have been executed for it. History shows that thousands were. These ancestors kept their Jewish symbols hidden away, perhaps never showing them to their children. There is a long list of Converso surnames from Mexico and America’s Southwest. The descendants of these Crypto-Jews are speaking up and re-claiming their heritage and it is not always easy for them.

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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What Does it Mean to be Jewish? Why Search for Jewish Ancestry?

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After spending years on the genealogical websites, I have come to believe that I can help millions of Americans who have reached dead ends in regard to their family trees. Even after several years of hunches that my ancestors were Jewish, there was always doubt, but the ancestors cheered me on. They left proud symbols, whether it was the lions that lay crumbling to entrances of long forgotten homesteads or names they picked for their children, Rachel, Jacob, Samuel, Ezekiah. They had hope for a future where descendants were sensitive to the echo of their voices. The dead can talk and they knew how to leave clues, we just don’t know how to look for them.

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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The Medieval Marketplace

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During medieval times, the town center was the marketplace. The marketplace was also used for community members to speak their political views and a meeting place where organized groups met. There was often a stone foundation which held a cross and upon the cross’s pedestal one would stand and proselytize, preach, announce, etc. In Rome, the marketplace was the forum and was used for community meetings and place to speak publicly. Today this tradition is a remnant of the past when we enter the grocery market and are greeted by political activists requesting our signatures upon their petitions.

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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London’s East End Holds Jewish, Huguenot and Jack the Ripper History

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In the 1600s, Huguenot refugees settled in East End London neighborhoods of Bethnal Green, Shoreditch and Spitalfields. These Huguenots were silk weavers. During the East End’s growth of the 20th century it was not uncommon for women to work at home in their modest studios with various manufacturing endeavors. The “Whitechapel Murderer” was none other than Jack the Ripper, who terrorized the area during the 1800s when prostitution was another one of the professions practiced in London’s East End.

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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